Hall County
Historical Society

Hall County Historical Society History


  In 1922 the Hall County Historical Society was founded by a group of Liederkranz members who were committed to preserving artifacts and stories about the county’s origin.  It is the oldest perpetual County Historical Society in Nebraska.


  The society’s largest ongoing project has been placing markers at historical sites throughout the county.  The first were six markers of the Old California Overland Trail, traveled by immigrants to California in 1849 and pioneers of this locality in 1857.  These markers extend from the east to the west in Hall County and were dedicated on July 4, 1923.  Thirty seven historical markers have now been placed in Hall County.


  The Hall County Historical Society donated its collection of artifacts to help launch the Stuhr Museum and is proud to have contributed to the success of the museum.

  In 1997, the Historical Society purchased its first piece of property, the Townsley-Murdock Site near Alda, which is a preserved site featuring Morman Trail and Overland Trail wagon wheel ruts.  The following year, it was accepted for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.


  In 1999, the society purchased one of Nebraska’s last Burlington depots, at Sixth and Plum Streets in Grand Island.  The restored depot, Burlington Station, is available to rent for parties, receptions and meetings.  For more information or to make a reservation call 308-379-2835 or 308-390-4082.


  The Historical Society hosts the annual German language Church Service July 4 at Stuhr Museum.  The service honors the German immigrants who settled in Hall County on July 4, 1857.


  The Historical Society and the City of Grand Island worked together to restore the Stolley House in Stolley Park.  The house is said to be the oldest in Hall County.  It is available for rent for small events.  Call 308-385-1545.


   The Historical Society hosts a “Voices from the Past” historical narrative presentation that is free and open to the public in the fall and winter.  This is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, from September-April, except in December.  It is held at the Burlington Station.


  Annual cemetery tours are scheduled for the Grand Island city cemetery a few days before Memorial Day.


  A Hall County Heritage Memorial has been erected on the Stolley House campus.  Tiles can be purchased to recognize and remember deserving individuals for their outstanding achievement and their contribution during their lifetime.

Hall County Historical Society
2014 Board of Directors

President Fred Roeser
Vice President John Hanssen
Secretary Annette Davis
Treasurer Bob McFarland

Board Members

Ken Gnadt
Judy Humistson
Frank Krolikowski
Pat Mader
Bob Niemann
Maxine Rathman
Mark Tracy
Harold Rosenkoetter
Tom Corkle
Don Deitemeyer
Billy Wetterer

Board meetings at 3:30 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month at Stolley House in Stolley Park  or at Burlington Station.  More information, call Fred Roeser, president 308-384-2154.