Gage County Historical Society & Museum

Category: Arts/Culture/Humanities


This Year's Project: The Community Archives Project - Phase Two:


About Our Organization

Since its founding in 1971, the mission of the Gage County Historical Society has been to preserve, enhance, and showcase the unique history of Gage County by sharing our stories to develop appreciation throughout the wider community. As an organization, we are dedicated to sharing the stories of the past in meaningful ways that allow us to connect to history on a personal level.



Current Project: The Community Archives Project - Phase Two:



During this year’s Big Give, the Gage County Historical Society & Museum is asking for donations for the second phase of the Community Archives Project. 

Last year, your donations were used to update an archival storage area at the museum. We are happy to announce that the project is currently underway! The renovations planned for this archival storage area should be complete by early 2021.

This year, your generous support will go toward funding Phase Two of the Community Archives Project: Oral Histories. The money raised during this year’s Big Give Gage will be used to:

  • Train staff and volunteers how to conduct oral histories about the history of the Gage County Historical Society and our local communities.
  • Purchase recording equipment and any equipment necessary to incorporate oral histories in exhibits.
  • Cover costs to transcribe oral histories. The transcripts and digital recordings will be kept in the community archives for future research.
  • Create an exhibit celebrating the Society’s 50th anniversary that will be on display June-September 2021.

 

The funds raised today with your generous support will be used to sustain and continue this project. All gifts are appreciated, whether large or small. Thank you for supporting our history!

How to Show Support:

The funds raised with your generous support will be used to sustain and continue this project. All gifts are appreciated, whether large or small. Thank you for supporting our history!

If you would like to make a donation to our project, you can do so in two ways:

1. Online on this website during the BigGiveGage Day on September 10.

2. By check given directly to the Gage County Museum.  Make checks payable to the Gage County Foundation and write Gage County Museum- BigGiveGage in the memo.

Checks can be dropped off in person through September 10th, Wednesday-Saturday at the Gage County Museum from 10 am - 4 pm. You can also mail to:

Gage County Museum | P.O. Box 793 | Beatrice, NE 68310

What is the Community Archives Project?

The Community Archives Project is an effort to actively promote the telling, sharing, and preservation of our local history through documents, photographs, and stories collected by the community.

What is an archive, and why is it important?

An archive is a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people. Archives are an important link to our past, and help us to understand our history. The materials contained in an archive provide information that connects us to the lives of people and places in our past. They tell stories. They also increase our sense of identity and understanding of cultures and communities around us.

Project goals:

The overall goal of this multi-phase project is to make archival material in the county accessible to a wider range of people, bring awareness to how institutional archives work, and support local history keepers by providing information about how to preserve and share their own history.

Our challenges:

The archive at the Gage County Museum contains hundreds of photographs, photograph negatives, manuscripts, letters, diaries, court documents, business records, land records, and many other records that help tell the story of Gage County’s history. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the archive is easily accessible and available to the public. We are working to change this with your support!



Past Projects

  • The Community Archives Project

    The Community Archives Project is an effort to actively promote the telling, sharing, and preserving of our local history through documents and photographs collected by the community.

    What is an archive, and why is it important?

    An archive is a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people. Archives are an important link to our past, and help us to understand our history. The documents and photographs contained in an archive provide information that connects us to the lives of people and places in our past. They tell stories. They also increase our sense of identity and understanding of cultures and communities around us.

    Project goals:

    The overall goal of this multi-phase project is to make archival material in the county accessible to a wider range of people, bring awareness to how institutional archives work, and support local history keepers by providing information about how to preserve and share their own history.

    Our challenges:

    The archive at the Gage County Museum contains hundreds of photographs, photograph negatives, manuscripts, letters, diaries, court documents, business records, land records, and many other records that help tell the story of Gage County’s history. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the archive is easily accessible and available to the public.

    Limited storage: Storage space is limited, which means archival material is stored in several locations throughout the museum. This makes it difficult to quickly find archival material when it is requested by a patron. Lack of space also limits the amount of archival material the museum can collect and preserve. Remodeling existing storage areas at the museum will allow easier access to archival material, and provide more storage space to expand the archive.

    Digitization: Only a small portion of the archive has been digitized. Digitizing popular research material from the museum archive would allow online research and improve public access.

    Increasing Awareness: Finding information in an archive can be overwhelming without guidance. Currently, the Museum’s archive does not have finding aids to help patrons easily find information within the archive. A more user-friendly archive would make the sharing of historic information easier. (And more fun!)

    How your donation will help:

    Our goal for this Big Give is to raise $6,000 to kick-start the fundraising effort for the Community Archives Project.

    Donations will be used to:

    • Cover the construction costs to remodel an existing archival storage area at the museum
    • Purchase space-saving movable shelving for the archives
    • Fund digitization efforts to make more of Gage County’s history available online
    • Fund programs designed to help teach the community how to preserve, share, and appreciate our local history

    The funds raised today with your generous support will be used as the foundation to start this project. All gifts are appreciated, whether large or small. Thank you for supporting our history!







$1,635 Raised of $6,000 goal
$0 $6,000
20 Donors
Gage County Historical Society & Museum

101 N. 2nd St.
Beatrice, NE 68310

 
(402) 228-1679

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