Harlan Historical Society
Long before the Historical Society was established, a group of family members were collecting and saving artifacts at a place called Pioneer Crossing, Nebraska. These items are now on display in Orleans. The beginnings were a long time dream of Phillip Ferdinand. In 1958 Phil Married Grace Powell Rawson Ferdinand. They had a common goal of preserving history. In 1964 Grace inspired Phil to write the book “Life Around Pioneer Crossing” and start to put together the Pioneer Crossing Museum, one of his visions and dreams.
First, they remodeled a round top farm shop to display the artifacts. After Philip’s passing in 1967 Grace married Clarence Sheffield and continued to host the museum.
In 1973 To fulfill a retired preacher’s dream built the roadside Chapel to compliment the Harlan County Museum Historical Society Museum.