Grand Island is home to the Sturh Museum
of the Prairie Pioneer, one of the nation’s
most important outdoor living-histo-
ry attractions. The 200-acre complex is
composed of important structures from
around Nebraska, including Henry Fonda’s
boyhood home, a Pawnee earth lodge,
Victorian mansions and galleries filled with
Plains Indian and pioneer artifacts and
memorabilia. An area called Railroad Town
depicts life in an 1894 Nebraska communi-
ty, complete with printing press, jailhouse,
stables, bank, stores and residences.
The centerpiece of the museum is the
impressive Sturh Building, a mid-20th cen-
tury landmark designed by Edward Durell
Stone, whose other works include the John
F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
in Washington, D.C. The Sturh Building
recently reopened after an extensive reno-
vation with art and history galleries as well
as event space.
“We raised over $7 million to update
the Stuhr Building, which is a great place
for receptions,” said Michael Bockoven,
director of marketing. “It also has a small
auditorium that seats 120 people.”
The entire Stuhr complex can host
groups of up to 2,000 or more, he added.
Among the many options are taking over
Railroad Town for parties and teambuild-
ing events and holding dinners in the
In downtown Grand Island, the Grand
Theatre, an Art Deco movie palace adorned
with glass tiles and a neon marquee, recently reopened after an extensive renovation. The historic theater, which still shows
films and hosts the Prairie Lights Film
Festival, is available for special events.
The gem of Kearney’s fine-arts scene is
the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA),
a stately Renaissance Revival structure
primarily devoted to the works of Nebraska
artists from the 19th century to the present
day. Among its highlights are paintings
depicting Nebraska’s early natural history
by artists such as John James Audubon.
The museum, which includes an outdoor
sculpture garden, is available for receptions
and other events.
The Kearney Community Theatre is the
hub of the city’s theater scene, presenting
five dramatic and musical productions
each year. The theater, which has seating
for up to 200 guests, is available for rent,
along with its lobby, bar and green room.
Just outside Kearney, the elegant Minden
Opera House is a restored 1891 theater
that serves as a community performing
arts center and event venue in downtown
Minden. Its versatile main theater can be
configured in a variety of set-ups for presentations and banquets accommodating
up to 275 people. Smaller spaces include
a boardroom, conference room and an
upper lobby reception area.
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