Out of the Museum

Docent Kathy Freeman demonstrates this week’s mystery item

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Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.

When: Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Free: Donations always accepted


What is the mystery item that Lincoln Area Archives Museum docent Kathy Freeman is holding?

Send your answer to The answer will appear in next week’s Out of the Museum feature.

The Lincoln Area Archives Museum is at 640 5th St.


Last week’s mystery item and the family behind it

The tool box, pictured last week, belonged to Julio Ruiz, the father of Louis Ruiz and the grandfather of Richard and the late Wello Ruiz. 

Richard Ruiz donated the tool box to the museum where it can now be viewed in the blacksmith shop area.

Julio moved to Lincoln from Mexico with his mother, stepfather and his wife, Profirla Ramirez, with the couples’ first born, Louis Ruiz (born in 1899). More than a century later, a number of family members continue to be Lincolnites.   

The couple’s second child, Inez  Ruiz, was born in Lincoln in 1900.  A sister, Clara, joined the family in 1915.

Julio worked in the dairy farm mine at Van Trent as a blacksmith and, after the mine closed, worked at Gladding, McBean. 

Louis Ruiz worked for the city.

The Ruiz family has called Lincoln home for more than 100 years. The family line is at six generations in Lincoln (seven, if counting from Julio’s mother).

In 2020, a family member will be the fifth generation of the Ruiz family to be a Lincoln High School graduate. 

 Check out the toolbox and hundreds of other artifacts at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

There is no admission but donations are always accepted by the nonprofit museum.

- Carol Feineman