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A Village of Art

Alyssa Bell
On May 16, 2022

A Hidden Masterpiece

Pioneer Village has a reputation for housing one of the nation’s most extensive collections of trinkets, farm equipment, and even cars. With over 50,000 objects and 26 buildings, it is the pride of Minden Nebraska. There is something for everyone! Even those in your family who value the arts. Like any other museum, they display the rich heritage of midwestern artwork. Everything from detailed porcelain sculptures to intricate paintings. If you love art and what to see what Nebraska has to offer, Pioneer Village in Minden Nebraska is a place for people of all ages to appreciate the time and dedication it took to create such amazing pieces. Pioneer Village’s abundance of sights and amenities makes this the ideal weekend vacation spot. Enjoy yourself and bask in their creative and mass collections of masterpieces.  

Artwork in Nebraska

Nebraska is home to everything from photography, gardens, galleries, and the visual arts. When people think about experiencing art, they think about traveling across the country or even overseas, but incredible and professional artwork could be right in the back yards of Nebraska. The arts have been major attractions all across the state. The Joslyn art museum, The Amphitheater, and Pioneer Village. Artwork forces people to look past their point of view and find meaning in everything. Having an outlet for emotions is not only therapeutic for the artist but also improves the lives of those who enjoy it. 

Pioneer Village has many attractions, but the artwork here has been collected for decades and brings big city masterpieces to the humble town of Minden. The Burbank Indian Chief painting is one to remember. It was purchased on April 17th, 1959. His strong stair and beautiful native features allow onlookers to see the beauty of native culture and remind us of the incredible people that inhabited this land before us. This painting is truly a sight to see. After you see the detailed and heartwarming paintings, stop by the sculptures to immerse you in history.

Religion has been the inspiration for many artists, and Pioneer Village displays this in abundance. One example is the Beautiful Baptismal Angel sculpture that was purchased on March 29th, 1958. Marvel in its incredible shape and bask in the idea it took months of work to produce something so life changing.

Pioneer Village has collected artwork from all over the nation. The Neptune Ship’s Figurehead is displayed in the art gallery for all to see. This extremely detailed sculpture was purchased from Yeakel & Field for $650 from Laguna Beach, California on May 20th 1959. Make sure to stop by the art gallery to see these artists’ life’s works that ranges from pioneer paintings to spectacular sculptures.

Artwork is not just for art aficionados, it’s for anyone who appreciates beautiful masterpieces in all forms. 

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If you are planning a weekend trip with your family, having a school field trip, or even coming through on your cross-country road trip, come to this American classic like no other. Artwork should be shared with the world, and Pioneer Village is doing just that. Plan your trip today!

Alyssa Bell
A Student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as part of Heather Nelson’s Service Learning Academy class.

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