Sherman County Historical Society

About Us

About Us
Mission Statement: To collect and preserve the history and heritage of Sherman County.

Sherman County Historical Society is a Non-Profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1977 to collect and preserve the history and heritage of Sherman County. It is funded by membership dues, private donations, grants, as well as an annual allocation from the County.

The Sherman County Historical buildings are open every Sunday during the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 1 to 4 p.m. and any time by appointment.

  • Donna Trompke         308-750-3325
  • Linda Wilke-Heil
  • Research Center        308-745-5545 (Leave Message)


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  • Research Center, 740 "O" Street, Loup City, NE 68853-0362

Officers and Board Members

Donna Trompke


Becky Butler


Linda Wilke-Heil


Rose A. Kowalski


Tim Edwards

Board Member

Kevin Fulton

Board Member

Tom Stanczyk

Board Member

Stephanie Riessland

Board Member

Patti Ann Kowalski

Board Member

Eldon Kieborz

Board Member


Hanshew Building

Hanshew Building

The Hanshew Building is located at 740 "O" Street in Loup City, NE.

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Research Center

Research Center

The Research Center with numerous family history files, boxes of early Sherman County photos, early newspapers, among other genealogical records.

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Ohlsen-Jenner House

Ohlsen-Jenner House

The Ohlsen-Jenner is a two-story brick building built about 1900 which has items from Jenner's Amusement Park and the Loup City Riot of 1934 as well as old photographs; furniture, clothing and artifacts' from early Sherman County.

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Hawk School

Hawk School

The Hawk School was built in 1874 and includes an original country school classroom.

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Austin School

Austin School

Austin School was once a grade school and a high school. It now houses various displays of great interest.

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Marcy Building

Marcy Building

The Marcy Building displays items and information about the professional businesses and people of Sherman County.

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Elsner-Clark Hall

Elsner-Clark Hall

The Elsner-Clark Exhibit Hall is used for many exhibits as well as monthly meetings.

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A merry-go-round that was moved to its present location at the SCHS from the Hawk School.

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Spotanski Receives Award

(Excerpted from a Sherman County Times article by Jerome Lobner)
Kathy Spotanski was awarded the Nebraska Heritage Hero award on Sunday, January 5, 2020, by Lance Bristol, President of the History Nebraska Board. Lance, who lives in Ansley, and is a former teacher and superintendent, said, "the special pin he was awarding was presented to only 43 other individuals in Nebraska."

Kathy was nominated by Donna Trompke, President of the Sherman County Historical Society, and said of Kathy in her nomination letter: "Kathy Spotanski has been a dedicated, selfless member of our organization for at least 30 years. She is a very knowledgeable tour guide of our six buildings at the Museum site and at the Barbershop Museum Research Center downtown, and is available on short notice. As a retired elementary teacher, she shares information about our one-room school house with the first-grade visitors each spring; this includes teaching them games that were commonly played at recess.

Spotanski checks in donated items, labels, catalogs and places them on display. She is the one who makes sure we have adequate homemade ice cream for our Polish Days event, often donating all the ingredients. She will line up our Humanities Nebraska speakers completing all the paperwork both before and after the program.

She is also the person who can be seen mowing our large lawn, weed eating, hauling off branches, trimming back rose bushes, emptying dehumidifiers daily, volunteering on work days, etc.

Without her artistic talents, our Polish Days parade float and the Sherman County Fair Booth would be pretty plain.

Spotanski prefers to be in the background, helping others shine; she shares her talents and treasures, she is a gem for our organization!"
Spotanski Receives Award

SCHS Receives Grant

(Photo by Jerome Lobner and article excerpted from a Sherman County Times article by Betty Kuszak, Sherman County Community Foundation Executive Director)

On January 14, 2020, a $4,000 matching funds grant was presented to Sherman County Historical Society as part of its Anytime Give Program. The funds will be used to renovate the porch of the Ohlsen-Jenner House located on the Museum grounds as well as landscaping projects and up-grading the parking lot.

The Foundation's Anytime Give Program provided matching funds toward these renovation and improvement projects which included proceeds from its annual ice cream social during Polish Days, a raffle, and museum tours. The Sherman County Historical Society is grateful for this matching funds grant and looks forward to partnering again with the Sherman County Community Foundation through the Anytime Give Program.

(Those in the photo are (L to R: AJ Reimers, Alec Baillie, Foundation member, Rose Kowalski, Donna Trompke, President of the SCHS receiving the Anytime Give check from Betty Kuszak Executive Director of the SCCF.)
SCHS Receives Grant

Publications for Sale

The Sherman County Historical Society has several publications for sale. Below are the names and prices of those publications. Postage for mailing is extra. All prices include sales tax.

For copies of any publication, contact Donna Trompke at or by phoning (308) 750-3325; or Linda Wilke-Heil at 308-745-0714. Mail order requests may be sent to: Sherman County Historical Society, P.O. Box 362, Loup City, NE 68853-0362. Thanks!

1904 Plat Map of Sherman County, reprint
1920 Plat Map of Sherman County, reprint
Country School Scrapbook of County Superintendent L.H. Hansen
History of the Sherman County Times 1877-1969 by Diana J. Keith
Vintage postcards; various Sherman County scenes & buildings$2 each B&W; $1 each color
Book of Facts (1873 - 1897) by George Benschoter
Sherman County Centennial Souvenir Edition ( 1973)
A Brief History of Sherman County (1872 - 1952) by Meroe Owens
Brief History of the Redfern Popcorn Stand by Carl Throckmorton & Jack Schoening
Calico Corners (1905 -1910) by Calla Petersen
Loup City Riot 1934 by Dennis Welty
Arline Clark's 1934 Riot Scrapbook
1930 Guide to Jenner's Park (copy of original guide)
1934 Guide to Jenner's Park (special reprint, limited quantity)
Selected photos of Jenner's Park (a photo book)
Fuel Tank at Central Filling, Loup City, NE Photo Book
Short End of the Branch at Davis Creek by Tom Stanczyk

What's Going On!

Regular Monthly Meeting

Monthly meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Elsner-Clark Exhibit Hall.

  • Date: 11/16/2020 07:30 PM
  • Location: 561 South 7th Street, Loup City, NE, USA (Map)

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Membership Information

Sherman Count Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt organization. Sherman County Historical Society's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Monetary donations and memberships provide our support. Memberships are available at the following costs:

$20 per year
$15 per year
$30 per year
Lifetime (Individual)
$100 per year

Membership Form (application for membership.pdf)

Unable to volunteer? Help with a donation! (Donation_Form.pdf.)

Correspondence can also be sent to:

Sherman County Historical Society, P.O. Box 362, Loup City, NE 68853-0362

Link to Loup City, NE page

Link to SCHS Facebook page

Link to Find a Grave page