Carol Christen came out of retirement to give back to the community of Broken Bow as the new curator of the Custer County Historical Museum. She began her duties Tuesday. Although she is a native of Custer County and a genealogy and history buff, Christen said the job will be "an interesting challenge."
The Custer County Historical Museum in Broken Bow has the second largest collection of genealogy and biographies in the state. (The Nebraska State Historical Society has the largest.) The museum has family history files, marriage records, obituaries dating back to 1890, a computerized homestead index, and other early land records. There are historic maps and atlases, military notes, community histories, including major news events such as fires, and census information dating back to 1880, including cemetery censuses.
Most area newspapers dating back to the early 1880s are available on microfilm, and there is an extensive photograph collection of towns, sod houses, communities, schools, and more. Online indexing includes cemetery records, obituaries, homesteads, biographies, and a list of early residents from the late 1800s.
You can read more in an article by Kris Williams in the Lexington Clipper-Herald web site at http://goo.gl/WWca5