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The Buffalo County Training School
The Buffalo County Training School began classes in 1902 in this building which now houses the Alma Area Museum.
This is a round barn on the Herold bluff.
Many barns sit idle these days. At one time there were a number of round barns in the county. This one was on the Herold bluff. Photo courtesy MaryAnn Hurlburt
This threshing crew is ready to move in the Praag area
Note that the stack is in front of this machine. E. F. Ganz once wrote that \\\"The machines were kept going into the winter as long as deep snow allowed for stack threshing. To lug an outfit from one valley to another on bobs was not less common than for a man to carry a borrowed breaking plow across the bluffs on his back.\\\" Photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Wilferd Schaub
The Huber buffalo herd from Rose Valley, near Cochrane
The Huber brothers brought a buffalo bull back from the West by using a buckboard with the floor removed as a travelling corral. This bull helped them form the only buffalo herd in the county since the white man had appeared in 1839. Prior to that, Father Louis Hennepin had named the Buffalo River when he was taken past it in 1680 and saw buffalo near the mouth of the river.
Real horsepower was often used in Buffalo County
Horsepower was used to move a building in Gilmanton. The structure is still used for the post office. Photo courtesy Velva Molland
The following list of volunteers is by no means the complete list of volunteer opportunities available at the Buffalo County Historical Society. If you can think of a project or need that we may need filled, or find one below you are interested in, feel free to contact us and see if we can help you out!
Helps design exhibits in the BCHS office as well as other exhibit areas throughout Buffalo County. This person must have a love of local history, a keen eye for what visitors may find appealing, and know, or be willing to learn, Buffalo County’s rich history as well as standard artifact handling policies and procedures.
Handles genealogy requests that are submitted to the Buffalo County Historical Society. This person must have a basic understanding of genealogical research processes and be willing to learn about genealogical records located in the BCHS office and courthouse.
General Office Work
Helps in the BCHS office with general office tasks such as photocopying, assembling the newsletter and other mailings, cleaning, organizing, filing, etc. This person should be able to spend time standing or sitting for a longer period of time and handle repetitive tasks such as stapling, folding, filing, and more.
Social Media Guru
Helps manage the Buffalo County Historical Society’s social media accounts. This person should be “fluent” in Facebook, Twitter, and more. This volunteer may be able to accomplish much of the work outside of the BCHS office (such as home, coffee shop, internet café, etc.), but would need to gather information from the office to use in our social media campaigns.
The Buffalo County Historical Society would love to use more professional graphics in many of its publications and daily operations. This person would help with graphics for public events and programs that the BCHS has throughout the year. Much of this work can be done outside of the BCHS office (such as home, coffee shop, internet café, etc.).
The BCHS collections contain newspapers from over 150 years of Buffalo County History. To make these papers more research friendly, we have several indexing projects planned. This person should be able to use a Windows PC with Excel and general software knowledge. Most of the time will be spent using one of our microfilm readers so the ability to look at a screen for the amount of time volunteerinig is key.
The BCHS hosts several events throughout the year and there is always a need for help setting up, tearing down, staffing informational tables, running the sound system, videotaping, providing baked goods, and more.
The BCHS is always looking for help researching local history for exhibits, publications, our website, and more. This person should be able to perform research tasks using primary and secondary sources in the BCHS office and the Buffalo County Courthouse. If willing, research can sometimes be completed in other archives and locations in the area.
The BCHS office is always looking for speakers and willing participants to help bring Buffalo County’s rich history to the general public. If you have a story to share with others and it has a connection to Buffalo County, let us know! We can work with you to create a public presentation.
Items donated to the BCHS go through a process of cataloging that takes time and some effort to complete. We are always looking for volunteers to help us catalog these items into our searchable database (using PastPerfect museum software). This volunteer will be given training to use PastPerfect but should be comfortable using a PC. Because of the delicate nature of some of our artifacts and archival materials, standard artifact handling policies and procedures will be taught and must be followed.