Historical Society

Museum Hours

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April - October

Meeting Minutes

May 1, 2016
February 7, 2016
November 1, 2015
August 23, 2015
May 3, 2015
February 15, 2015

Historical Society

Mary Anne Placek 448-5265
Judy Rada 243-2356
Evelyna Burianek
William Kottas
Helen Kottas
Larry Kaspar
Phil Weber
Eugene Placek
Eric Placek
Roger Rada


S.W. corner of Junction
NE Hwy 33 & Washington Street,
Dorchester, NE

Museum Pictures

1880's Bedroom

1880's Kitchen

1927 Fire Truck

Barber Shop in Main Building

Buckingham School

Burden home, the first Black settlers in Saline County

Butter Display

Charles Havlat Display


Log Cabin


Plato Traveling Post Office

Wedding Dress in Chapel

Saline County Historical Society Museum

In the 1950’s, Rosa Dusanek had a dream of building a Saline County Museum to house the history of the people of Saline County. A Saline County Historical Society was established in 1957. In 1960, the County Commissioners gave the society a one-tenth mill levy.

A building was built in 1964. It houses military memorabilia, a music room and other collections. There now are eleven buildings.

The Chapel contains “In Loving Memory” funeral displays, an altar and wedding dresses and suits. Charlie Havats, last man killed in WWII, memorial.

The Memorial Building has an 1800’s bedroom, a parlor and a kitchen. There is a textile room, dentist office, doctor’s office and a beauty shop.

There is a section for all organizations of Saline County. The Museum will take organizational minutes and scrapbooks from disbanded organizations.

The Weidner Building which houses the fire truck, wagons, photography, and electrical displays.

The Machinery Building has implements from the past centuries.

The Voting Building is original. This building was only used for voting.

The Buckingham School is a one room country school from 1871. It is a building where present day children can go to school to see how their grandparents were educated.

The Bulden Home belonged to the first black homesteader in Saline County. Seven children were born and raised in this two room home, dated 1868.

The Cizek log cabin, dated 1866, is in a building, along with a large collection of barbed wire.

The Depot Building is from Dorchester and houses railroad memorabilia.

Our last building, Plato, is a traveling Post Office. It’s a small building that moved from farm to farm.

The Saline County Museum is operated strictly by volunteers. The Saline County Historical Society Board consists of ten individuals that meet quarterly.

There is no admission fee, although donations are welcome.

We are open Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., from April to October. An Open House is held in October.

Contacts are:
Judy (402)243-2356
Mary Anne (402)448-5265