the Jefferson County Museum
The purpose of the County Museum shall be to preserve and promote culturally and historically significant sites and heritage throughout the county; and to cooperate and assist in establishing and maintaining any museums in Jefferson County.
The Jefferson County museum and its Preservation Board also shall:
(Jefferson County Resolution 40-2008, 2016. Excerpt.)
The Jefferson County Museum in Clancy opened in 2000. Since then, the museum has been located in the historic Old Red Schoolhouse.
The museum patrons enjoy today is a result of more than two decades of hard work by a multitude of previous volunteers, board members, donors, and staff. We extend our gratitude to each and every one of them!
Special recognition to board trustee Sherry Carlson of Clancy. She has served on the board continuously since the museum opened. Her ongoing efforts and dedication are most appreciated!
More museum history, as recalled by Sherry:
When the museum opened in 2000, Susie Lindsay was hired as the first museum director. The facility was located in the Clancy Old Red Schoolhouse. (There were no feasible options for facility space in Boulder at that time.)
The museum initially rented the space directly from the Clancy School District. (The building was no longer in use, since a new school had been opened in 1993.)
To prepare the Old Red Schoolhouse for occupation by the museum, several volunteers painted the ceilings of 3 rooms and repaired wall cracks on this aging facility. (Originally built in 1898.) Volunteers included Bob & Jackie Haab of Clancy, in addition to Gary and Sherry Carlson.
The first displays were comprised of items borrowed or donated by several people. One of the first large artifacts to fill the museum space was a historic cast iron kitchen stove, loaned to us by Terry Lindsay (Clancy). The Bob Marks family (Clancy) also donated numerous items for the grand opening.
A few of the other volunteers/trustees involved over the years have included: Ellen Rae Thiel (Boulder), Paul Kleffner (MT City), George Ammen (Boulder) & Bud Siderits (Jefferson City).
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