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The Gage County Historical Society was incorporated in 1971 to preserve the history of the county. The goals of the organization for the next five years are to be the resource center for Gage County history, broaden and diversity society resources, finances, and income, and increase outreach and visibility in the community. See more detail in our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.
The Gage County Museum has an extensive collection of objects, photographs, archival material, and research items pertaining to Beatrice and Gage County. Learn more about researching at the Gage County Historical Society.
To learn more about properties owned by the Society, explore our locations page.
Gage County Classic Film Institute is an organization under the umbrella of the Gage County Historical Society. They are dedicated to educating the public about Gage County, Nebraska’s connections to movies, TV, and stage.
The Gage County Historical Society releases a quarterly newsletter. Members receive a copy sent in the mail, but it also can be viewed online.
History of the Gage County Historical Society and Museum
In February 1970, Zoa Ann Worden, teacher, historian, and author of Queen City of the Blue, had moved to the Defender's Townhouse (former the Paddock Hotel, which is today The Kensignton) and displayed her collection in the mezzanine. She continued to collect Gage County-related items until it was clear a real Gage County Museum was needed. In March 1971, the first organizational meeting was held with approximately two dozen people in attendance. In June 1971, the Historical Society was incorporated, and in November 1971, the Museum opened at 404 Court. The board realized they needed a permanent site for the Museum. The Burlington-Northern Railroad donated the depot to the Gage County Historical Society in March 1973.