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New museum director on staff at Lexington

The Dawson County Historical Society has a new museum director.

Crystal Werger, a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, replaces John Woodward who resigned in April.

Werger studied history and art history and interned with the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln. She later married Michael Werger and became a mother of two boys, Caleb and Joshua.

While still living near Lincoln, she volunteered with the Murdock Historical Society and Museum where she helped apply for several grants to fund building and advertising projects for the museum.

In 2002 the Wergers moved to Elwood. In 2005, when her oldest son started kindergarten, she became the assistant cook in the Elwood Public School kitchen. After nine years, Werger decided it was time to pursue her passion with history and preservation.

As the Dawson County Historical Museum director, Werger has many goals she wants to achieve. She hopes to find volunteers interested in natural landscaping to give the museum yard some curb appeal.

She also wants to work with area schools to bring more students to the museum. Her primary focus this summer and fall will be special exhibits from the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) and Smithsonian promoting “Hometown Teams.”