The historical museum contains thousands of photos of families, events


The Lincoln County Historical Museum still has tens of thousands of historic photos of people and events in west central Nebraska that remind people of who they wish they had.

The photos cover a wide area and come from the archives of Brown-Harano Photography, which has operated for generations in downtown North Platte.

The museum has cataloged the photos and the catalog can be viewed on their website, here.

Organizers Bill McGahan said around 80,000 photo envelopes were available, of graduations, family portraits, weddings, births and military photos – ranging from 1929 to 2018.

“These are wonderful photos that most families would treasure,” McGahan said. “If you do genealogy, you might even find great-grandparents in the pile.”

McGahan said there is no space large enough to store the photos indefinitely at the museum, so the photos will eventually have to be destroyed.

After researching the photos online, send or bring this information to the museum – the box number, the envelope number, and the last name on the envelope. Applications by mail are acceptable.

“We hope applicants will be moved by a spirit of generosity to leave a donation for the museum,” McGahan said. Volunteers have dedicated thousands of hours to providing people with access to these photos, so their support is greatly appreciated.

Museum staff process photo requests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The museum’s mailing address is 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave. North Platte, NE 69101.

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Patrick F. Williams