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Museums receive major donation
April 18, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Platte Valley Bank-Nebraska made a $250,000 donation toward the new Legacy of the Plains Museums. From left are Zac Karpf, Senior VP/COO Platte Valley Bank-Nebraska; LPM campaign co-chair George Schlothaur; Hod Kosman, President/CEO Platte Valley Companies; Nancy Haney, LPM campaign co-chair; Don Roth, Platte Valley Companies Board of Directors; and Jodi Ruzicka, Legacy of the Plains Board President.

Platte Valley Bank-Nebraska has donated $250,000 toward the new Legacy of the Plains Museums (LPM), now under construction west of Gering.

LPM is a merger of the Farm And Ranch Museum and the North Platte Valley Historical Society Museum. The new expanded facility is going up at the current FARM campus, next to Scotts Bluff National Monument.

“Two organizations, each very successful, had a vision of an even better approach to combine these organizations into one that was even stronger,” said Hod Kosman, President and CEO of Platte Valley Companies. I’m sure it took a lot of perseverance, leadership and some diplomacy, but it all came together because it was the right thing to do.”

He added the real beneficiary of this collaboration is the community and the tens of thousands of visitors who can learn and experience our rich history and stories of this region.
“We could not do this without the support of everyone in this community,” said LPM campaign co-chair Nancy Haney. “We know how important it is to have that community support and we want to do the right thing for the community.”

Campaign co-chair George Schlothauer also said they have received a major donation from Kelley Bean Co., generating support not only from the area’s financial institutions, but also from the agricultural community. “People are realizing the importance of this project and are supporting us in a big way,” he said.

For more information about the capital campaign, contact committee co-chairs George Schlothauer at (308) 436-5724 or Nancy Haney at (308) 436-1989.
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