Elkhorn Valley Museum Commemorates Blizzard of 1888

NORFOLK - One of the most notorious days in Nebraska history is commemorated this month at Norfolk’s Elkhorn Valley Museum.  According to administrative assistant Ali Abler, temperatures were unseasonably warm when children walked to their one-room school houses on the morning of January 12, 1888.  By the afternoon, cold winds and blinding snow left many stranded and helpless.  Experts estimate about 200 people perished on the plains during the Blizzard of 1888, many of them children.  The display at the Elkhorn Valley Museum includes news articles, clothing and other artifacts.  Abler says other notorious blizzards are featured in the display including the Blizzard of 1948 and 49 when Air Force planes dropped food for people and livestock stranded on the plains.  The Elkhorn Valley Museum at 515 Queen City Boulevard, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5.  Admission prices range from $6 for adults to $3 for children ages 5-to-11.  The Blizzard of 1888 display will be featured through December 31st