Minden — Minden’s iconic Harold Warp Pioneer Village will be the focus of history buffs across the country starting Wednesday night with the premiere of the “American Pickers” episode featuring the museum and its collections.
In the episode titled “Wolfes Go West,” hosts Mike and Robbie Wolfe explore Pioneer Village’s vast collection of surplus artifacts in search of treasures to purchase. This episode was filmed during the man’s visit to Minden, which was closed to the public in April 2022.
For those unfamiliar, “American Pickers” is a reality series that has aired on the History Channel since 2010. Nashville location. In each hour-long episode, he and his brother, Robbie, travel across the country in search of Americana to buy and resell in business.
Harold Warp Pioneer Village was opened in 1953 by Warp, a wealthy Chicago businessman who was born and raised in Kearny County and committed to preserving the history of “human progress since 1830.”
The museum’s extensive collection contains more than 50,000 items, housed in 28 buildings on 20 acres north of Minden. However, not all collections are on display.
Pioneer Village is best known for its historically significant buildings on site, arranged around outdoor green spaces to form a ‘village’, but there are also vintage cars, old farm equipment, It is also known for its massive steel-framed building filled with countless other American artifacts. technology and culture.
After a period of declining attendance and increased maintenance needs, Pioneer Village is now seeing renewed attention as volunteers are set up to restore some of its past brilliance. It is run by a non-profit educational foundation that includes community representatives and the Warp family.
The January 25th episode, which is technically Season 24, Episode 4 of “American Pickers,” will air on the History Channel at 8:00 PM.
For those who want to come together and watch the episode as a community, the Minden Opera House organizes watch parties around the movie screen in the auditorium.Doors open at 7:30pm