Indianola NE Historical Society

preserving the history of our town…


April 2018

It’s dues time again! Please renew and enjoy the benefits of membership…

Monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Indianola Community Building at 7:00 pm. Meetings include sharing information and documents as well as interaction with area history enthusiasts. We have a great year coming up. There are ideas on the table for tours/filed trips. Our monthly newsletter, The Review, contains interesting articles about locations and past happenings throughout the county as well as announcements of upcoming events.

A State Historical marker has been ordered to commemorate then POW Camp north of town and will be placed in the Indianola City Park. The text is currently being approved and there will be a dedication ceremony at a later date, possibly is coming fall.

We are presently focused on putting together a calendar featuring street scenes of eight communities in Red Willow County…Bartley, Box Elder, Danbury, Indianola, Lebanon, Marion McCook and Red Willow. This calendar will be available for sale at Old Settler’s, Saturday, august 11. What a great Christmas gift idea!

Featured speaker for our Old Settler’s program is Jeff Barnes of the Nebraska Humanities. His presentation is entitled ” To Live and Die on the Plains”. Plan to join us at 1:30 pm on the Indianola community Building on August 11 for this outstanding program.

Indianola Historical Society believes in cooperating with area groups by contributing to events such as Indianola Alumni and the Old Fashioned Christmas drawing. contact us to help with your event.

We’re open to ideas and look for reasons to get together and explore the rich history of our area. We also encourage you to share any information you may wish to …copies of pictures and documents, stories etc. to add to our collection. any of these can be emailed to bill Baumbach ( or Pat Schaffert( Check out the Indianola website,

Dues are $15 per household per year and begin in January. Dues paid now will receive all back issues of the Review for 2018. Please make your checks payable to Indianola Historical Society and mail along with your address to Indianola Historical Society, Box 338, Indianola, NE 69034. If you have already paid your dues, thank you.

We appreciate you support and welcome any donations or memorials. We are applying for 501C3 status and hopefully will be able to establish a museum in the future.


  1. Uwe Gross says:

    Hello from Germany,

    my name is Uwe Gross and I am from Oberhausen, Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia.
    The reason why I leave a message here is the following:

    I am currently working on a concept for a book about the Second World War from the point of view of a German prisoner who spent his captivity at POW Camp Indianola.
    Specifically, it is about my father, who unfortunately died in 2007.
    I would like to use his memories, letters and narratives as the basis for this book.

    That’s why I need information or clues from your city that I would like to use in the book. I have already found some pictures on your website. Is there perhaps further information? For example, on the number of guards, how many people were housed there, did the prisoners work and where?

    Is there someone who can help me?
    You are welcome to reply via my e-mail address.
    Many thanks and best regards from Germany.

    Uwe Gross

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