THE BLOG

11
Sep

PORTAL SCHOOL

Portal School was located south of the township of Portal, Nebraska, near Papillion.  The 1890 school building remained open until May of 1993.  The Papillion Area Historical Society purchased this one-room school building for one dollar on November 22, 1995, and moved it to its present location at 242 North Jefferson in downtown Papillion.  It currently is the meeting place of the historical society, is open by appointment for tours, it hosts area fourth grade students for an annual field trip and hosts Santa Claus during Winter Wonderland each November.

11
Sep

SAUTTER FARMHOUSE

The Sautter House, built circa 1860, is a 1½ story wood frame structure with an attached cob shed.  The farmhouse was moved, restored, and continues to be maintained by the Papillion Area Historical Society.  The structure originally sat approximately one mile north of its present location. It is a prime example of German-American farmhouses of the period, however, it also features a few unique elements.  Its authentic décor conveys visitors to another time and place.  Tours are available by appointment, during fourth-grade field trips, and during special events.

11
Sep

PIONEER DAYS

A team of PLV teachers, school administrators, members of the Papillion Area Historical Society and community members developed this field trip for Papillion/La Vista fourth graders. The first field trip was in the spring of 2001.  For PLV students, funding is provided by a grant through the Papillion/ La Vista Schools Foundation. Fourth graders listen to a pioneer story, tour City Hall (the second Sarpy County courthouse), tour the John Sautter farmhouse, and experience a one-room school setting in the historic Portal school.  Their groups enjoy lunch on the grounds before their trip ends.  Through the years, other area schools have also participated in this annual spring field trip.