Friend Historical Society Receives Grant Approval Notice!

On June 17, 2022, the Friend Historical Society received notice from the NE Department of Economic Development that our application, submitted in July 2021, for the Nebraska Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act Grant has been CONDITIONALLY APPROVED in the amount of $300,000. The grant dollars are from the Federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. This award compliments the $300,000 cash match raised by December 31, 2021 for a total of $600,000. Many of you contributed to the cash match of $300,000.

The Warren Building–Opera House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places .There are few Opera Houses left in Nebraska and even fewer being renovated . This project focuses on structural improvements per specifications from our structural engineer and the restoration company.

We are thrilled as there was strong competition for these funds. We will be awaiting the next step which is a letter from the NE Office of Economic Development detailing specific requirements for full project approval. If you would like more information, please contact Mary Ann Losh or Pam Hromadka.

Annual Gala- Saturday, April 2nd @ 5:30 PM

We’re Moving Up!

The Friend Historical Society asks you to join us as we celebrate the next phase of renovation – The Opera House!

Join Us in the 136-year-old Warren Building for our annual fundraiser!

Opera House Tours at 5:00 PM
Social Hour at 5:30 PM
Dinner at 6:30 PM

* Entertainment, Live and Silent Auctions

We are very excited to have live music by Drew Duncan, a tenor soloist, who has sung with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, various churches, opera groups, and regularly performs across the Midwest. He will feature popular show tunes!

Individual Tickets are $75
Reservations are required by Saturday, March 26th

Tickets can be purchased at the Pour House (402) 947-2293 or Blue Blossom (402) 947-6321
Call or Email for reservations – Chere (402) 525-0141 cherelt@hotmail.com

Comedy Night March 24th @7PM

Stand Up for the Arts! A Night of Comedy to Benefit the Friend Historical Society

Tickets $20 – Limited Seating – Call Ginny for Reservations (512) 574-1414

About the Comedians:

Tony Deyo is a stand-up comedian known most notably for his sharp, quick material and near-perfect comedic timing almost certainly gained from his years as a professional symphony musician. New York City’s Village Voice calls him “one of the tightest joke writers in the business.” He recently appeared on Jeff Foxworthy’s podcast, “A Comic Mind”, was named one of the year’s best by the New York Post, and can be heard every day on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Karen Morgan was born and raised in Athens, Georgia but now calls Maine home. A former trial attorney, she began her professional comedy career as a Finalist on Nickelodeon Television’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America.” Since then, she has performed in comedy clubs and theaters from New York to Hollywood. Karen’s latest CD “Mean Candy” can be heard on SiriusXM Radio, and her comedy special can be seen on Dry Bar Comedy. Her TV appearances include comedy shows and ads for companies like Wal-Mart and Zyrtec. Karen’s clean shows in Performing Arts Centers around the country have made her a favorite among theater audiences. Still licensed to practice law in Maine and Georgia, Karen’s humor brings laughter to many corporate events and fundraisers for charitable organizations.

Showtime declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 years of experience as a writer, producer and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater. Pat is one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld, a Tonight Show veteran, a critically acclaimed playwright and a contributing commentator to National Public Radio. He is recognized for his genuinely funny Americana humor and his salute to nostalgia.
As a playwright, Pat’s first endeavor, Bunk Bed Brothers, was optioned by Columbia Pictures, then gained the attention of the TV industry and was filmed as the sit-com, American Pie, for NBC. Hazell’s signature work, The Wonder Bread Years, a grand salute to the baby- boomer generation, aired on PBS where they referred to Hazell as “America’s foremost pop culture anthropologist.” Currently, the live theatrical tour of The Wonder Bread Years is enjoying success across the US.


Chef Darin Sehnert’s Cooking Class- Friday, March 4th @ 11:00 AM

Flavor Dynamics – A cooking class with Chef Darin Sehnert of Savannah, GA!

Join us in the San Carol Room Friday, March 4th @ 11:00AM for the class, followed by lunch prepared from Chef Darin’s recipes.
Space is limited! Call Ginny (512) 574-1415 to make a reservation. Tickets are $30 for class and lunch.
*** Chef Darin was born in Friend and raised in Dorchester! ***

Help Us “Move Up” to the Opera House Renovation!

We need your help to restore this National Treasure!

The Friend Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) making your donations tax deductible!

Use a Credit/Debit Card, or PayPal
(You do not need a PayPal account)

Download the Donor Card and Mail a Check Payable to Friend Historical Society

Your Contributions will Be Recognized at the Following Levels:

Opera House $10,000 +
Elevator $5000 – $9,999
Stairway $1000 – $4,999
Ticket Office $100 – $999

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