THE BLOG

02
Sep

General Membership Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3rd at 7 p.m.

This month’s general membership meeting will take place at 441 N Washington Street, at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary.

Pat Shannon will give a presentation about the historic home which was built around 1889 by Mr. Charles Behrendt, a prominent Papillion resident.

We will meet outside in front of the mortuary.  Please bring a lawn chair to sit in and enjoy the 20-25 minute discussion prior to our membership meeting. Discussion & questions are welcomed. All those who love history are welcome.mortuary (2)

30
Jun

General Membership Meeting – the public is invited to attend

Please join us on Thursday, July 9th at 7 p.m. at the Historic Portal Schoolhouse for our General Membership Meeting.  We will be voting on five board members.  All members (who have been members for at least six months) are eligible to vote and are eligible to serve on the board.  We welcome all members and guests.  We will also be accepting a donation from Mr. Leland Lape, a donation of a cane once owned by a prominent Papillion resident.  Also, Bob & Karen Olson will talk about the Butterfly Bench now on display at the front of the schoolhouse.  Bring your lawn chair and join us outside on the lawn outside the school.

Bob & Karen

08
Jun

Butterfly Bench sponsored by Bob/Karen Olson on display at the Historic Portal Schoolhouse

Bob & Karen Olson sponsored a butterfly bench celebrating the Marth & Rahn family who settled in Papillion in 1880-81. Bob & Karen are members and supporters of the Historical Society and we are proud to have their bench displayed at the school house.

On the front of the bench family members under the trees represent the connection and deep roots the family has in our community. On one side of the back of the bench the Marth/Rahn family homestead from the 1880’s is painted with a beautiful sunset.  On the other side Werner Park with the same beautiful sunset, which is the exact location of the previous family homestead. The cornfields of the 1880’s have given way to the growing Papillion community.

Bob & KarenButterfly Bench - Papillion sign (2)Butterfly Bench - 1880's view (2)Butterfly Bench - Werner Park (2)Butterfly Bench - Water Tower and cornfields (2)

08
May

Omaha Gives 2020

Once again the we are proud to be participating in Omaha Gives! The online giving holiday will take place May 20th from midnight to midnight. However, donations can be given online anytime prior to May 20th. Needs are even greater this year in the midst of COVID-19. Everyone is being affected in some way. Our monthly meetings are on hold, tours and activities are postponed until safer times.
This year the minimum donation is $1. Go to Facebook or Instagram and say why you donate to Omaha Gives and you have the opportunity to win $1000 for the non-profit of your choice! Mark your calendars so you can help us, as we join other local non-profits to raise money together and compete for matching funds and prize money. Money raised for PAHS helps us pay our utility bills and maintain our three historic buildings, the John Sautter farmhouse, the Portal one-room school and the antique privy. Your support is greatly appreciated! Learn more at omahagives.org

20
Mar
05
Mar

Spring Open House March 20 & 21 from 1pm to 5 pm

The Historic Sautter Farmhouse and the Historic Portal Schoolhouse will be open on Friday and Saturday, March 20 & 21 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Stop by for a visit!

14
Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day

We would like to say “THANK YOU” for being a member and supporter of the Historical Society. 

Our non profit relies on the gratitude, volunteer time, support and donations from our members.  Without you we would not be able to maintain the three historic houses we take care, teach hundreds of area fourth graders about Papillion history at Pioneer Days, offer open houses and other activities like our Gingerbread Stroll and Naturalization Ceremony.  We enjoy preserving and sharing our history and look forward to a wonderful year as we help the city celebrate their 150th birthday. 

Have a wonderful day and please consider joining us at our General Membership Meeting on March 5th at 7 pm at the Historic Portal Schoolhouse. And put on your calendar one of our first events for the year.  We will have a Spring Open House on Friday, MARCH 20th and Saturday, MARCH 21st from 1-5 pm.  We will have the houses open and are planning for some fun! Please consider volunteering to help on those two days. Let me know if you are interested in participating, have some ideas, or would like to sponsor the event. 

Thanks again for supporting us and Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!

13
Feb

Membership Meeting March 5th at 7 p.m. at Historic Portal School

Our March meeting is open to all members and the general public. We will be discussing upcoming events and we welcome anyone who would like to volunteer or find out more about the Historical Society. We will be voting in a new board member. All members of the historical society who have been members for six months are eligible to be on the Board. Looking forward to seeing all of you there!! We are excited for the Papio150 celebrations and are busy getting ready for lots of fun this year!!

23
Dec

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I would like to thank all our visitors, volunteers, and members for a wonderful 2019 at the Historical Society.  We had a wonderful year and look forward a historic year in 2020 with the celebration of Papillion’s 150 year birthday.

As we start the new year please make sure to look for the new historical narrative signs popping up in downtown Papillion thanks to a great collaboration between the Leadership Sarpy class, the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce program, the Papillion Area Historical Society, and the City of Papillion. We have a sign in front of the Historic Portal Schoolhouse and one in front of the Sautter Farmhouse.

We invite citizens to share photos and stories about Papillion and it’s rich history.  We will share photos throughout the year on our Facebook page and on our website.  We are compiling photos and stories so if you have information or photos please contact us so we can share during this special year.

Once again, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to celebrating with you in the coming year.

23
Dec

General Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 9th at 7 pm

Please join us at the historic Portal Schoolhouse on Thursday, January 9th at 7 pm for our General Membership meeting.  We will be discussing our activities, plans for the future, and celebrating two of our members.

We are celebrating Jim Miller’s 90th Birthday.  Jim is one of our long time volunteers. Jim has over 70 years of volunteer service to Sarpy County and the Papillion Community.  Jim is a lifelong resident of Papillion.  Jim, together with his brothers George and Jack, inherited ownership of the Papillion Times, Gretna Breeze and Springfield Monitor from their father and covered central and western Sarpy County until the early 1980s when the papers were purchased by the Omaha World-Herald.  He is able to tell us about life in Sarpy County during the Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and so much of our history in Papillion.  Jim currently helps the Historical Society with its historical artifacts.

We are also celebrating Bob Olson, our Treasurer and Board member who will be honored at the Midlands Community Foundation Reflection Ball on January 18th.  Bob has over 55 years of volunteer service to Sarpy County and the Papillion community, particularly in the area of emergency medical services. Bob is a lifelong resident of Papillion. After graduating from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Bob built a multiple unit office building in Papillion and owned a State Farm Insurance Agency for 35 years. Bob served 6 years in the Army Reserve, 34 years on the Papillion Volunteer Fire Department serving as Chief, Asst. Chief, Paramedic Supervisor, Rescue Capt., President and Treasurer. He was in the first paramedic class in Nebraska, and in 1980, obtained the first Advanced Life Support license in Nebraska for a Volunteer Fire Department. Appointed by the Governor, Bob worked with State Senators to merge the Ambulance Board and Advanced Life Support Board, then became Chairperson for 10 years of the new State EMS Board. Bob served on the Midlands Emergency Medical Services Council, Civil Service Commission, PLV School Foundation, Tri Mutual Aid Firefighters (Pres.), NE Stroke Foundation Board, Critical Incident Stress Management Debriefing Team and Foundation, and NE State Vol. Firefighters Association. Bob is Chairman of the Sarpy County Hospital Authority (1974), President of the Monarch Villa Board (1976), Treasurer of the Papillion Area Historical Society, serves on the Papio 150/2020 Papio Sesquicentennial Historical, Steering, and Selection Committees. Bob has been awarded the National Transportation Award, State Firefighter and EMT Award, and PLV Outstanding Alumni Award. The Olsons served as Grand Marshals of Papillion Days, and received the “Evening with Friends Award” from Midlands Hospital for Outstanding Volunteers. Bob has been married to Karen for 57 years and they have three children and eight grandchildren.

We will begin our general meeting at 7 pm and follow up with a celebration after our meeting.