Memory Lane Museum

Inside of Memory LaneThe newest addition to te Heritage House Museum Complex is located in down town Weeping Water in a building built by the Oddfellows for Oddfellows, Rebeccas, Masons, Eastern Star and Rainbow, O.G.T., G.A.R., Royal Arcanum and Royal Neighbors.  Many businesses occupied the lower floor with the last being the local paper The Weeping Water Republican.  When the lodges and the newspaper moved to other locations, the building was sold to a private party who donated it to the City, and in 1993 it opened as the museum.

The interior was restored with funds from the Day Foundation and lots of volunteer labor.  The brick front was repointed and a tin spire decoration for the top corner of the building was fabricated by Marty Rupp after one original was found in a stairway.  Memory Lane is a business museum, cataloging business in Weeping Water from the time the town was established.  Of special interest is the soda fountain, used for many years in the Wilkinson Confectionery next door.  The back bar came from the office of Dr. Brendle in Avoca.  A display of miniature business buildings as they appeared in the past, built by the University of Nebraska School of Architecture is unique.  Advertising items from these businesses are displayed in cases below.

Items depicting Marchall's Shoe Store are displayed, including the shoe repair sewing machine, a suit that was custom ordered from the store and other items, many from the store.  Marshall's was one of the earliest and longest tenured businesses in Weeping Water.  A work bench holds an assortment of tools, many donated by the Baker family, long time carpenters in Weeping Water.  The Barber Chair and cabinet that once belonged to "Barb Hennings" in Avoca fills the barber shop display along with some of the items used by "Buff" Harmon.  A video shows barber Henning in his ship along with several customers.

A restored counter from the Gibson Grocery defines the General Store stocked with antique items which would have filled the shelves of General Storean old time store.  The ladder designed to reach the high shelves was once used in the store across the street, as wer the front doors which were donated by the Meeske family when they remodeled their store.  The large conference table came from the Library, the wooden chairs from the lodge hall upstairs.  The display cases in the back room were brought from an old store in Kansas.

The Museum has a large collection of Weeping Water post cards, available for viewing in a notebook.  A notebook catalog of every business in Weeping Water from the time the town was established, including those not on main street, compiled by David Myers, is available to visitors.

Also displayed in this building is a celebrity collection gathered by Kevin Brack.  This collection consists of over 2000 items, including memorabilia received from movie and TV stars, sports figures, as well as political figures and local celebrities.  The collection is constantly growing and with a lack of space, it is only partially shown and constantly changing.  The collection includes original scripts, gowns and clothing worn in movies, autographed photos, and a wide variety of items.

To view other images from the Memory Lane Museum check out the gallery. 

 
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