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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.

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Floyd Lindstrom

Published in September, 2018 Stereoscope Floyd Lindstrom; Medal of Honor recipient by Patti Simpson. Floyd Lindstrom’s Early LifePrivate First Class Floyd K. Lindstrom, was born on June 21, 1912 in Holdrege, Nebraska, to Otto and Anna (Spongberg) Lindstrom. Around 1915, Anna moved away from Otto with her two young children, Pauline aged six and Floyd,Continue reading “Floyd Lindstrom”

Gustaf John Johansson

Gustaf John Johansson was born December 26th, 1829 in Tryggrop, Rydaholm Socken, Smaland, Sweden. After service in the compulsory Swedish military, Gustaf was married on March 25th, 1855 to Stina. Between the years 1858 and 1866 they had four children together Emma Maria, Anders Johan, Anna Mathilda, and Jonas. In their journals it was evidentContinue reading “Gustaf John Johansson”

Swedish Emigration

Swedish emigration got underway in the early 1840s, and had the third-highest rate in all of Europe. Phelps County Nebraska, similar to many counties across Nebraska, was settled by a tight-knit Swedish population. Many of the population were farmers who found themselves without means, spurned by the modernization of agriculture. In 1844 the first stagesContinue reading “Swedish Emigration”

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