Genealogy & Elmwood History

The Elmwood Cultural Arts & Learning Center will soon include a section on Elmwood history as well as a genealogy research area.

Have you recorded your family’s history? What can you add to the genealogy center as we build a research center filled with the history of our community members? What can we do to help you research your family’s history?

Elmwood Leader-Echo Archives

Old newspapers contain a wealth of information when it comes to genealogy research. Beyond obituaries, marriage, and birth records, you can often find clues to your ancestor’s daily life, social clubs, land records, and photographs. 

Funding for the archives was provided by Kirby and Cindy Drake in memory of Kirby’s parents Arthur & Gwineth (TenBroeck) Drake. The Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation and the George Blessing family also assisted with making this project possible. 

Elmwood G.A.R. Hall Museum / American Legion Post 247

124 East D Street


Hours: Open Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and other scheduled times throughout the year. Always open by appointment at other times – just contact us.

American Legion Post 247 had a two-fold dream of preserving the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Hall and creating a museum to help preserve the rich military history of this area. The hall is now the home of the Elmwood G.A.R. Hall Veterans’ Museum – owned and operated by Elmwood American Legion Post 247. There are many items on display, dating from the Civil War and through the War on Terror.

Members of Elmwood G.A.R. Post 123 – Kenesaw Post, September 1910.  Front row: David McCaig (credited with naming Elmwood), Mary McCaig (his daughter), Henry Miller, and Ambrose Bickert. Second Row: C. D. Kunz, Peter Eveland, Philip Trapp, George Worley. Third Row: F. E. Dickson, Jason Forsyth, David Bogenreif, Martin Waltz. Back Row: Thomas Patton, Alfred Dickson, John Hart, Edward Arrison, and Joe Mullen. See more of their stories and other Civil War Veterans at the museum.

Bess Streeter Aldrich House & Museum

204 East F Street 402-994-3855 Hours: May thru October – Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun – 1 pm to 4 pm Nov thru April – Sat, Sun – 1 pm to 4 pm January by appointment Cost: $5 adults; $3 age 6 – 12

Bess Streeter Aldrich was one of Nebraska’s most widely read and enjoyed authors. Her writing career spanned forty-some years, during which she published over 160 short stories and articles, nine novels, one novella, two books of short stories, and one omnibus. In her work, she emphasized family values and recorded accurately Midwest pioneering history.  The Aldrichs moved to Elmwood in 1909 and built the homes “The Elms” in 1922.

Visit the Aldrich home  and you’ll learn about the author and her writings, the history of the home, and get a taste of what life was like when Mrs. Aldrich lived there (1922-1946). You’ll see many original furniture pieces, interesting Aldrich memorabilia, and some bits of Elmwood’s history, too. The Aldrich Museum, located about 6 blocks away from the house at 124 West D St., contains cases of smaller Aldrich memorabilia including letters written by the author, souvenirs from her movie, Cheers for Miss Bishop, family history pieces, and an original A Lantern in Her Hand manuscript, to name just a few items.

Past Presentations & Classes

A Glimpse of the Past

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