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Cash for Cabins

Stuhr Museum is home to some of the oldest original surviving log cabin structures built and occupied by the area’s earliest known immigrant settlers. The vast majority of these irreplaceable log cabins were built along the Wood River by some of our communities’ founding families.   These are significant historical treasures. Weatherworn, deteriorated logs and disintegrating adobe must be replaced and restored. Your help is needed to support this work as no dedicated funding is available.

The log cabins are an integral part of the mission of Stuhr Museum and serve as a window into the lives of the founding families of Hall County and the way of life of the prairie pioneers of the 1800’s. Annually, over 1,000 children participate in this segment our educational programming and experience history coming to life within the cabins.The Stuhr Museum log cabins provide a tangible, unique physical connection to the past that allows for one-of-a-kind immersive, experiential learning.

Students create crafts, build miniature log cabins, and plant crops while experiencing life in a log cabin. They learn through practical pioneer activities during programming such as hauling buckets of water, using a yoke, and playing games that pioneer children would have played!

The Laura Ingalls Wilder class allows children and youth to “join” Laura, Mary, Ma and Pa for a true prairie adventure!  Students learn to sew simple projects, create crafts, and cook on a wood stove, as they experience the type of prairie life that Laura would have known.

The 1800’s log cabins provide educational opportunities for generations of youth through many classes and programs. These hands-on experiences leave an indelible impression providing enrichment and capacity for new learning while connecting youth with the modest but challenging prairie life of 160 years ago.

For more information about our historic treasured cabins, please contact Brooke Lanoue at or call 308-385-5316!