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Heritage Nebraska has launched a statewide search for Nebraska's most outstanding Hidden Treasures, Fading Places and Destination Places.

"Nebraska has an abundance of places where history lives and, sadly, a number of fading places, too," said Gene O. Morris, chairman of Heritage Nebraska's 2012 program to recognize Hidden Treasures, Fading Places and Destination Places.  "With this statewide announcement we are asking all Nebraskans to join us in looking for special places for recognition," Morris said.

What the Heritage Nebraska Judges are Seeking

For HIDDEN TREASURES, the selection panel is looking for special places which don't receive much recognition, but are worthy of seeking out. The Hidden Treasures span a wide spectrum, including historic architecture, unusual landscapes and dynamic downtowns. They are special places, but more people need to know about them.

FADING PLACES are a different story. They are fading places faced with continued neglect or demolition. They deserve a second chance; a shot at being preserved or saved through creative re-use.

DESTINATION PLACES are a new category this year. They are museums and historic sites which tell the story of Nebraska history. What judges want to know is how the museum or historic site makes the facility attractive to tourists.

Send in Your Nomination

“This is an opportunity to showcase Hidden Treasures, Fading Places and Destination Places in every part of the state.  Nebraska has so many wonderful places that need to be recognized,” Morris said.  “Please tell us about them."

Nomination forms can be found in the "About Us" section, "documents."  Those seeking information may also e-mail geneomorris@yahoo.com or call him at 308-340-5972. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is June 15, 2012.  Nominations need to be mailed to: Heritage Nebraska, % Gene O. Morris, 1503 Norris Avenue, McCook, NE 69001 or emailed to geneomorris@yahoo.com.  Heritage Nebraska is a statewide advocacy group for historic preservation.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 http://www.heritagenebraska.org/news/latest-news/heritage-nebraska-seeking-hidden-treasures-fading-places-and-destination-nominees Elizabeth Chase
2011 Heritage Nebraska Preservation Award Winners Announced http://www.heritagenebraska.org/news/latest-news/heritage-nebraska-preservation-award-winners-announced Heritage Nebraska Preservation Award Winners Announced

Heritage Nebraska recognized outstanding achievement in historic preservation at the Heritage Nebraska Annual Awards dinner on Friday, July 22, 2011 at Chances R in York, Nebraska.

"The work of Nebraska preservationists is best reflected in their daily activities and the influence they have on, not only the preservation movement, but the quality of life in general," said J.L. Schmidt, Executive Director of Heritage Nebraska. "The people and projects reflect the best efforts to maintain the essential character of Nebraska."

Heritage Nebraska educates and engages community leaders regarding the economic benefits and importance of
preservation; trains volunteers, business leaders and property owners in established best practices; provides vision to help communities identify their assets and help to find the resources needed to make great things happen; and links communities and individuals to the nationwide network and resources of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The 2011 preservation award winners include:

In the category of EDUCATION, recognizing educators and citizen preservationists who have provided educational programming to students and the general public about historic preservation: the winner is Roxanne Smith, the Nebraska State Capitol Tour Guide Director. Day in and day out she is responsible for the tours given to visitors to the Nebraska State Capitol building. She is the first touch that thousands of Nebraska School kids have to not only the amazing Capitol Building but also historic preservation. Even adults - often people from out of state - who tour that architectural wonder we call our state capitol.

In the category of OUTREACH, recognizing an individual or organization that has done the most to spread the word about historic preservation: the winner is Restore Omaha for its six solid years of presenting an annual workshop for homeowners and preservationists as well as various activities such as the 10-10-10 tour (ten buildings on October 10th in 2010). This year's conference was the largest ever and reached hundreds of residents to instruct them in the ways of historic preservation at a grassroots level through educational sessions and hands-on demonstrations. The conferences have featured a variety of experts in the field from the affable Bob Yapp who teaches traditional building arts to the economic guru Donovan Rypkema who preaches preservation-based economic revitalization.

In the category of STEWARDSHIP, concerning the care and maintenance over time of a historic property or properties: the winner is the Nebraska State College System for preservation and stewardship of the three historic Nebraska State College campuses at Chadron, Peru and Wayne. A historic preservation ethic is emphasized for each campus and everyone, from maintenance personnel to top administrators, appreciates and recognizes the historical significance of the buildings and grounds. From the high plains of the Panhandle's Chadron State College, to northeast Nebraska's Wayne State College and down to the campus 1,000 Oaks in Peru, the state college system is a steward of Nebraska's Heritage.

The PRESERVATION award recognizes an outstanding or noteworthy preservation building rehab project. This year's winner was a slam dunk once the scaffolding was removed and the landscaping work begun. The winner is the Nebraska State Capitol Masonry Repair Project. Years in the making and millions of dollars later, the nation's most beautiful state capitol is standing tall and proud. A true feat of historic preservation, the building has rehabilitated to original standards from the very foundation to the top of the Sower's head. The building represents a true icon for the entire state, standing as tall and proud in Eastern Nebraska as historic Chimney Rock stands in the Panhandle.

New this year is the YOUNG PRESERVATIONIST award recognizing the person or group under age 35 who have made a notable contribution to preservation in Nebraska and represents the future of preservation in the state. The winner is Chase Becker of West Point. He has conducted tours of historic rural churches in several counties, maintains an awesome website of images from many of those churches and has been actively involved in the National Register nomination of and an on-going re-use of the old West Point Municipal Auditorium.


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2011 Heritage Nebraska Main Street Award Winners Announced http://www.heritagenebraska.org/news/latest-news/2011-heritage-nebraska-main-street-award-winners-announced 2011 Heritage Nebraska Main Street Award Winners Announced

Heritage Nebraska Main Street recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2010-2011 at the Heritage Nebraska Annual Awards dinner on Friday, July 22, 2011 at Chances R in York, Nebraska.

"The work of Nebraska Main Street communities is impressive and are illustrated through the people and the projects that are being honored tonight," said J.L. Schmidt, Executive Director of Heritage Nebraska. "I congratulate the great volunteers and staff of each and every Main Street program in Nebraska for the hard work that they put in to make it happen."

The Heritage Nebraska Main Street program targets Nebraska's historic commercial districts. Staff members provide technical support and training to designated communities that have made the commitment to revitalizing their downtown commercial districts using a comprehensive strategy based on historic preservation and utilizing authentic community character for economic development.

Main Street communities include Alliance, Beatrice, Elkhorn, Falls City, Fremont, Geneva, Grand Island, Kearney, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, Sidney, Wayne and York. Bassett, Hastings, Lexington, Minden, Norfolk, and Polk County participate in the Associate Member program.

The 2011 award recipients are:

Monthly Reporting: The Main Street programs in Alliance, Beatrice, Plattsmouth, Sidney, Wayne and York were recognized for consistently meeting the monthly reporting deadline.

1,000+ Annual Volunteer Hours: The Main Street programs in Beatrice, Fremont, Grand Island, Nebraska City and Plattsmouth were recognized for exceeding 1,000 volunteer hours during 2010-2011.

National Main Street Accreditation: Main Street Beatrice, Main Street Falls City, Plattsmouth Main Street Association, Historic Downtown Sidney and Main Street Wayne were recognized for achieving National Accreditation from the National Trust Main Street Center.

Public Partner: The City of Sidney's Certified Local Government Program (CLG) was recognized with the Award of Excellence for their partnership with Historic Downtown Sidney on several projects in their Main Street district. Honored Recognition was given to the City of Falls City and the City of Nebraska City.
Corporate Partner: eXmark Manufacturing Company of Beatrice was recognized with the Award of Excellence for its partnership with Main Street Beatrice for the Charles Park Renovation Project.

Fundraising Project: Main Street of Fremont was recognized with the Award of Excellence for their Harlem Wizards Fundraiser. Honored Recognition was given to the 5th Street Festival co-produced by Main Street Beatrice and the Main Street Placemat Project in Plattsmouth.

Innovative Leadership or Management: Citizen's for Safe Streets & Sidewalks, a coalition of community members in Plattsmouth were recognized with the Award of Excellence for their efforts in getting a local bond issue passed that would pay for improvements to streets and sidewalks communitywide including downtown in the Main Street district.

Communication, Marketing and Image: Honored Recognition was given to Main Street Beatrice for their monthly newsletter, Main Street Falls City for their Facebook page, and Plattsmouth Main Street Association for their newspaper column.

Retail Event: Honored Recognition was given to Main Street Beatrice for the Chocolate Lovers Shopping Day Extravaganza.

Special Event or Festival: Main Street Wayne was recognized with the Award of Excellence for the Wayne State College Student Welcome Dance. Honored Recognition was given to Main Street Falls City for their Harvest Festival and York Towne Centre Main Street for the York College Night in downtown York.

Business Recruitment, Retention or Support Program: Main Street Wayne was recognized with the Award of Excellence for their Downtown Revolving Loan Fund. Honored Recognition was given to Main Street Beatrice for their Business Coaching program.

Façade Improvement Under $10,000: Honored Recognition was given to the Service Master façade project in York.

Façade Improvement Over $10,000: The Award of Excellence was given to the Historic First State Bank façade project in Sidney. Honored Recognition was given to Peck Properties/Cy North for a façade renovation in York.

Streetscape Project Under $50,000: Awards of Excellence were given to Main Street Beatrice for the Charles Park Renovation Project and to Main Street Wayne for their Holiday Pots and Greenery Project.

Window Display: Hometown Floral and Gifts in downtown Falls City received the Award of Excellence for their outstanding and creative window displays. Honored Recognition was given to Rohan Photography in downtown Plattsmouth, Nana's This & That in downtown Wayne, and Western Edge in downtown York.

Interior Improvement Commercial: Memory Lane in downtown Falls City received the Award of Excellence for their outstanding interior rehabilitation. River House Soda Fountain & Café in downtown Plattsmouth and Historic First State Bank in downtown Sidney received Honored Recognition.

Interior Improvement Residential: The Historic First State Bank project in downtown Sidney received the Award of Excellence for interior improvement of a residential space. The Grand Weaver Apartments in downtown Falls City received Honored Recognition.
Historic Preservation or Adaptive Reuse Project: Project Majestic in downtown Wayne received the Award of Excellence for the rehabilitation of Wayne's downtown movie theater.

Volunteer of the Year: With Heritage Nebraska Main Street, each Main Street program recognizes their outstanding volunteer of the year. This year's Awards of Excellence/Volunteer of the Year are:

Bob Nootz, Main Street Beatrice
Diana Orton, Main Street Falls City
Cindy Bojanski, Main Street of Fremont
Jill Schmidt, Revitalize Geneva
Dee Johnson, Downtown Grand Island
Shauna Mucklow, Main Street Kearney
Mark Easter, NCTC/Nebraska City Main Street
Jan Sandoz, Plattsmouth Main Street Association
John Phillips, Historic Downtown Sidney
Project Majestic Volunteers, Main Street Wayne
Margaret Brink, York Towne Centre Main Street

Business of the Year: With Heritage Nebraska Main Street, each Main Street program recognizes their outstanding business of the year. This year's Awards of Excellence/Business of the Year are:

Newberry's, Alliance
Beatrice Bakery, Beatrice
Heritage Falls Candles, Falls City
Country Traditions, Fremont
The Grand Island Independent, Grand Island
Look What's Cookin', Kearney
Janie's Confections, Nebraska City
Fitzgerald Hotel, Plattsmouth
The Insurance Store, Sidney
State National Bank & Trust Company, Wayne
Cornerstone Bank, York


Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 http://www.heritagenebraska.org/news/latest-news/2011-heritage-nebraska-main-street-award-winners-announced Elizabeth Chase
Heritage Nebraska Continues Working to Save Industrial Arts Building http://www.heritagenebraska.org/news/latest-news/heritage-nebraska-continues-working-to-save-industrial-arts-building Even though the University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted Friday (January 22) to demolish or remove a number of lesser buildings on the old Nebraska State Fairgrounds, the Industrial Arts Building was not on the list. University officials say the fate of the 96,000 square foot building (1913) has not been determined, but a Request For Proposal for dealing with the building is in the works.

Heritage Nebraska asked the State Historic Preservation Office for a ruling on the use of federal funds on the University’s proposed Nebraska Innovation Campus to either restore or demolish the building or two others deemed historic. In a letter to Heritage Nebraska, State Historic Preservation Officer Mike Smith said the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has deemed that any use of federal funds for the campus plan would be subject to Section 106 review and the University would be required to prove that it had done due diligence in determining the fate of the buildings.

In a subsequent letter to University officials and Regents, Schmidt asked that Heritage Nebraska be considered a participant in such deliberations and also forwarded a copy of Smith’s letter.

Heritage Nebraska has completed an independent feasibility study on the property and provided cost estimates for stabilizing the building ($250,000), rehabilitating the building to a usable shell ($5 million) or demolition ($1.5 million).

A planning team hired by the University had recommended removal of the building in favor of keeping and re-using the nearby 4-H Building. University officials say they can’t afford to do both buildings for the proposed innovation campus.

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Heritage Nebraska Board Supports Building Code and Convention Center Changes http://www.heritagenebraska.org/news/latest-news/heritage-nebraska-board-supports-building-code-and-convention-center-changes The Heritage Nebraska Board has gone on record in support of a legislative proposal that would allow Nebraska communities to adopt the International Existing Building Code. The measure, LB799, is sponsored by Omaha Sen. Robert Krist at the request of the State Historic Preservation Office. The Board, meeting in Lincoln on January 14, voted to support the measure with a letter to the Senator.

The Board also voiced support for changes to the Local Civic, Cultural and Convention Center Financing Act in two bills (LB779 and LB789) offered by Omaha Senators Steve Lathrop and Brad Ashford. The measure would increase the amount of funds available to smaller communities and would allow for the money to be used on restoring or renovating historic properties to be used for such centers.

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Falls City Welcomed as Newest Main Street Community http://www.heritagenebraska.org/news/latest-news/falls-city-welcomed-as-newest-main-street-community Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy and State Senator LaVon Heidemann unveiled the Heritage Nebraska Main Street Community sign that officially welcomed Falls City to the Heritage Nebraska Main Street program on January 15. The sign presentation at the Falls City Chamber of Commerce and Main Street office followed a walking tour of the downtown that included several business stops and tours of the Falls City Library and Grand Weaver Hotel. Heritage

Nebraska Main Street Director Elizabeth Chase welcomed the audience at a reception that followed the tour. Sheehy, who has paid an official visit to every Nebraska Main Street community, spoke about the benefits of the program and his favorite highlights of the various communities.

Heidemann, whose Legislative District 1 includes Falls City, talked about the importance of such a program in the current economy. He applauded the efforts of the state program to watch out for the economic revitalization of small towns.

Assisting is the sign unveiling were Chamber President Adam Morris and City Councilman Mike Moore. The two men are members of the planning team for bringing Main Street to the southeast Nebraska community.

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Heritage Nebraska Announces Falls City as New Main Street Community http://www.heritagenebraska.org/news/latest-news/heritage-nebraska-announces-falls-city-as-new-main-street-community The Heritage Nebraska Board of Directors formally accepted Falls City as the newest Nebraska Main Street Community at their meeting on September 16, 2009 in Omaha.

A formal recognition ceremony in the community is slated for this fall and will be the final step in the Main Street community selection process for Falls City that began with an application workshop in February.  An initial organizational orientation program will take place in January 2010 and a more intensive training for staff and volunteers will be scheduled in the spring.

“We are extremely honored to be chosen to participate in the Main Street program and look forward to working with the state coordinating staff and other Main Street communities,” said Becky Fischer, Manager of the Falls City Chamber of Commerce.  “Our business owners downtown are excited to tap into the resources and assistance of the Main Street program as we preserve our hometown past with a vision for the future.”

Nebraska Main Street is a program of Heritage Nebraska in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Trust Main Street Center.  The program’s purpose is to assist and support Nebraska communities in revitalizing their traditional commercial business districts through education and technical assistance.

In addition to Falls City, designated Main Street communities in Nebraska include: Alliance, Beatrice, Elkhorn, Fremont, Geneva, Grand Island, Kearney, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, Sidney, Wayne, and York.  Associate Program communities include: Ainsworth, Bassett, Hastings, Havelock (Lincoln), Lexington, and Minden.

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