A Note from our Director – July 2017

Since I last wrote in our most recent newsletter, the museum has been quite active and tackled many projects. The biggest of which is big and mostly yellow. If you were able to join us for our pie social and quilt exhibit opening, you hopefully also saw that the caboose has been completely painted in its original Union Pacific color scheme.The floor has also been installed. This phase of work to restore the caboose required a great deal of physical exertion and was entirely completed by volunteers. Thanks to them for helping to make the museum really shine.

We’re also steadily at work planning for the World War I exhibit highlighting Sarpy County’s efforts. We’ve come across some really interesting and largely unearthed history that we are eager to share with you. The exhibit will open on September 1st. We are still seeking your help, please don’t be shy. Any photographs, items, letters, or uniforms and equipment related to the war would be greatly appreciated. Please let us know if you are willing to share anything with the museum.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for our annual fundraiser dinner on August 12 at Bellevue University. While prohibition is often connected to the roaring 20s, it started here in Nebraska one hundred years ago in 1917. Naturally, the theme this year is centered on the speakeasy. The musical entertainment and décor of the evening will reflect this time and place. Tickets are the same price as last year, $30 each or $125 per table and are now on sale and can be obtained at the museum. Don’t worry, I promise there won’t be any questionable bathtub gin but your attendance will help make a difference in keeping our local history alive.


See you at the museum,
Ben Justman
Executive Director