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E.C. Houston House, Home of the


On Highway 75 at 319 North 13th Street
PO BOX 125
Tekamah, NE 68061-0125


Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 1-5 pm

Call: ph. 402-374-1505

Group tours done by special arrangements.

Publications available at the Burt County Museum.

Mission Statement

To collect, preserve and develop appreciation of the history of Burt County
and artifacts associated with that history and to educate the public in
connection therewith.

Statement by Velma Cooper 921 K Street Tekamah, Nebraska 68061-1415

BURT COUNTY, NEBRASKA Genealogical/Family History Information for Burt County available.

I have had many years of experience with researching, complilng, and recording Burt County data. I will cite sources of information sent to you.

I ask that you mail a clearly stated query, enclose family groups sheets, several-generation ancestry chart and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

The Story of the Museum

Burt County's Museum is located at Tekamah, Nebr., in the historic E.C. Houston House, built in 1904. Mr. Houston, a prominent businessman, was the owner of the Houston Lumber Company.

Founded in 1967, the museum moved to its current home in 1985 after outgrowing its former site downtown in Tekamah.

The interior of the fourteen-room E.C. Houston House remains much as it was with beautiful cut-glass windows in the reception room, above the stair landing, and in the parlor.

The parlor features a bay window and a large fireplace. During a recent restoration project, the 1904 light fixtures and mirror above the fireplace were returned to their origional places.

The foyer, beautiful open stairway to the upper floors, parlor and formal dining room with butler's pantry are connected by a central hallway.

On the second floor is a sitting room, child's bedroom, master bedroom, military room dedicated to the honor of Burt County service personnel, and the maid's room, currently used for Burt County history and genealogy.

The third floor was the former ballroom and is now used for special displays.

The full basement has four rooms featuring 1) an old-fashioned kitchen, 2) tools and implements used on early day Burt County farms 3) early day laundry items 4) a "Professional Room," with photos and artifacts from local businesses and professional people.

In the first floor reception hall of the main museum there is a Museum Store containing books about the local area and its history.

The visitors will also enjoy the restored 1903 Country Schoolhouse and the C.D. Houston House, used as the Museum Annex, which is to the east of the main museum. This house was built around 1906. The two Houston men were brothers. Special displays are featured there.

The museum grounds are beautifully lanscaped featuring early Tekamah streetlights, an old-fashioned gazebo, a lighted flagpole and the Folsom Park Bridge.

A brick sidewalk has been laid on the north side of the schoolhouse, using bricks from the old brick paving of downtown Tekamah.

In 1986, the E.C. Houston House was honored by being placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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