Howard County Historical Village

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Howard County Historical Village St. Paul's Historical Village consists of seven antique buildings which display a wealth of artifacts from county history.

Farwell Danish Lutheran Church - Some of the rich Danish heritage in Howard County is reflected in the Farwell Danish Lutheran Church. At one time, there were 12 Danish Lutheran Churches in Howard County. This church was located in Farwell and dedicated in 1898. It is restored as a church and has exhibits which are entirely religious.

St. Libory District #41 School - The old German settlement school is a monument to all of the one-room schools of a bygone era. The school's contents include items from the St. Paul Business College, Nysted Danish Folk School, and other county rural, parochial and public schools. Other artifacts are also on display.

St. Paul General Store - The turn-of-the-century building formerly stood on St. Paul's main street. It was a cream station and a restaurant, among other things. The displays depict much about life as a settler on the Nebraska plains. Items from Howard County's dry goods stores, as well as medical-related items are also on display.

Blacksmith Shop - Once located in St. Paul, the blacksmith shop, a former garage, houses an authentic working forge. Demonstrations are given each summer by the Prairie Blacksmith Association. Other displays are included.

Cotesfield Post Office - Built in 1920, the post office has been restored as an authentic working post office from that era. Postal artifacts from a variety of county post offices are on display, including an extensive collection from the Elba Post Office. Other government items are also on display, as well as the Cotesfield telephone operator's switchboard and other means of communication.

Agriculture Building - Also available for public viewing is the agriculture building housing various farming and agricultural-related equipment. The strength and backbone of the area has always been the farmer.

Gruber House/Major League Baseball Museum - The 1908 Gruber House has been restored to its original period on the main floor. It also houses the Museum of Nebraska Baseball Greats in the lower level with extensive displays on five Nebraska Hall of Famers, and displays on Howard County military history.

Admission: Suggested donation of $1.00
Hours: Summer - Open 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays
Also by Appointment
Address: 6th and Indian Streets, City Park on Sixth Street (by the Courthouse)
Phone: 308-754-5558

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First Presbyterian Church

Included on Howard County's historic church tour is the First Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in St. Paul. On October 26, 1879, the Reverend G.L. Little, missionary, met with 12

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Howard County Courthouse

Howard County was established in 1871, the same year St. Paul was established and named the first county seat. In 1877 the first courthouse was built. By 1912 county officials were interested in replacing the aging building. Construction began in 1912

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Howard County Historical Church Tour

Some of the rich ethnic heritage of Howard County is seen through its historic churches. At one time, the county had 12 Danish Lutheran churches. This tour includes 10 churches that have stood the test of time to bring the beauty and history to generations for over 100 years. 1

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Baseball Sites

Besides the Museum of Nebraska's Baseball Greats be sure to see these other baseball-related sites and events. * Historic Baseball Mural - Howard Avenue on the historic Cushman Building in the city park. * American Legion Baseball Fields - Declared as some of the best in the state.

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Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball

St. Paul's Baseball Museum is devoted to illustrating the careers of 114 Major League Baseball players with Nebraska roots. All 114 players have made it to the Major Leagues of American Baseball. Five have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame: Grover Cleveland Alexander - 1938

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