Dedication of TWO historical markers in Custer County Nebraska

Dedication of  two new Nebraska Historical Markers by the Custer County Historical Society, on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  These historical markers, in addition to the exhisting 530+ across the state, tell the sometimes forgotten stories of Nebraska’s history that are worth knowing. 

The first ceremony will be at 10:00 AM for the MITCHELL AND KETCHUM HOMESTEADS MARKER located six and one-half miles east of Westerville on Nebraska Highway 70 at Road 459.  The marker tells the 1878 story of a deadly showdown between settlers and cattlemen.  The homesteads of Luther Mitchell and Ami Ketchum were located a mile south of the marker.  Join us for more of the story, refreshments and the dedication.

The second ceremony will be at 3:00 PM for the ETNA MARKER located nineteen and one half miles south of Arnold near the intersection of Highway 47 and Drive 780. The historical community of Etna had a Post Office, general store, school and a telephone company.  Please join us for refreshments, Etna stories, and the dedication. 

We are grateful to the Nebraska State Historical Society, members of the Custer County Historical Society, and for the generosity of our marker fund donors.

Custer County Historical Museum 308-872-2203

2017 Pie & Ice Cream Social at CCHS

Our annual social is open to the public and is like a community business after hours. We would invite you to come in and see what is new at the Custer County Museum in Broken Bow Nebraska. We have wonderful pie of all sorts and sizes. You can get Ice Cream on top or on the side if you like.  We will have a donation jar to add to the funds for the front room updates.

Come in and browse the museum and see our new LED lighting, wow they sure brighten up the front room. This was made possible with donations and a very nice grant to update to save energy.

The Summer Travel Season

Summer is just around the corner now and travelers with be on the road to a new adventure.

Last summer Custer County Museum was a passport stop and our neighbor in one of the stops this 2017 season. Be sure to stop next door and see us again. Our hours are Monday to Friday 1 to 5 pm until Memorial Weekend and then we have change to our summer hours (Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm). We have a few new artifacts to check out.

Research can be done on your family genealogy that was in Custer County. We have an amazing research center here and is indexed and your history can be easily found.

Does your group need a community service project? We are a volunteer location for the Nebraska 150 impact. Check us out to see if your group can help out. We continue to scan items into the computer for archiving the many papers and we can use some help with this project.

Research your heart out in Custer County, Nebraska

We have bunches of information listed on our web page for researching your family in Custer County, Nebraska. Our research center has been used by all ages, from beginners to advanced. We have seen the college paper being worked here to just getting the answer to a community question.

You can search for history of a community or history of a business. You may also find some interesting story about your home.

With our electronic gadgets we can record almost anything for the preservation of history.

We are open year around and what a great way to spend time to yourself or with your family by looking into the past. What stories can you add to the archives here?