Our Mission

The Brownville Historical Society began in December 1956 with the express purpose of maintaining the historical heritage, the landmarks and the picturesque buildings of Brownville.  Museums hold the artifacts of life in early Nebraska and the Society maintains these properties.

Board of Directors

Steve Woerth - President
Dr. David Kaufman – Vice-President
Sharon Hessler – Secretary
Elaine Knapp – Treasurer
Ron Heskett
Chris Kennedy
Kellie Kennedy
Sue Kunnert
Andy Rinkleff
Gary Stuchal


Spend half a day seeing the history come alive in the restored Wheel Museum. This step back in time will reward you with appreciation as to how far we’ve come.
— The Valley News, Shenandoah, Iowa

What We've Achieved

  • Revitalization of the Wheel Museum with increased space, new exhibits and outstanding displays.

  • The Sage Museum was created in a newly renovated space donated by benefactor, Melva Sage.

  • The Didier Cabin was moved, renovated and opened in Boettner Park. It’s used for living history demonstrations.

  • Thousands of visitors have enjoyed special events, the museums and Flea Markets hosted by BHS.