Museum Holds 'Soft Opening'

Sheridan County Historical Society members Mary Ellen McWilliams, left, and President Dave Barkan, right, visit with Museum Director John Woodward during museum's "soft opening." (Photo by Pat Blair)

More than 20 people attended a “soft opening” of the Sheridan County Museum and Historical Society Tuesday night.

Museum Director John Woodward explained the purpose of the event.

He said the doors will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, and the museum will be open from 1-5 daily through the month of May. The museum will also be open on Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29. Woodward said hours those two days will be 9-5, and admission will be free.

Starting this year, the museum is creating a timeline of Sheridan County from the distant past to present-day. In a presentation earlier this year, he said the museum has developed a two-year exhibit plan that includes the geology and natural history of the area as well as the history of the people.

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From left, Kathleen and Sheridan City Councilman Thayer Shafer and Historical Society President Dave Barkan. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Museum exhibit on Dayton artist Hans Kleiber. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Portion of Tom Warnke's diorama of the Monarch coal mine. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Tom Warnke's diorama of the town of Monarch. (Photo by Pat Blair)