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City Auditorium With the building of the city auditorium in 1916, Holdrege became the entertainment center for south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. Great artists of the day appeared regularly and quickly established the reputation for outstanding shows. Later, famous bands -- Guy Lombardo, Tommy Dorsey, etc. -- were featured. Not all band leaders felt a town of 3,000 could meet their "guarantee." However, crowds of 2,000 and more were not uncommon.

In the 1930s, during a visit by the Philadelphia Philharmonic Symphony orchestra led by Leopold Stokowski, a sudden rain storm revealed that the roof -- parched by years of hot, dry winds -- had developed many leaks. Orchestra members who had spent a relaxing day riding bicycles and viewing farm life (a first for many of the musicians) graciously moved to a dry spot and continued the concert. The sell-out crowd refused to let a little dampness spoil the concert and a good, although embarrassing, time was had by all.


Address: 5th and Grant

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Nebraska Prairie Museum

The Nebraska Prairie Museum contains an exceptionally fine collection of over one acre of indoor exhibits. Explore every aspect of life on the prairie and uncover surprises around every corner. Be one of the many visitors who exclaim, "This is the finest museum I have ever visited."

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Bronze Sculpture

Greeting visitors to Holdrege is the beautiful 12' bronze sculpture, "Promise of the Prairie", by native artist, George Lundeen. It is a promise for today and tomorrow; The promise that living in Phelps County is a good life with room to grow and laugh and love.

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