Passports encouraged to see these regional museums

June 17, 2018

Visitors to Northeast Nebraska’s museums can celebrate the area’s history — and become eligible for cash prizes — by participating in the Passport to Heritage program.

Those who visit all 11 museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day will be eligible for the top cash prize of $300.

At a meeting of the Heritage Museum Network at Allen, members representing the region’s museums decided to once again offer the passport program to the public.

The program began on Memorial Day weekend 2016. It was developed by the museum network under the guidance of the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) organization.

Prizes the first year were books and gifts donated by the area’s museums. Cash prizes were started last year and continue this year.

An anonymous donor provided the cash prizes last year. This year, prizes will be supplied by museum participation fees and program advertisements.

“The participation in the program has grown in the past two years,” said Dick Haskin, RC&D staffer. “We hope the program draws even more visitors this year.”

The passports are booklets available at each participating museum. Once a visitor obtains a booklet, he or she can have each museum affix a sticker in the center section of the book.

The center section, which includes a form to fill out, can then be removed and mailed to the Northeast Nebraska RC&D, 702 E. Park Ave., Plainview, NE 68769.

The mailing must be completed by Sept. 18.

Those who collect stickers from each of the 11 participating museums will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize of $300.

If nine or more stickers are collected, the drawing is for a cash prize of $100. For five or more stickers, the drawing is for a cash prize of $50.

The booklet includes a description of each of the 11 museums and advertisements.

The museums are:

— Antelope County Historical Museum, Highway 275 and Fifth Street, Neligh.

— Ashfall Fossil Beds, 86930 517th Avenue, 2 miles west and 6 miles north of Royal.

— Cedar County Historical Museum, 304 W. Franklin St., Hartington.

— Dixon County Museum, corner of Third Street and Clark Street, Allen.

— Graves Library Museum, 206 W. Third St., and Depot Railroad Museum, 101 E. First St., Wakefield.

— Mars Historical Area Ghost Town Tours, 7 miles north of Royal.

— Pierce Historical Society Museum, located in Gilman Park, Pierce.

— Plainview’s 1880 Railroad Museum, 304 S. Main St., Plainview.

— Plainview Klown Doll Museum, corner of Highway 20 and Maple Street, Plainview.

— Verdigre Heritage Museum, 206 S. Main St., Verdigre.