Created this summer, the Nebraska City Museum Association’s Maintenance Committee is assisting all of the museums of the community in their preservation endeavors. Focusing its initial efforts primarily on the two Historical Society’s buildings, both were assessed and repairs are being made based on building safety, time and funds available.
One of the priorities for the Nelson House was the status of the two Silver Maples growing in front of the house. Photographs from 1910 show the two trees less than ten feet tall. One hundred years later, these two specimens’ size and location were now considered a threat to the period home. While the Maintenance Committee worked on more manageable projects, the City of Nebraska City stepped in and assisted with the trees. Considered a threat to the nearby power lines as well as the home, these trees were removed without cost to the Historical Society.
With work still underway on the Old Freighters Museum, with the help of the community and City, the Historical Society is now able to ensure the continued life of both of these historically important sites. With just a month remaining of the Museum Residents Program, local residents can still visit both of these museums for free and see the improvements made.