There are many buildings which comprise the museum grounds. Each one houses different exhibits, loosely organized by interest, and reflect various aspects of Humboldt's history and everyday life.
The buildings are discussed in more detail below, and consist of the Stone House, the Schoolhouse, the "Tools of the Trade" Building, the Pole Barn, and the Annex.
The Stone House is the original building of the Humboldt Historical Museum. Located at the corner of Second and Neosho streets, the stone structure was built in two parts.
In 1867, the Curdys - a local Humboldt family - built the original structure. Mr. Curdy went on to become Humboldt's first mayor. The home was constructed of the same stone seen today, and served as their home for many years.
Further construction was realized by V. A. Sneeringer around 1875, when the northern part of the stone structure was built. At this point in time, the original entrance door and an additional window situated directly above the entrance were filled in - you can to this day see the faint outline that marks the original door and window. (see photo to the right)
On November 22, 1965, the City of Humboldt obtained the property, and has since deeded it to the Historical Society to use the building as a museum. It was renovated and then opened to the public in October of 1969.
In 1976 there was one final addition to the house originally built by the Curdys as a single-level wing was constructed on the west side. This addition was financed by the sale of cement blocks - at the cost of one dollar each - to be applied to the construction expenses. The cement blocks were then used to build the wing. The money raised was matched by the Bicentennial Fund, and a list of the contributors is still displayed on a plaque in the museum.
The Stone House is used to house historical displays, documents, photographs and other memorabilia of social life in Humboldt.
The Schoolhouse is a replica of an early twentieth-century one-room school, and was built in 1995 under direction of the Humboldt Historical Society.
Besides being a powerful reminder of education in Humboldt's earlier time periods, the Schoolhouse now houses the vast majority of the museum's historical records.
Within are display cases featuring many education-related pieces, such as school programs and yearbooks, and there are several examples of school uniforms and extra-curricular trophies.
The Schoolhouse is furnished with period desks, complete with several curriculum primers, textbooks, and other learning materials of the time.
Finally, while the Stone House is the centerpiece of the museum's displays, the Schoolhouse is the physical focal point of the grounds. Visit here first not only to view the materials on display, but also to request a tour guide for your visit to the other buildings.
Tour Guides are available at the Schoolhouse.
The Tools of the Trade Building houses a working printing press, and was used by the Humboldt Union - the town's newspaper - a corn broom maker, washing machines from various eras, a barbed-wire collection, saddles and harness, and a blacksmith forge. Also in the display are many hand tools of both past and present function.
The Pole Building contains many items related to the working of a farm. From combines to threshers, here you can find old representatives of a working method long-gone.
The Annex houses several replicas of circus life. Crafted by the late Mr. Lewis Howland, a local artist, they consist of many different variations of circuis wagons. The Howland collection also includes several models covering a wide range of structures.
Built in 1999, the Annex also contains a display devoted to Walter Johnson and George Sweat, both professional baseball players who were born and raised right here in Humboldt.
All of the museum buildings may be covered during the tour, and your guide can answer any specific questions you may have about either the buildings themselves, or the displays and objects contained within.