"The only thing new is the history we don't know." Harry Truman
The North Platte Valley Museum in Gering, Nebraska, permanently closed on August 16, 2013.
We are not gone, however!
We are merging with and moving to the Farm And Ranch Museum to become Legacy of the Plains Museum. You can follow updates on the project on the "A work in progress" tab at left, or follow Legacy of the Plains on Facebook.
The NPVM reserach archive has already moved to its new location at Legacy of the Plains Museum (FARM), 2930 Old Oregon Trail. Call 308-436-1989 to schedule an appointment to view materials.
Once construction is complete in autumn 2013, the NPVM collection will move to its new location, and the process of merging the two museums' exhibits into a comprehensive storyline will begin.
A message to our supporters
We at the North Platte Valley Museum have received several questions recently about a Gering craigslist ad that is offering to sell the “Oregon Trail Museum Collection.” We wish to clarify that this sale of antique items is from a private museum that has no relationship to the North Platte Valley Museum.
We also wish to emphasize that because we are a nonprofit organization operating for public benefit, we have a much different obligation with respect to our collection than a private museum has. When we as a public trust museum accept an item into our collection, we are assuming an obligation to use that item for the public benefit. In the case of the North Platte Valley Museum, the public purpose of our mission is to preserve history and teach people about that history through exhibits and demonstrations and by maintaining a research collection.
On occasion, we may determine that it is no longer in the public interest for us to continue to expend our limited resources to care for an object, such as when duplicates of an item are donated or when an object is determined not to fit the museum’s mission. In that case, a very stringent procedure is followed. A recommendation is made to the museum’s Board of Directors to remove the item from the collection. If the board approves removing the item from the collection, the disposition of that item follows our collections policy.
Please feel free to call the museum if you have any questions.
North Platte Valley Museum 900 Overland Trails Road Gering, NE 69341 . 308-436-5411 . firstname.lastname@example.org
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