Lincoln, NE, December 27, 2017– The Nebraska State Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Kearney Historic Downtown District, encompassing an area roughly between 19th and 24th Streets and Avenue A to 1st Avenue, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Kearney Historic Downtown District contains 99 contributing resources within the roughly five square blocks along Central Avenue that demonstrate the commercial development of Kearney from roughly 1875 to 1965. The District represents the core of commerce and historic transportation in the city from both the historic period and today. The downtown core has provided residents with goods and services since the founding of the community in 1872. The buildings and structures within the area reflect the development of the community and its commercial growth into central Nebraska’s regional hub.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s inventory of properties deemed worthy of preservation. It is part of a national program to coordinate and support local and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect the nation’s historic and archeological resources. The National Register was developed to recognize historic places and their role in contributing to our country’s heritage. Properties listed in the National Register either individually or as contributing to a historic district are eligible for State and Federal tax incentives. For more information on the National Register program in Nebraska, contact the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office at the Nebraska State Historical Society at (402) 471-4775 or visit history.nebraska.gov.
About The Nebraska State Historical Society
The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) collects, preserves, and opens to all the histories we share. In addition to the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln and historic sites around the state, NSHS administers the State Archives and Library; the State Historic Preservation Office; the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, Omaha; the Office of the State Archeologist; publishes Nebraska History magazine and Nebraska History News; and is responsible for the administration of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission. More at History.nebraska.gov or follow us on Facebook.