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Swenson Memorial Museum gets new air conditioning for second floor exhibits

Swenson Memorial Museum gets new air conditioning for second floor exhibits
April 08
10:56 2021

By Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

The Swenson Memorial Museum in downtown Breckenridge is ready for warmer temperatures, thanks to a grant that paid for new air conditioning and heating on the second floor.

In recent years, the second floor was often too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.  The new system will make viewing the upstairs exhibits more comfortable for visitors.

After closing for a while due to the coronavirus pandemic, the museum is open once again. The first floor has a variety of exhibits, including displays featuring:

  • Breckenridge and Stephens County history
  • Saddles, barbed wire, arrowheads and other items of interest
  • Basil Clemons and his photography
  • Breckenridge Buckaroos
  • Military uniforms
  • Breckenridge businesses
  • Football standout Jerry Tubbs
  • Local fossils, animals, plants, etc.
  • and more

Upstairs, there are exhibit rooms set up to show an early classroom, doctor’s office, sewing room, club room, bedroom, dressing room, beauty shop, etc. There are also collections of Depression Era glass, sewing machines, antique toys and more.

The Swenson Memorial Museum is located at 116 E. Walker, in the old First National Bank building. It is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 254-559-8471.

 

Cutline, top photo: The front exhibits of the Swenson Memorial Museum currently feature displays on Jerry Tubbs, a Breckenridge High School graduate and football star, and a small collection of bridal dolls. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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