"My, my, my -- Y-Knot," Cumming said as he took his first glimpse in 15 years at the stainless-steel smoker that for decades sat in front of the local restaurant he worked so hard to run.
The 84-year-old and his family got a sneak peek Friday at a new
The museum's collection includes menus, newspaper articles and the large, white sign with red lettering that's sure to remind visitors of the
For Cumming, just seeing the old smoker, which now has a fresh coat of silver paint, was enough to bring the memories flooding back.
He bought the large cooker from a business in
"I barbecued lots of hundreds of them," Cumming said while checking out the item he sold years ago.
He delivered the smoker last week with assistance from Platte County Historical Society Board member
"He'll be down here crying when sees it, believe me," Griffiths said as the men positioned the smoker near the museum's east building.
Cumming didn't shed any tears when he saw it about an hour later, but it certainly brought back fond memories of his days owning the Y-Knot.
The local restaurant is a huge part of
"Everybody talks about it," she said.
But the exhibit, located mostly inside the former Third Ward Elementary School building, is more than a memento for the former restaurant.
There are many other items that represent the famous people and popular places in
Other pieces tell the stories of
Schrader said the museum is still looking for more local items to add.
"This is going to be an ongoing exhibit," she said. "It probably never will end."
The museum can be reached by calling 402-564-1856 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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