Wyuka Historical Foundation supports the preservation, interpretation, and public use of Nebraska‘s historic state cemetery.
Preservation: Preservation and restoration efforts for the monuments and buildings at Wyuka are a principal focus of the Foundation. Preserving the beautiful landscape, the streets, and the other historic elements of Wyuka Cemetery will assure that future generations of Nebraskans and visitors from throughout the country can enjoy this unique property. Wyuka Cemetery is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places and is a Nebraska State Arboretum Historic Landscape.
Public Use: Wyuka is a state property, and the Historical Foundation encourages the community to enjoy the grounds as a place for walking and enjoying nature. The Stables, Rudge Chapel and the Garden Room are used for weddings, concerts, and community meetings as well as memorial services.
Wreaths Across America
December 16th is National Wreaths Across America Day, whose mission to Remember, Honor and Teach through coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. Wyuka is a designated location and hundreds of fresh evergreen wreaths will be placed in Soldier Circle. The event is open to the public and begins at 11am with keynote speaker former U.S. Senator Ben Nelson.
Lincoln historian Ed Zimmer led the annual fall tour through Wyuka Cemetery on Sunday, October 8th. With the recent dedication of the Standing Bear sculpture on Centennial Mall, Zimmer focused on sculptures at Wyuka. Tour stops included the work of the Kimball Brothers and such monuments as Jeanette Thompson’s near the center of Section 13.
(above) The Witte monument sculpted by the Kimball Brothers .
The brother of a victim the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and a retired member of the Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force 1 who helped in the recovery efforts following the attacks joined Wyuka Historical Foundation’s Diane Bartels in the laying of flowers at the base of the 9/11 Memorial on the east side of Wyuka.
Chris Geis, brother of Julie Geis who was killed at the World Trade Center joined Diane Bartels and Ron Kennett (on the right) at a brief ceremony to remember the victims of 9/11. Julie was 44 when she died. A senior vice president with AON she had meetings in New York that September at the company headquarters, the 102nd floor of the South Tower. Julie was also a member of the Husker softball team and an endowed scholarship for future players has been established in her honor.
Ron was 1 of the 62 person contingent of NE-TF1 that went to New York in recovery efforts. The task force spent eights days supporting the New York City Fire Department and other task forces at the World Trade Center.
Thank you Lincoln for supporting Wyuka!