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Cambridge Museum

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It might be unusual to see a pelican, moose, and a two headed calf all in one spot. Well, it's always a little different to see a two headed calf. However they're all on display together at the Cambridge Museum.
   "A lot of people can't believe that things like that were found in this area. It's hard to believe that animals roamed this country like that," said board member Lloyd Thompson.
   The Cambridge Museum started all the way back in 1938 with one man's collection. With help from large donations, the museum moved to its current location in 1990. It chronicles the history of Cambridge and surrounding area.
   "We've had so many people from out of state and out of country come in and are amazed at the museum we have in this small town," said curator Betty Kruger.
     Many local artifacts such as the tree that grew around a shotgun fill the museum. However, don't be surprised if you see many things from the southwestern United States. The founder of the museum lived in New Mexico and would send many items back to Nebraska like this piece of art made of rattlesnake tails.
"The knowledge that's in it, everybody ought to check it out. There's a lot that some of the kids didn't even know about some of the stuff," said former curator Marjorie Ridpath.
    The Cambridge Museum dedicates one of its wings to local artists. They show off many unique works of art and even hold artist demonstrations.
   "I think it's great. I had a young man come in here the other day, I think he was about 15. I showed him where his grandma had a picture in the gallery and he was just so happy and surprised."
    The animals at the museum may have some unexpected neighbors. But by being together, they're teaching many about the history of their town through their journey there.
  The museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

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