Letter to the Editor

Museum hopes to find families of photos, negatives from North Platte studio

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Dear Editor,

We are seeking your help.

The Lincoln County Museum has in its possession nearly 80,000 envelopes of personal pictures/negatives from the Brown-Harano Photography donation to the Museum from almost all the communities in west-central Nebraska.

These are graduation pictures, baby pictures, engagement-wedding pictures, WWII Military, family group pictures ... WONDERFUL pictures that most families would cherish.

They are pictures ranging from 1939 to 2018. If you do genealogy you might even find great-grandparents in the stacks. The Museum is in a situation where we must eventually destroy these pictures because we do not have an area large enough to store them indefinitely.

The Museum is currently in a renovation project that will force us to remove the pictures from their current location, so we may have to destroy them sooner than later. We do not want that to happen. These pictures are available for claiming at the Lincoln County Historical Museum, 2403 N Buffalo Bill, North Platte. 308-534-5640.

They can be viewed by individual name on the Museum website lincolncountymuseum.org - link "Brown Harano Photos." To claim them the Museum needs the Box Number, the Envelope Number, and the family name on the envelope. Bring your list or mail your list to the Museum at the above address.

We do hope that claimants are moved by a spirit of generosity to leave a donation to the Museum. That option has helped us considerably with expenses this summer-fall in the midst of the COVID shutdowns.

Any help is appreciated. The Museum is open TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS only - between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for picture distribution any week of the coming winter months. Check the website for pictures-Come see us soon. Thank you so much!


James W. Griffin

Director/Curator Lincoln County Historical Museum

North Platte, Neb.

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