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History of Odessa Historisches Museum

ODESSA — The Historisches Museum was conceived in 1970 and incorporated in 1971 with the establishment of a historical society to serve the Southwest Lincoln County area.

As a physician, new to the Odessa area, Dr. John E. Gahringer was impressed by the historical accounts that patients and neighbors recounted to him regarding the settlement of the land by German-Russian immigrants. He realized it was important that this special German-Russian heritage be preserved.

About this same time, Dr. Gahringer had purchased an empty building in which to store his own personal historical collections. Co...


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