What’s New?


Updates to the Portal Schoolhouse & Sautter Farmhouse

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Thanks to Brian Cordes Painting who is painting the Portal Schoolhouse.  Thank you for the generous donation of your time and energy to help with the upkeep of our historic schoolhouse.

Brian and Cordes Painting have been in our community for many years and do a wonderful job with residential and commercial painting. Thank you!!

And Thanks to Dave Keefer for rebuilding our porches on the Sautter Farmhouse.  He is another long time friend of the Historical Society who helps us with numerous projects.

We are so thankful for our generous friends of the Historical Society!! Thanks for helping us keep the houses in good shape so we can share with the Community!!

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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)


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


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.

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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


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!


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!!


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!!


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.