Conrad museum a step back in time

CONRAD – Cliff Wilson is passionate about the preservation of history in Conrad. He even has his own wing at the local museum with items he’s collected through the year.

The Conrad Heritage Hall Museum is located within the city hall building. It includes hundreds of historical items with many dating back to the early 1900s.

“It’s the history of the community,” Wilson said. “It was a time that communities were growing back then.”

The museum includes a wide range of items from a 1920s washing machine to early 1900s wedding dresses. Antique household items are also abundant. There’s a display devoted to the former doctor in town, R.T. Spain, complete with his old equipment. Spain practiced in town from 1907 to 1952.

“He delivered me on Christmas of 1928,” Wilson said.

There is also a case devoted to the military highlighting those who have served from Conrad, a section on the old school and a space with old items used at businesses in town.

One of the items that grabs the most attention is the ball and chain, which Wilson said was the equivalent of the town’s jail in the early days.

Through the years, visitors have not been as abundant as the historical items at the museum, and Wilson wants to change that.

“We’d like to encourage more traffic so more people can review history,” Wilson said.

Admittance to the museum is free and by appointment only. To make an appointment call city hall at 641-366-2300.