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Preserving history at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park

Daughters of the American Revolution Sioux Lookout Chapter
Local DAR chapter restores Buffalo Bill collection at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park.
Local DAR chapter restores Buffalo Bill collection at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park.(Melanie Standiford)
Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 12:34 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have created a new look at Buffalo Bill Cody’s barn located in North Platte at the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park.

Sioux Lookout Chapter member Marie Gertsch of North Platte saw the need to preserve history. She requested permission from the superintendent of the park and got the backing of the DAR chapter in North Platte to remove, restore and rehang the many pictures of Buffalo Bill Cody, his friends, and his family.

In the north part of Buffalo Bill’s barn began a labor of love. With the help of park employees Gertsch created a gallery wall extending the 130-feet along the north wall of the barn, plus additional gallery walls throughout the barn.

Gertsch started the project in October 2019 by bringing along a co-daughter of DAR, Carolyn Weekly, and the two got to work.

And she credits Alyssa, Nancy and Craig Fabik of Bible Supplies in North Platte for their extensive help with telling the story behind the pictures with their advice and engraving skills. Photos along the barn wall and in the galleries are identified with engraved plaques, telling the story.

DAR Honorary State Regent Suzanne Jarman traveled to North Platte from the east part of Nebraska. She was very impressed with the project.

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