The oak chair that had been sitting so long in our vault had been used in the House Chamber of the second Nebraska State Capitol. The first State Capitol was built in Lincoln between 1867 and 1868. Due to poor construction and inferior materials, the building began to crumble. By 1881 the first wing of a second State Capitol was completed and the entire building finished in 1888.
In the early 1900s, this bell was used on a homestead in Otoe County to call farmhands to meals. In the 1920s, it was used by WJAG radio announcer, and future Nebraska Senator, Karl Stefan to add sound effects to his noon report. WJAG radio of Norfolk was started in 1922 by the Huse family, and is one of the nation's oldest radio stations.
In terms of preservation, the Ford Conservation Center in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the state’s best-kept secrets—and we’re trying to change that! We are the only regional conservation lab between Minneapolis and Denver, and we want more Nebraskans (and Iowans and Missourians and Kansans and South Dakotans!) to know what we have to offer.
What is the Ford Conservation Center?