The Brownville Heritage Tree commemorates the sesquicentennial of the State of Nebraska. The symbols on the branches represent Brownville’s rich history.
The Brownville Heritage Tree was made possible largely by Ariens Corporation of Auburn. The company is pictured assembling the tree with the “branches” made and donated by them.
Bob Chitwood, president of the Brownville Historical Society, recognized the many guests in attendance.
Josie Watkins of Rock Port sang the “Star Spangled Banner” for the ceremony.
In commemoration of Nebraska’s 125th anniversary, the Brownville Historical Society (BHS) sponsored a Heritage Tree. In 2017, Nebraska celebrates the Sesquicentennial of the State. To highlight this anniversary, the BHS chose the Heritage Tree as part of the state’s celebration. This tree with its 20 symbols represents several examples of Brownville’s rich history, from a riverboat to the railroad, the theater to the concert hall, the Civil War cannon to the winery.
The significant heritage of Brownville began in 1854. Early settlers, led by former Governor Robert Furnas, planted thousands of trees in the Loess soil. The apple tree at the top of the Heritage Tree represents this early Nebraska effort.
The “Tree” is modeled after similar civil monuments in Southern Germany called Stammbaums. This wood and steel structure stands 35 feet tall just off Brownville’s Main Street in Boettner Park. The sign in front of the Heritage Tree has detailed explanations for all 20 symbols represented on the branches.