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photo of Furnas house
A front view of the Governor Furnas House museum.
Photo courtesy of Erwin Ulmer.

The first members-only bus trip, which took place on April 15, 2004 was very successful. Forty-six members went on this history-filled adventure to Nebraska City and Brownville. Four people joined the Nebraska State Historical Society so they could go with us on our journey.

In Nebraska City the group toured Arbor Lodge, the historic mansion of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, followed by lunch at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center restaurant. In the historic village of Brownville we toured the Governor Robert W. Furnas house, built in 1868, and walked through the Furnas Arboretum, where we viewed many lovely varieties of trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers. At the Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery we toured the hundred-year-old renovated barn, a brick wine cave built in 1866, and saw the production facilities where the wine is made. Everyone got to try some samples of the delicious wine.

Arbor Lodge photo
The first stop on the April 15, 2004 membership bus trip was the famous Arbor Lodge mansion in Nebraska City. J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, built this lovely mansion in 1855.
Photo courtesy of Erwin Ulmer.

Arbor Lodge interior photo
Members sitting on the grand stairway of the Arbor Lodge mansion viewing a film on the history of J. Sterling Morton.
Photo courtesy of Erwin Ulmer.

Arbor Lodge interior with paintings photo
Members on the grand stairway of the Arbor Lodge mansion with a view of one of the many beautiful original works of art on the wall behind them.
Photo courtesy of Erwin Ulmer.

Members entering Furnas house photo
Members going in to tour the Governor Furnas House museum in historic Brownville. This house was built in 1868 and was occupied by Robert Furnas, Nebraska's second elected governor, from 1878 to 1905.
Photo courtesy of Erwin Ulmer.

Furnas house front view photo
A front view of the Governor Furnas House museum.
Photo courtesy of Erwin Ulmer.

Furnas house, back view photo
A back view of the Governor Furnas House museum.
Photo courtesy of Erwin Ulmer.

vineyard photo
Members beside the 100-year old renovated barn at the Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery in Brownville. Members toured the production facilities
where the wine is made and also sampled the many varieties of delicious wine.
Photo courtesy of Edgar Hicks.

vineyard photo
A front view of the 100-year old renovated barn at the Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery.
Photo courtesy of Erwin Ulmer.

vineyard photo
More of the members that went along on the bus trip to Nebraska City and Brownville on April 15, 2004.
Photo courtesy of Erwin Ulmer.

 

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