Preservation Center volunteers (l to r): Ellie Curtiss, Londa Schwanebeck and Sharon Diedrichsen

A recently developed partnership between the Plainview Historical Society and the newly formed “Carnegie Library Preservation Center of the Plainview Historical Society” has created a new space that has already been put to some creative use.

The Preservation Center volunteers have been busy the last number of months cleaning and stocking the former Plainview Carnegie Library building with artifacts that are “on loan” from the Historical Society Depot Museum to be cleaned and repaired.

The new building space, according to those volunteers, has created a “spacious, clean environment to do the repair work, as well as displaying some of the artifacts.”

At the current time, mainly the paper ephemera and textiles have been moved to the Carnegie building, and are being repaired by volunteers and displayed. The Preservation Center is open to the public, mainly by appointment, or on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. until dark, and anyone wishing to help restore, clean and display the artifacts are welcome to attend and volunteer.

Appointments can be made by contacting Ellie Curtiss at 402-582-3854. The volunteers also have a number of goals for the Center as well – including classes on “all things historical” – genealogy, homesteading skills, candle making, restoration nights, and historical outfit creation.

The group has been successful in obtaining some grants to help with any expenses, and any proceeds from any of the events will be put toward the building, restoration or more programs.
Goals for the future of the group included continued restoration of the Carnegie building itself, and eventually, to create a place where anyone can come and research.