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Historical Society Museum moves outdoor equipment to new location

A few workers load up Historical Society Museum equipment onto a flat-bed trailer on Aug. 11 in Dewey Humboldt. (Historical Society Museum/Courtesy)

A few workers load up Historical Society Museum equipment onto a flat-bed trailer on Aug. 11 in Dewey Humboldt. (Historical Society Museum/Courtesy)

Beginning at 4:30 a.m. Aug. 11, volunteers with the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society moved its outdoor exhibits from the former Second Street location to their new home at Mortimer Family Farms.

DHHS President David Nystrom described the moving workday as starting in the dark with an overcast sky which eventually turned into a sunny day. The huge labor of love ended by mid-afternoon when Nystrom called the move a complete success.

“Everything was safely moved without incident or damage,” Nystrom wrote in an Aug. 16 email to the Society’s members.

The “museum move crew” consisted of John Young on heavy equipment/front loader, Scott Duffy with his pickup truck and trailer, and Bob Thomas, Charlie Connell, Carl and Paul Haueisen and Nystrom with another pickup truck and trailer.

“John was an expert on manipulating the controls of the front loader with Scott, Bob, Charlie, Carl and Paul knowing exactly where to tie off everything for the big lifts,” Nystrom related.

Somehow, word of several “suspicious characters” moving museum exhibits early in the morning reached local law enforcement officers, who showed up in force and ended up helping to clear the way for the move.

“This is a big step for the Historical Society,” Nystrom said.

The organization raises money with its annual Agua Fria Festival, occurring this year on Saturday, Sept. 22, with a record number of vendors lining Main Street, Humboldt.

Nystrom is calling for volunteers to help with the Festival, one of three large fundraising events for the Museum. The others are the Cowboy Poetry and Music in the spring and the Mine Tour and BBQ in the summer.

To volunteer a few hours, give Sue Palacios a call at 928-499-9972.