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Cedar County Commissioners get museum update

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HARTINGTON — Cedar County Commissioners got an update on improvements at the Cedar County Historical Museum during their Oct. 22 meeting.

Dan Kathol, Board Chairman for the Cedar County Historical Museum, reported on all the improvements that were made at the Historical Museum over the past year and how the money was allocated and spent. The County provides a stipend for the facility each year.

The improvements and additions consisted of a new lighted sign in front of the museum and a complete repainting of the outside of the main museum house with the entire cost covered by warranty.

The Exhibit Building improvements have also been completed. These include new ceiling fans and a commercial grade dehumidifier to keep the interior humidity level consistent.

Major work was also completed on the Carriage Barn that sits behind the museum. A new foundation was installed on the north and west sides of the building, a replacement service door was installed and new windows and trim were added. All the rotted wood siding boards were also replaced and finally the entire building was power washed, primed and painted.

After some work in the interior is completed, the Carriage Barn which houses a number of museum items, will again be open for tours. Also, a number of new bushes and trees were added to the museum grounds.