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Albion celebrates Nebraska’s 150th Birthday

Arnie Johnson, retired Boone Central teacher and coach, presented a program for students about the lives of Boone County’s early day pioneers -- when many rural homes were “soddies” and settlers sometimes interacted with Pawnee Indians.
Arnie Johnson, retired Boone Central teacher and coach, presented a program for students about the lives of Boone County’s early day pioneers — when many rural homes were “soddies” and settlers sometimes interacted with Pawnee Indians.
What was it like to live in a sod house?
What was it like to go attend a one-room schoolhouse?
What were those funny looking contraptions with a rotary dial and an earpiece?
Elementary students learned about these topics and more during the Nebraska 150th Birthday celebration last Wednesday, March 1, at the Boone County Museum.
An estimated 325 people stopped at the museum throughout the day to take part in the celebration. Most were elementary students from Boone Central, St. Michael’s and Spalding Academy schools, but about 100 adults also participated.
Albion Chamber of Commerce provided 12 large cakes, more than 480 pieces of cake, that were served to the visitors. The cakes were made by Lonelle Rasmussen. At the end of the day, remaining cake was taken to the local shools for students who were unable to attend the museum event.
Educators were on hand in the museum, and in the one-room schoolhouse to provide some history lessons.
Read more in the March 8 Albion News, print and e-editions.