WAYNE – Members of the Wayne County Historical Society will be opening their 2022 calendar season, ‘History Loves Company’ with a tea party this weekend.
With funding provided by Humanities Nebraska, plan on joining the Wayne County Historical Society at Wayne State College on Saturday, April 23. The event will take place in the Elkhorn Room of the Kanter Student Center on the WSC campus from 2 – 4 p.m.
Elizabeth King is helping promote the Wayne County Historical Society. King served as president of the Howard County Historical Society in St. Paul and has also worked in broadcast journalism for many years including in Grand Island and Lincoln, Nebraska as well Branson, Missouri while spending some time in Nashville, Tennessee.
The first event for the 2022 Wayne County Historical Society calendar will be Saturday’s tea party and will feature Sue McLain, known as Yesterday’s Lady from Beatrice.
King said McLain will be presenting the Humanities Nebraska program, To Top it Off: History of the Hat.
“So, she’s going to teach us all about the history of hats from the 1850s through the 1960s,” said King. “She’ll be bringing a display of all of the different decades and the hats that represented those decades.”
There is no cost to attend as there will be refreshments and snacks served as a part of the event.
RSVP to Rachel Kunz by calling 402-363-8548, acting president of the Wayne County Historical Society.
McLain has a three story historic building in downtown Beatrice.
“The main floor of the building houses her collection,” King added. “She has over 3,000 pieces of clothing, accessories from 1860 – 1970. She has traveled statewide though Nebraska Humanities for 25 years.”
The Wayne County Historical Society Museum is located on the corner of 7th and Lincoln. Regular hours at the museum will begin Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 29 from 2 – 4 p.m. or open by appointment by calling 402-363-8548. The museum will be open each Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. through Labor Day weekend.
Free will donations are being accepted to visit the museum.
Also, the Tour of Homes event will return this November.
King mentioned the Wayne County Historical Society is wanting to increase their membership.
“They just really work hard to keep that museum open,” King mentioned. “To keep it so that people can come and see part of this history of Wayne County because it is Wayne County’s history and it is the Wayne County Historical Society. So, it’s not just Wayne, but all the surrounding towns.”
Like the Wayne County NE Historical Society Museum Facebook page where more information can be found for the ‘History Loves Company’ special events series.
Elizabeth King ‘View from Wayne America’ interview: