history of the museum
In 1919, the building that houses the Herzstein Memorial Museum was originally constructed as a Methodist Episcopal Church. The building still features the original stained glass windows and original kitchen. In the beginning, the building also houses a one lane bowling alley, a roller rink, and a center stage. Upstairs is the original sanctuary which still holds the majestic original stained glass windows.
The late Albert Herzstein, remembering his childhood hometown, generously supported the museum. In 1987, an extensive renovation of the building began through the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.
Most of the original construction has been impeccably preserved, including the white cedar floors.
In dedication of the Herzstein Foundation, one exhibit features personal treasures from the Herzstein families collection from world travels and items from their home.
Other exhibits include artifacts from the Dust Bowl era, the old Santa Fe Trail, Black Jack Ketchum, the Zia Gardens, and includes the largest Works Progress Administration collection in the state.