Pioneer Museum opens for another season

The Ward County Historical Society Pioneer Village Museum opened for the season on Saturday.

Bruce Brooks, president of the historical society, said several hundred people turned out for the event, which included a classic car show, a memorial tea in honor of the late Arlene Saugstad and a barbecue. People enjoyed touring the grounds and looking at the newly refurbished buildings, including a building displaying antique vehicles and the Lutheran church and schoolhouse on the grounds.

The museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on Sundays by appointment. Call 839-0785 for more information about tours.

Brooks said there will be a classic car display, rotating every month, during the season. The Magic City Antique Car Club is now in charge of the display.

President Dan Caswell said the club wants to switch the cars out every month, focusing on different eras. During the first month, they will focus on horse-drawn equipment such as buggies, covered wagons and sleighs. They are looking for people to loan their classic cars to the museum for display for a month. People who are interested in loaning a car should call Caswell at 721-3617 or email him at

Brooks also said the museum is in need of volunteers. For more information, people can call 839-0785.

Other events are planned throughout the summer. The museum will host “Arts in the Parks” on the evening of July 3. The museum will be open during the State Fair.

Andrea Johnson