Christmas at the Cabin
As their horse-drawn wagon veers around a bend in the road, the time travelers welcome the site of a small log cabin lit by kerosene lamps. In his pioneer attire, Pa opens the door and steps out on the porch to invite the shivering visitors inside where the family is preparing for Christmas. As Ma pulls a pan of hot cookies from the oven in the black, wood burning stove, the children string popcorn to decorate the spindly tree Pa chopped down and placed in the corner of their meager home. This is Christmas in the Cabin, a living history event at the Heritage Center in Abilene on the first Sunday in December.
Chapman Tornado Recovery
On June 11, 2008, a half-mile wide F-4 tornado swept through the community of Chapman, destroying or damaging dozens of homes, several businesses, churches, the school district’s administration offices and all three school buildings. Despite the devastation, the very next day Dickinson County Administrator Brad Homman, in charge of emergency services, reflected the optimism of the community of around 1,400 people when he stated: “We’ve still got half the town intact.”