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Old 06-16-2013, 07:26 PM
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Yesterday, my wife and I went up to Florence from our house in Midtown and toured some of the historical sites there. Even though Florence is not a "destination" neighborhood like the Old Market, Benson or Dundee, Florence has an incredible amount of places of interest, and deserves to be recognized by more of Omaha's citizens. Keep in mind that all the museums we went to had free admission.

First we went to the Bank of Florence, which is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3. The building was built in 1856, and recently underwent renovations to restore the aging foundation. The vault (and I believe the upstairs living quarters) are both original, and the museum also features a turn-of-the-century teller desk, bathroom, woodwork and tin-stamped ceilings. There are artifacts from the town of Florence, as well as the original skeleton key to the bank.
The Bank really is a treasure!

Next we went to the Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters. The grounds are beautiful and the visitor center has exhibits that showcase the Mormon pioneers' journey across the Midwest. There was also a very nice faith-based art display. Very interesting to see the journey of some of the first founders of our city.

Finally, we went to the Florence/Weber Mill. It was built by Mormons in the 1840s and was taken over by the Weber family later on. The converted art gallery/museum still has wooden beams that support the structure that date back to the 1840s. The curator was very nice and was willing to talk and answer questions.

I just wanted to say how awesome our day was and encourage anyone interested in local history and historic preservation to view these awesome local landmarks. Florence also just underwent a city project to enhance N. 30th Street. With all the local attractions, and the preserved Keirle House, Florence is looking good!

We didn't go in the Crook House at Fort Omaha, but its worth seeing as well!
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:58 PM
Location: Lincoln, NE
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Awesome - thanks for the information. I've been to the Mormon Trail Center, and as a history buff, I found it pretty fascinating. Your other recommendations sound very promising, so I'll make sure to add them to my "Omaha to-do" list next time I'm in town.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:36 AM
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Thanks for posting this thread. We need more things like this in the Omaha sub forum.
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