Pioneer Rooms

Pioneer Rooms

A rendering of rural and urban life between 1870 and 1930.

The former Eckland building which houses the Hettinger County Historical Society Museum’s main office is also home to a series of Pioneer Rooms. The Pioneer Rooms exhibit consists of a dining room, bedroom, kitchen, parlor, and bathroom. All rooms are equipped for both rural and urban life between the years of approximately 1870 and 1930. In 1983, the Pioneer Rooms exhibit was dedicated to Mrs. Delores Tollefson whose efforts on behalf of the HCHSM were immense.

As an extension of the Pioneer Rooms exhibit, there are four additional rooms to the back of the building with themes relating to the rural experience of the Great Plains. The Native American Room holds various artifacts dedicated to the celebration and interpretation of Native American history. This room was dedicated to Andrew Anton who retired as the HCHSM’s first curator in 1980. Extending off from the Native American Room is the Women’s Tasks Room. This room is brimming with domestic tools such as washing machines and sewing machines. To the right of this room is the Children’s Room and the Art Room. As one would expect, the Children’s Room is dedicated to the preservation of various children’s clothes, toys, basinets, etc. Finally, the Art Room consists of a collection of various artistic renderings created by regional artists.