By Bob Chitwood
March 6, 2017, will be the date for PHASE THREE of the Preserving Our Past/Protecting Our Future Campaign of the Brownville Historical Society. The preservation project of the Wheel Museum will restore the two-floor cement wall building which began as a Ford Garage by McIninch and Kerns.
To bring the building to safety and museum quality, major repairs will be made by the following local contractors: Pieters Construction, Ensor Movers, Conn Construction, Bradley Electric, True Construction, Darnell Glass and artist-painter, Terry VanGundy. The south wall will be completely removed; southwest corner will be replaced; 30’X25′ steel insulated building to be erected with a new cement floor, new electrical wiring, outlets and features, flooring to be replaced, and new windows.
The Wheel Museum will have two floors of displays. An updated Civil War display; maps and Civil War cannon will be the centerpiece display. Historic newspapers; printing press, lettering and artifacts; Robert W. Furnas, editor of “The Nebraska Farmer” will be featured. Surreys, Conestoga Wagon, Sleigh, Ford display, Wooden Laundry Press, early Maytag Washing Machine, Wooden Apple Press and Sorter, Horse-drawn Sorghum Press, large and small steam engines, steam-driven Planer, agricultural artifacts; and MO River Commercial Fishing Shack, fishing nets, etc. will provide Brownville visitors a wonderful educational museum experience.