- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

GIBBON, Neb. (AP) - The Gibbon Heritage Center, built more than 125 years ago, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The center was originally built in 1889 as the Gibbon Baptist Church, the Kearney Hub reported (https://bit.ly/24XO2Wq ). The red brick, late-Victorian, Gothic-style structure was built by the men in the congregation.

In 1966, the congregation became too big for the building, and local business owners D.E. and Lillian McGregor bought it. They planned for the building to eventually be used as a museum, according to their grandson and center board member Kevin McGregor.

The building was used for various purposes until May 12, 1975, when the McGregors presented the deed to the city and established an annual gift for maintenance of the building during their lifetimes.

The Heritage Center now contains items of Gibbon’s history, including collections of photographs and archives of histories of organizations, clubs and churches. There also is a collection of Gibbon Reporter newspapers dating to the late 1800s.



The process to get on the registry involved a lot of paperwork, visits by the Nebraska State Historical Society and a series of meetings, McGregor said. After the yearlong process, the Gibbon Baptist Church/Gibbon Heritage Center was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on March 21.

“All of the board members took part in doing research and preparing materials for the nomination,” McGregor said.

McGregor said there are 80,000 properties on the register in the United States, and fewer than 20 in Buffalo County.

The Gibbon Heritage Center is the only site in Gibbon on the register, McGregor said.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, https://www.kearneyhub.com/

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