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FARM approves museum co-location
March 22, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Children and their families search for coins during the FARM's Family Fun day last October. The FARM membership recently voted to move forward with a move to co-locate with the North Platte Valley Museum, currently located on 10th Street in Gering.

Members of the Farm And Ranch Museum met last week for their 21st annual meeting last week and overwhelmingly voted support for the museum co-location project.
The vote was 78-3 to go ahead with moving the North Platte Valley Museum out to the FARM campus near the Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Nancy Haney, media coordinator for FARM, said about 100 members attended the event at the Gering Civic Center. With approval for the co-location, members then had to vote on modifying the museum’s bylaws to make it and easier process when both museums vote on combined bylaws in the future.

For the past several weeks, members from both museums have been meeting in smaller committees to address all the details of the co-location, from legal and fundraising matters, to facilities and building, and a group that is working on a combined storyline for the history displayed in both museums.

“History is about people and that’s what we want to showcase,” Haney said. “We want visitors to be able to say after a visit they found themselves somewhere in the museum.”

Haney also emphasized that both two museum organizations will retain their own name and identity. “Everything we’ve both done, all the activities, will still be there,” she said. “We both have strong organizations, so we’re joining strength to strength.”
FARM is adding an additional 14,000 square feet to its building to house the North Platte Valley Museum collection. A new parking lot and other buildings will be added as well.

Also during the annual meeting, FARM named Gary Warner as its Volunteer of the Year for 2012. He was instrumental in procuring a small herd of longhorn cattle for the museum, which graze to the west of the building. Warner also checks them every day when bringing feed.

Currently, Warner is cataloging FARM’s entire library into a database for easy research.

Members also voted for new board members. Elected to another term were Galen Larson, Larry Hubbard and Jim Duncan. Newly elected board members are Jim Schild, Jeff Pieper and Paul Considine.
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