Preserving local history

Organized in 2000, Wakefield Heritage Organization is dedicated to preserving and maintaining the local history of Wakefield, Nebraska. Because much of Wakefield's history and culture is contained in its older buildings, we currently maintain two heritage sites, Graves Library Museum and the Wakefield Train Depot. These properties provide today's Wakefield citizens with important links to the lives of previous generations.

The Wakefield Heritage Organization is a non-profit organization located in Wakefield, Nebraska. All contributions to the organization are deductible for federal income, estate, and gift purposes.

WHO was organized in 2000 and designated a future museum to be located in the City of Wakefield in 2002 with the purpose of educating and instructing the public about the history and heritage of Wakefield, Nebraska, and the surrounding area.

The organization's mission includes:

Spring 2024 Update

The May meeting of WHO will be Tuesday, May 7 at 5:00pm at the Library Museum. (Time change is because of the elementary spring concert.) There will be a report on the spring meeting held in Madison last month.

The 4th graders will be visiting the Library and the Depot on Friday, May 3 at 1:30pm. If you are able to help contact Barb Stout. This is always a fun time with the kids.

Plans are being made for the July 7 Picnic at the Civic Center. Plan now to come and help us serve or bake a pie. This is our only fundraiser for the year.

We hope to have the Library open every Saturday from 10am – 12pm Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you would like to volunteer for a Saturday contact Barb.

2024 dues are now due. Please send to P.O. Box 216 Wakefield.

Graves Library Museum

Graves Public Library has been reopened as Graves Library Museum. Located on Third Street, two and a half blocks west from Highway 35, in Wakefield, Nebraska, this library was one of the most luxurious libraries in the area when it was constructed. A walk through the building will take you as far back as 1881.

Wakefield Train Depot

Train service played a major part in the birth of towns across the country and that was also true in Wakefield's history. The railroad ran through the town and was completed from Sioux City, Iowa, to Wakefield in 1881. The first depot was built that same year.

In carrying out the objectives and purposes of the Wakefield Heritage Organization as a corporation organized not for profit, it will remain exempt within the provisions of Section 501(c)(3), 26 U.S.C.A Internal Revenue Code.

Upcoming Events

  1. — Picnic at the Civic Center