City Advances Idea For Historic Panels At Memorial Way Murals

NEBRASKA CITY – City commissioners gave their approval Monday for a  plan to add historical information panels to the east wall mural of Memorial Way in downtown Nebraska City.

Artist Kent Schwartz said he designed the original mural with the idea of a second phase that would add a panoramic affect with characters, such as a pioneer family coming off a steamship.

Schwartz: “When you see a beautiful mural in another town, you know, you may see a person painted or an Indian on a horse chasing a buffalo, but you don’t know what they are doing, why they are there. It may be a beautiful mural, but to me, it’s about the history of the town.”

He proposes panels that would described who settled here, the businesses that flourished and the practices of early farmers.

Schwartz: “If they approve it, then I’ll get in touch with people that know the history of Nebraska City. We’ll start making a committee and all start writing things down to make sure it’s accurate.”

The city council approved a grant application to the Wirth Foundation for $28,610.

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