The Nebraska Prairie Museum

The Phelps County Historical Society was organized in 1966. Our first displays appeared in the halls of the courthouse, then later, in the vacated Salvation Army building located just north of the current Holdrege City Hall. On April 22, 1975, ground was broken a half-mile north of the Country Club on Highway 183 for a 154′ x 120′ steel structure, now known as the Nebraska Prairie Museum (NPM). Several large additions and improvements have been made over the years. As well as, sharing geological and historic resources. The mission of the NPM continues to be a historical, interactive, resource for the community, through the collection of artifact, archival documents and memorabilia that explain the lifestyles of those who preceded us.

Recent Posts

2006 Ice Storm 1/4ly Program

Rod Waldrip, Retired Senior Facility Engineer at BD – Holdrege presented the program. Below is an article about the program written by Patti Simpson. A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Nebraska Prairie Museum during Tuesday night’s frigid temperatures for the Phelps County Historical Society’s quarterly program. PCHS board member, Rod Waldrip presented hisContinue reading “2006 Ice Storm 1/4ly Program”

Phelps County Celebrates Nebraska Centennial with Old Settlers’ Picnic—1967

Stereoscope – Jan 2017 by Patti Simpson Many of our readers will remember little or nothing about this part of our county’s history. The first “Old Settlers Picnic” was held in 1919 at the Peterson’s Summer Resort. The Resort was owned by two brothers, Oscar Peterson and Arthur Peterson on the land that, Dr. Theo.Continue reading “Phelps County Celebrates Nebraska Centennial with Old Settlers’ Picnic—1967”

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  • Our summer hours are April – September
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