The NSHS works hard to collect and preserve Nebraska history, but we don’t do it alone. Historical organizations and museums dot our ninety-three counties and contain many treasures. To support their work in preserving our collective history we’re showcasing items from the collections of various Nebraska Historical organizations through our Treasures from Nebraska Museums program. The items are featured in Nebraska History News, here on our blog, and on exhibit at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln.
Our featured organization from early January through March of 2014 is the Old Freighters Museum in Nebraska City. Located in a historic building, The Old Freighters Museum uses exhibits, artifacts, photographs and video to interpret the history of freighting and western migration on the trails passing through or near Nebraska City between the years of 1846 to 1870. Included in the exhibits are listings of freighters who worked in Nebraska City in the 1850s, a scale-model of the original Russell, Majors and Waddell compound and additional artifacts and information regarding the company, a period bedroom, and an art exhibit of William Henry Jackson prints showing life along the western trails.
The museum is located at 407 North 14th Street in Nebraska City. It is open by appointment November through April and for additional limited hours during the rest of the year. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students. For an appointment call: 402-873-9360 or 402-873-6188. For further information go to: www.nebraskacitymuseums.org
The images below showcase just a few pieces from the Old Freighters Museum collection:
–Deb Arenz, Associate Director for Collections