If you've ever paid a visit to the Emmet County Historical Society Museum in Estherville, you can start to understand the efforts the board makes to put together a first-class museum of which any community would be proud.
This Friday, board members Mildred Bryan, Kon Koons, Don Valen and Wayne Petersen and intern Joan Bryant offered us a "sneak preview" of some of the expanded exhibits in the new Greig Memorial Building, constructed thanks to a generous donation from the Hugh Greig estate. To everyone who knew him, Hugh had a wit sharper than a bullwhip and a keen mind to match. His tireless efforts to boost Estherville put the rest of us to shame.
Having reached the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard, Hugh naturally had a big interest in military memorabilia. That's why a lot of the building named in his honor features a military section highlighting all military conflicts from the Spanish-American War forward. There's also flags from the nation's inception, including an original 1870 flag that was flown on a Lake Superior ore ship.
The exhibit donations - and their donors - are impressive. There's a pitching machine from the St. Louis Cardinals and a loom built in Norway in 1896 that was disassembled and shipped to America.
What's amazing is that all this is done with volunteer help.
If you would like to help their cause with artifact donations, money or your time, visit the Emmet County Historical Society Museum at 1720 Third. Ave. S. in Estherville 2-5 p.m. June through August or call them at (712) 362-2750. Donations may be sent to the Emmet County Historical Society Museum, 1720 Third Ave. S., Estherville, IA 51334.
They really deserve your help and they'll appreciate it immensely.