Bill Perry and Sandra Slater were recently honored by the Phelps County Community Foundation. Bill and Sandra were awarded the first "Random Acts of Kindness" grant to be given by the Foundation. The grant was given in their names to the Nebraska Prairie Museum of Holdrege. Perry and Slater are volunteers who have generously given their time and talent to the museum.
The museum received $2,500.00 from the Foundation. The Museum has several projects toward which this grant may help fund, two of which are: remodeling the front foyer, making it more open and inviting, and installing brick streets in the Town Square, which Bill Perry built for the Museum several years ago.
Sandra Slater has been a mainstay in the Museum's Don Lindgren Genealogy Library, helping people from Phelps County and around the world find their family heritage, collecting historical information and writing books and articles about historical events, people and places.
Antique Phone Booth
An antique phone booth from the Kronquest Implement Store in Holdrege was recently given to the Nebraska Prairie Museum by longtime Kronquest employee, Bob Schroeder. It was in 6 pieces, and Prairie Museum volunteer Bill Perry cleaned and polished the wood, assembled the booth like a puzzle, installed an antique crank-type phone, and now it sits proudly and beautifully just outside the Radio Room at the museum.
The "Lone Star" pattern quilt was made by Nellie Two Bulls of the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1970-71. It was a gift to Dr. Park who served his residency from the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Pine Ridge.
Mrs. Karen Park, wife of Dr. Park, donated the quilt to the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. The quilt is on loan to the Nebraska Prairie Museum from MONA.
Mary Olson and Sandra Slater hold the Lakota quilt over the railing at the Nebraska Prairie Museum.
Come to the Nebraska Prairie Museum and view the Lakota quilt as well as several of the hundreds of quilts on display.
Young and Old
Holdrege Memorial Homes brought residents to the Nebraska Prairie Museum recently, and found many interesting artifacts, and were pleasantly surprised to find some children who were also interested in the museum . . . especially the toy store. See Gallery for more pictures
A two-week school year for the Snowball one-room-school at the Nebraska Prairie Museum ended recently, with students wishing they could finish the real school year there. Fun and games and even some scholastic study entertained and educated these school children from Elwood, Wilcox-Hildreth and Cambridge. Even the teachers got into the Prairie School Marm mood.
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PLUM CREEK MASSACRE
Wow! A large crowd was on hand at the Nebraska Prairie Museum for the reenactment of the August 8, 1964, Plum Creek Massacre. Janessa Maurer, George Matthews, and Lindsay Warning portrayed three witnesses to the Phelps County massacre that started the Indian Wars.