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.

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!

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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


The Warren Building was completed in the 1880s. Keeping the building in good repair is essential to a structure that is over 135 years old. A project that has long been on our “to do” list is tuck pointing the west wall of the Warren Building. Tuck pointing is a process of replacing damaged mortar joints between bricks. This maintenance is essential to keeping brick walls structurally sound. The tuck pointing process had to be approved by History Nebraska and was undertaken in the fall of 2020. We thank the Ihde Foundation for their financial support of this project!

FHS Board Approves Next Phase of Renovation Project

In 2019 the Board approved a contract with Clark Architects to begin the renovation of the Warren Opera House. Discussions have continued about our vision for the Opera House. Preliminary floor plans have been developed with review and recommendations by History Nebraska. An initial review of the structural integrity of the building was conducted. Grant opportunities continue to be explored. At the January 2021 meeting the Board approved the next step, an in-depth assessment and documentation of structural needs. This description will be used to determine the repair costs.

Andrew Cemetery

In 2017, as part of the Nebraska 150 Celebration, many presentations on the history of Friend were sponsored by the Friend Historical Society. On May 21 the Andrew Cemetery History was presented along with photos of historic homes and grave markers of families who looked lived there.

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