The Cowley County Historical Society Museum: 1967
THE EARLY YEARS OF THE CCHS MUSEUM: SOME RECOLLECTIONS
By Roland Mueller
During the past forty-five years, historians have begun to appreciate more fully the value and functions of local history. The result is history that is not only more interesting because it reflects local interests and concerns but is also more concrete and easier to understand. A significant factor in this change has been the growing number of local history museums.
It is correct to say that the major purpose of the history museum is to teach history. The means by which this accomplished has been clearly spelled out in the by laws of the Cowley County Historical Society Museum, whose 40th anniversary is now being observed. Among them are "to collect, embody, arrange and preserve books, pamphlets, maps, charts, manuscript papers, paintings, statuary, relics and other material illustrative of the history of Cowley County; that it shall gather all information calculated to exhibit the past and the present; and that it shall carry on educational work."