Bissell Buzz 2015/02

June 2, 2015

At the end of our third week into the season, we have now had our first international visitors at the Fort.  Michael and Pam Jones from Bundaberg, Queensland Australia stopped here for a quick stretch of legs on their road trip en route to Toronto, where their son is getting married.  Their quick stop eventually turned out being a bit over a two hour visit and they were pleasantly surprised at the variety of interesting items and stories that we have here.  Other visitors from out of state were from New Mexico, Utah, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Missouri and even New York!

We have received quite a few new acquisitions that will be on display soon.  We are delighted in the public’s appreciation and participation in making the Fort a real treasure trove where history is preserved for all to enjoy.  A beautiful specimen white tailed deer was put up in the Critter Cabin on Thursday.  It was taken 2 miles west of Long Island on the banks of the Prairie Dog Creek and was given by the Conrad Cox family.

The one room schoolhouse is definitely the favorite with all children.  We are amazed and thought being on a summer vacation, they would not want to go near a classroom.  Maybe it’s the fact that they know its all fun and without any learning obligation. The school bell is rung whenever we enter the schoolhouse and can be heard far and wide around the Fort.

Fun Fridays are to commence next week again.  Children from 6 to 12 years are invited to come and spend an hour of fun at the Fort.  We will be doing a Scavenger Hunt and will start at 10am.  There is no cost, but free will donations are always appreciated to help us cover the costs of the activities.

Our hours are Tuesday to Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm.  Closed Sundays, Mondays and 4th July.  Regular updates and photos are posted on our Facebook page.  Remember entrance is free. See ya at the Fort – hopefully soon!!

Ruby Wiehman – Curator