Chester Nebraska Online Museum

Welcome to an online collection of artifacts from through Chester’s history. Many of these have been collected over the years and rather than just stay hidden in filing cabinets and boxes, I thought it would be good to display them until (hopefully!) one day Chester gets a museum of its own.

Do you have something in your collection to share? Send a clear photo and short description via email and we’ll add it!

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This photo shows the Chester Municipal Auditorium at the time it was dedicated in 1938.

The Chester Municipal Auditorium was a 1938 WPA project intended for social and recreational uses. It was built at a cost of $29,340 with much of the labor done by hand.

It is still used today for community events.

 

Here is a photo from 1938 showing the final stages of building the Chester Auditorium. The Chester Municipal Auditorium was a 1938 WPA project intended for social and recreational uses. It was built at a cost of $29,340 with much of the labor done by hand. 
It has a long history of events from being a movie theatre, basketball gymnasium and more.

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This photo shows the Chester Municipal Auditorium at the time it was dedicated in 1938. The Chester Municipal Auditorium was a 1938 WPA project intended for social and recreational uses. It was built at a cost of $29,340 with much of the la Read More
Here is a photo from 1938 showing the final stages of building the Chester Auditorium. The Chester Municipal Auditorium was a 1938 WPA project intended for social and recreational uses. It was built at a cost of $29,340 with much of the lab Read More

2 thoughts on “Chester Nebraska Online Museum

  • August 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm
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    It was G.D. Van Cleef

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  • August 18, 2021 at 11:18 pm
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    Hi –

    I am Brad Brown, son of Harold E. Brown who grew up in Chester. I have a copy of The Chester Herald Souvenir Number dated January First 1914.

    It’s quite interesting with lots of pics, adverts and articles about Chester’s beginning years. If you’re interested in receiving a copy of it, I could possibly photograph each of its 25 or so pages and send it to you if you don’t already have it. My Dad got it from Dale Duey, a friend of his who he grew up with in Chester.

    best regards,

    Brad Brown

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