Gem of the Prairie Capital Campaign

The Stuhr Museum Foundation is proud to announce the public phase of the “Campaign to Rejuvenate the Gem of the Prairie.” The goal of the campaign, which has been in the “quiet phase” for roughly a year, is to restore one of Nebraska’s greatest architectural marvels, the Stuhr Building.

The Stuhr Building was designed by world-renowned architect Edward Durrell Stone, whose credits include the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the U.S. Embassy in New Dehli, India. Having stood for 45 years as a symbol to one generation’s ingenuity and vision, the building serves as Stuhr Museum’s center piece and as a visitor’s center, art and exhibit gallery, educational space and as the location for many corporate and family events.

While the Stuhr Building is one of the most recognized and visited structures in all of Hall County and Nebraska, time has taken its toll both aesthetically and in the building’s operation. The building needs a new roof and new wiring as well as new heating and cooling systems updated to meet current and future museum needs. Redesigned space and updating of fire supression systems will double the capacity of the building. All of this will be accomplished while respecting Stone’s original design.

To learn more about the project, to see our campaign total or to donate to the Gem of the Prairie campaign, please visit the campaign micro site and please contact the Stuhr Museum Foundation at (308) 385-5131 with any questions about the campaign.

These photos are from the public kick off event on October 30, 2012.