Six Nebraska communities awarded grants for historic preservation

By: - May 22, 2023 4:45 am

A historic flour mill in Wauneta is among the recipients of a federal grant to preserve the structure (Courtesy of History Nebraska)

LINCOLN — A 98-year-old flour mill and a ballroom in Schuyler are among the recipients of federal grants for preserving structures on the National Register of Historic Places.

Six projects will share in $328,000 worth of grants allocated by History Nebraska for communities of populations under 30,000.

The Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants will be used for:

  • Repairs and accessibility construction to the porch of the Alfred H. and Sarah Frahm House in Fort Calhoun.
    Oak Ballroom
    The Oak Ballroom in Schuyler (Courtesy of History Nebraska)

  • Repair and replacement of the roof of the community school in Mason City.
  • Repair and restoration of the front porch and trim of the J.L. Miner House in Red Cloud.
  • Repair and replacement of degrading windows of the Ponca Tribe Self-Help Community Building and Caretaker’s Cottage in Niobrara.
  • HVAC replacement, roof replacement and interior and exterior repairs at the Oak Ballroom in Schuyler.
  • Roof replacement for the Wauneta Roller Mills, which closed, reportedly temporarily, a year ago.

Nebraska was among 12 applicants to receive the Paul Bruhn grants, named for a former executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. A total of $7 million was awarded nationwide.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.