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Union County, SD Historical Society takes visitors a step back in time

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Union County, South Dakota's historical society hosted a program to honor the troops on Memorial Day.

A presentation of the colors, patriotic tunes, and a picnic drew more than a hundred people to the grounds of their new museum in Elk Point.

Monday, marked the grand opening of the period home.

Visitors took tours while also taking time out to remember our military men and women.

"Hopefully, we honor the people who serve and also the ones who are serving right now. And also, hopefully we can show them what we're doing with the museum as far as for the veterans," said Milton Ustad, a Vietnam Veteran.

The museum includes an area dedicated to Union County's military past.  Visitors can see uniforms, pictures, and medals.

Other highlights include a prohibition-era end table that was use to hide bottles of liquor, a chair made out of antlers, and a bathroom with an old-fashioned tub and toilet.  The master bedroom contains a spinning wheel and old Singer sewing machine, along with a wedding dress from the 1800's.  Much of the furniture was donated by Union County residents and dates back to the 19th century and early 20th century.

The museum was moved into the Murtha Home, which was erected between 1873 and 1887. The home was renovated in 1982.  The bricks were made on site by the farming family.  Click on the video to take a look inside.

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