Do you know any details about the True Ball Hall?
LINCOLN AREA ARCHIVES MUSEUM
Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.
When: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Free: Donations always accepted
This week’s mystery item is the True Blue Hall and its significance to Lincoln.
If you know or might know about this week’s mystery item, please send answers to email@example.com by Tuesday.
Last week’s mystery item
Bill Lane was the closest with his answer to last week’s mystery item, which he said was a rat.
The animal skull shown last week is that of an opossum. The skull is part of the late Wes Freeman’s collection. Wes was one of the three Lincoln Area Archives Museum founders.
Docent Shirley Russell spoke fondly of her friend.
“Wes was a very quiet, unassuming supporter of the archives and continued that support as the archives expanded into a museum. Wes’ compassion began at an early age as his family lived in the area and he walked the fields and explored the terrain, the plants and animals,” she said. “Once retired, Wes put his observations to paper and included pictures he took of people as well as information and comments about what he knew. Wes continued exploring, picture taking and documentation and was an intricate piece of the Lincoln Archives and later, the museum.”
Wes cleaned and bleached the skeletal remains of the small, deceased animals he found on hikes and developed a small display of local, small animal heads.
His widow, docent Kathy Freeman, brought the display to the museum to be shared with others. “We owe much to the interest and efforts of Wes Freeman, which is part of the backbone of the museum,” Shirley said. “His work is carried forward, to be shared by others.”
Check out the work that Wes spent so many hours on at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.
- Carol Feineman