History of Nebraska goes on display

March 2, 2017 GMT

Library shares photos, items to celebrate state’s birthday

Nebraska celebrated 150 years of statehood on Wednesday with events all across the state.

The North Platte Public Library opened its NE150 exhibit on Wednesday.

“Last year we applied for a grant and got it through the NE150 organization, so we are on their calendar,” said Cecelia Lawrence, library director. “I decided we really needed to celebrate North Platte’s history along the way. We took our exhibit idea and really ran with North Platte’s early history.”

Lawrence got together with Jim Griffin, curator of the Lincoln County Historical Museum, and found photos from that era. There are photos of homesteaders and early photos of the town, prairie-scapes and railroad.


Included in the display is a three-dimensional exhibit with a plow, saddle and other early prairie artifacts on loan from the museum.

“It is a librarian’s dream of getting to do research of this old, traditional era of looking for pictures and looking for information and reading through many, many books of information to put into the exhibit,” Lawrence said. “Then it was difficult trying to narrow it down to what we could fit on the exhibit panels we have.”

There is also a display of books that include titles such as “Hell on Wheels,” “Nebraska, Where Dreams Grow” and “Willa Cather” that may be checked out for reading.

Photos include some of North Platte’s early leaders and some of the early buildings, including St. Patrick’s School, which was established in 1889. That particular photo shows students and Catholic nuns posing in front of the building.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of March and then will be moved to the museum to open sometime in July.