A Lifetime of HOPE
Location: Aging Partners Senior Center Downtown - 1005 O St.
Artist: Linda Arnold
Community Groups: Artist from Burke Plaza and Crossroads: Nellie Mach, Fred Matulka, Jan Matulka, Linda Becker, Mary Jane Bonebright, Jose Hernandez, Esther Hernandez, Mary Valentia, and Steve Steick
Medium: Wood dye, Mosaic, Wood carving, Image transfer
The Niebrugge family owned the small farm in Johnson County, Nebraska, since late in the nineteenth century. For two days in 1913 forty people gathered to raise a new barn for the family. At the time, a buggy was used for transportation and the crops were brought in with manual labor. Many changes occurred in the next one hundred years, but faith and family sustained each person. Portions of the barn structure have been removed in recent years. Some material is gone due to decay and some material repurposed to build a more modern business interior. Only a portion of the frame remains. The door is repurposed here to remind others of full lives led in this century and moving into the next. The generation of the past found hope realized in family, residence in the United States, education, a better economic environment, and provision of consistent opportunity. Although this generation is reaching the end of a journey, there is an expectation that this hope will continue.