Sherman County Historical Society

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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 or
  • Research Center        308-745-5545 (Leave Message)


Join us today and help us make a change for the future!

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

Donna Trompke


Becky Butler


Elsie Kieborz


Rose A. Kowalski


Tim Edwards

Board Member

Kevin Fulton

Board Member

Tom Stanczyk

Board Member

A.J. Reimers

Board Member

Patti Ann Kowalski

Board Member

Eldon Kieborz

Board Member

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Funding in the amount of $2,900 has been provided to the Sherman County Historical Society from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. NEH is committed to Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP).  The funds must be used for operational uses only (insurance, heating, cooling, staff, salaries, etc.) and is not a matching-funds grant. We are appreciative of the funds, and while it does not cover all of our expenses, we still rely on donations, memberships, book sales, and tour donations.
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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The History Nebraska Board of Trustees is proud to announce Mike and Shirley King as the recipients of the 2021 Heritage Hero Award for their work with the Sherman County Historical Society.

History Nebraska recognizes deserving individuals and organizations throughout the State of Nebraska for preserving and sharing the history of their region. Former President of the Board of Trustees, Lance Bristol, presented the King’s with a Heritage Hero Award pin and certificate on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at the Historical Society’s Holiday Potluck.

Mike and Shirley have been the type of volunteers that all organizations dream about. They were instrumental in readying the display area for the horse-drawn equipment, in cleaning up discarded bricks, in removing unsightly rose bushes, in displaying garments and pictures, in getting cement pads ready for upcoming informational signs, for being part of the team that keeps our huge lawn mowed, and so much more.

The Sherman County Historical Society with the History Nebraska Board of Trustees are pleased to recognize Mike and Shirley and their volunteering spirit.
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The Sherman County Historical Society (SCHS) received $4,500 in a matching grant from the Sherman County Community Foundation. The grant monies were used to remodel the overhead door in the Elsner Building, repair the foundation of the Hawk School, and repair a door in the Austin School Building. Matching funds were raised through donations, museum tours, book sales, Polish Days Ice Cream Social, 4th of July garage sales, and of course Junk Jaunt.

SCHS would not be able to do any of the work they accomplish without their members and many volunteers. We continue to look forward to 2022 with great hope and anticipation.

Left to right: Rose Ann Kowalski, SCHS Treasurer, Alec Baillie, Foundation board member, Donna Trompke, SCHS President, and Elsie Kieborz, SCHS Secretary. (Photo courtesy of Betty Kuszak, Sherman County Community Foundation)
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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
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Regular Monthly Meeting

Monthly meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Elsner-Clark Exhibit Hall.

  • Date: 1/16/2023 01:00 PM
  • Location: 561 South 7th Street, Loup City, NE, USA (Map)

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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:

$30 per year
$20 per year
$30 per year
Lifetime (Individual)
$125 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