Expedition to locate the ‘falls’ this Friday, starting at the library
Join the expedition to locate the “falls” that Falls City was named for!
Start at the Falls City Library & Arts Center at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17.
This adventure will be part history lesson on the town’s origin: the town founders; the Underground Railroad; a Civil War camp; Native American villages; floods and more through books, photographs and story.
Local historians have researched and published information on these details. People with photographs, documents or other information are encouraged to attend.
An historic painting of the falls on the Nemaha River, by folk artist Jennie Scribbens in 1879, has been restored and will be unveiled at this event. The painting was donated years ago to the Lydia Bruun Woods Memorial Library by the Napoleon DeMeers family.
It was “adopted” for restoration by Butch and Dobey Falter Haws. And it is now part of the permanent collection of the Library & Community Foundation of Richardson County.
Other pieces from the early collection are also in need of restoration work or archival framing.
Following the collaborative discussion of art and history, the group will be led to Sandrock farm, southwest of Falls City, to tour the field where the falls was located.
Dave and Nancy Klaus and Delmar and Deb Gruber have offered to lead the tour. This will be a trek of approximately one-eighth of a mile.
Members of the group may wish to stop for dinner at Breezy Hill following this event.