Sometimes the greatest treasures are on your own back yard.
A great example would be the Emmet County Historical Society Museum, located at 1720 Third Ave. in Estherville, just across the street from Iowa Lakes Community College.
The museum has been acquiring a lot of antique farm machinery over the last couple years, the most recent of which were balers from the Schacherer family and from Allan Reinders. And yes, continued exhibit donations are welcome.
The museum has grown to a fairly large complex - thanks to donations. The new Greig Memorial Building, made possible from a donation from the Hugh Greig estate, will house the museum's extensive military collection in honor of Hugh's many years of service to his country.
There's still time to visit the museum this summer. It's open 2-5 p.m. seven days a week through August. It's a great place to take your family if they're coming home for a summer reunion. If you haven't been there lately, you'd be amazed at the exhibits of clothing from various periods, farm implements and the military section. There's even a Kinnard's Dairy section, complete with dairy bar. There have even been weddings at the Palestine Lutheran Church, a quaint and beautiful church that evokes memories of country churches from Iowa's past.
Admission is free; however, since the museum operates on donations, any amount you can possibly give is welcome. Donations may also be sent by mail to: Emmet County Historical Society Museum, 1720 Third Ave., Estherville, IA 51334.
So pay them a visit. It's your museum, and an incredible treasure. And you deserve to pay them a visit.