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Morn. Twilight: 6:47 A.M.
Sunrise: 7:14 A.M.
Sunset: 7:43 P.M.
Duration: 12h, 29m
Eve. Twilight: 8:11 A.M.
Visibile Light: 13h, 23m

"Florence Mill"

A preservation project, the Winter Quarters Mill Museum and ArtLoft Gallery.

Located 9102 N. 30th Street.  This location is handicap accessible on the outside and on the ground floor during Florence Days (in May). The access to the rest of the inside is by way of stairs. Also, the upper levels are also accessible by stairs, one being more like a ladder.
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Address: Latitude: 41°20'39"N (41.3441667), Longitude: 095°57'30"W (-95.9583333)
Physically: (41.3441667, -95.9583333)   (Terraserver Compass symbol. Click to see the area from satellite view.) (Symbol of USGS. Click to see a map.) (Symbol of USGS. Click to see a map.) or (Symbol of USGS. Click to see a map.) 41.3434635 -95.9625247 (GeoHack logo)

Open May 1st through October 31st, 1 to 5 P.M. (with the help of Volunteer Angels) Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Sunday. Tours are also available by appointment at other times by calling 402-551-1233

The mill building is next to the 30th street exit from Interstate-680 and the Mormon bridge that spans the Missouri River.  Travelers along I-680 crossing the Mormon Bridge saw it as the "pink building" in the 1970s.  This mill is the oldest mill in the state, being built while the land still was considered "Indian Country." The mill has now been turned into a museum and art gallery* by a local artist.*  The museum contains historic photos, newspaper clippings, and objects from the pioneer era of Florence. (see more history below)

The Florence Mill Celebrates Florence Days with Art

After the Parade come see young folk dancing in the field...in a really old way!

We do not currently have an upcoming event or exhibit scheduled for 2017. We are getting ready for the entire summer when there will be more events and exhibits.

On Display

Image - Katherline Irwin - Surface
Katherline Irwin - Surface
  • 2013 exhibit in the ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery)
    • June to August: "The Serpent in the Story" - Quilts by Shea Wilkinson.
      • Opening reception is Sunday, May 12 from 1:30 to 4:30
    • September: "Under the Skin" - Artwork by Katherine Irwin
      • Exhibiting figurative paintings, both traditional and surprising.
      • Katherine is the 7th recipient of the Connor Meigs Art Award, and travels to Omaha from Oswego, NY.
      • Katherine graduated with her BFA from Suny Potsdam.
      • Opening reception is Saturday, September 7 from 1:30 to 4:30
        • Kenneth Bé plays his lute around 2 P.M.
        • You are invited!
    • October 5 & 6th: "North Hills Pottery Tour.
      • Kenneth Bé* will play Renaissance Lute Music both Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 upstairs in the ArtLoft. (see Youtube sample)
        Image - Kenneth Bé - Lute
        Kenneth Bé - Lute
      • Czech Kolache Bake Sale from the Sisters of Notre Dame...
      • Autumn Pumpkins...&...
        • Last weekend to view "Under the Skin" by Katherine Irwin in the ArtLoft. (7th Recipient of the Connor Meigs Art Award.)
    • After touring the Florence Mill, follow the map to John Dennison's Pottery Studio in the beautiful Ponca Hills, jog over to Too-Far-North (pottery & wine tasting!) in Fort Calhoun... then drive a bit north to Liz Vercruysse & John Martelle's unusual studio/farm in Herman Nebraska for a weekend of fun & art.

2012 exhibit in the ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery)

  • During May, the Florence Mill ArtLoft will display landscapes and agrarian-themed works from the permanent collection of the Bone Creek Museum
    • "Simply Agrarian: Selections from the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art" at the Florence Mill ArtLoft.
      • The exhibit will run from May 2 to 31
      • Serendipity happened at a recent Nebraska Museums Conference in Kearney:
        • Nebraska's only two venues incorporating art and agriculture met. Sparks and grain dust flew. The result is a collaboration of traveling exhibits... a new experience for both the Florence Mill ArtLoft and Bone Creek Museum.
        • How fitting to show artworks related to agriculture in an art gallery that once stored sacks of grain.
      • This is a one-month exhibit that will soon pass.
      • You are invited to view it, plus join us for:
        • A reception on Saturday, May 12 at 2:30 P.M. "Meet the Curator" Amanda Mobley, Curator of Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art will discuss the exhibit and Nebraska's newest art museum.
        • Thursday, May 31: 5-7 P.M. Closing Reception. Public is invited
    • Linda Meig's black & white photo exhibit "The Farm" will be exhibited at the Bone Creek Museum in August. The Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art is located at 575 E Street, David City, NE 68632. ((Google Maps logo)) 402-367-4488
  • June to August: "Guardians of the Grain: Preserving the Legacy" and exhibit of photographs by Bruce Selyem.
    • "Landmarks in a Sea of Grass"
    • Photographs by Bruce Selyem
    • Bruce is a professional photographer from Bozeman, Montana and founder of the Country Grain Elevator Historical Society.
    • He and his writer-wife, Barbara, travel the USA and Canada documenting threatened old country grain elevators.
    • Find the Florence Mill and Grain Elevator in their beautiful new book!
  • September: "Christine Fredendall 2012 Connor Meigs Art Award recipient.
  • October 6 & 7th: "North Hills Pottery Tour.

2011 exhibit in the the ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery)

  • August-September:
    • "Regeneration" Paintings by Woohyun Shim, recipient of the 2011 Connor Meigs Art Award. Woohyun is a 2010 granduate of the Chicago Art Institute. The exhibit will run from August 6 to September 6, with a reception for the artist on Saturday, August 6 from 1:30 to 4:30 P.M..

2010 exhibit in the the ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery)

  • June:
    • "Omaha Plein Air Painters" (Joy Bradley, Jan Cline-Zimmerman, Debra Groesser, Melissa Johnson, Kathleen Keller, John Meng-Frecker & Greg Walter).
    • Artists Reception: Saturday, June 5 from 1-4 P.M.
  • June:
    • "Water Works" Sculpture by Matthew Farley, recipient of the 2010 Connor Meigs Art Award. Matthew is a 2010 BFA graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. The exhibit will run from October 9 to October 31st, with a reception for the artist on Saturday, October 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M..
  • August:
    • "The Farm" - Black and White Photography by Linda Meigs.

Upcoming events at the Mill:

2009 exhibit in the the ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery)

  • May:
    • "Full Plate" an exhibit of functional and dysfunctional art-plates by the NWCA (Nebraska Womens Caucus for the Arts). Opening reception is Sunday, May 3 from 1:30 to 4:30 Attached is an image of my plate titled "Seen & Unseen". Platle by Linda Hatfield is called "My grandma Had Blue Hair Too"
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  • June:
    • "Myth & Mundane" Paintings by Stephanie Olesh, recipient of the 2009 Connor Meigs Art Award. Stephanie is a 2008 granduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She is local talent, as she graduated from Central High School in 2004 (a year after Connor graduated from Central. Stephanie is unique as the only award recipient to know Connor)
  • August:
    • "The Farm" - Black and White Photography by Linda Meigs.

May 17th, 2008: Florence Days Open House ...celebrating Ten Years since the mill's rebirth.

July 12, 2008: Westside High School Class of '68: Forty-Year-Reunion.

Oct 4-5, 2008 North Hills Pottery Tour...hosting several ceramic-artists.

2008 exhibit in the the ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery)

  • June & July: "Many Waters"...New works by Linda Meigs
    • June 8: Opening Reception, 1:30-4:30 P.M.
  • August & September: Sariah Ha, 2008 Recipient of the Connor Meigs Award *
    • On display through October 5, 2008 at the Florence Mill ArtLoft is "Configurations": Paintings by Sariah Ha, from Diamond Bar California. Sariah is a recent graduate of California State University at Fullerton. This is her first solo exhibit. She was selected from a pool of national applications as the 2008 recipient of the Connor Meigs Award, given in memory of my late son. The opening reception for the artist was Sunday, August 3. Sariah's work is figurative and loosely drawn in the tradition of Egon Schiele, but with an Asian flair.
    • PDF File.  Details
    • August 3 Opening Reception, 1:30-4:30 P.M.

During Florence Days, the mill is a beehive of activity for tours, art exhibits, and story telling.  If you have children, bring them to the special Chataquas (storytelling) sessions during Florence Days.  The children get to be involved in most cases, and this alone makes them remember these significant historic events.

2007 exhibit in the the ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery)

May 2007: Paintings by Nick Shindell. Shindell is a 2006 graduate of the Chicago Art Institute and currently lives in Phoenix AZ. He is the first recipient of the Connor Meigs Award. This award, given in memory of the late Connor Meigs, helps to launch the art career of a deserving young artist with a solo show, professional help and educational opportunities.

On May 6, 2007, a reception for the artist will be held from 1:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

October 2007: North Hills Pottery Tour

2006 exhibit in the the ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery)

From June 1st, 2006 through August 31st, 2006, the gallery will display work from Linda Meig's son Connor Meigs: Retrospective Dialogue.  This is an encore presentation of Connor Meig's work displayed last year.  The work is gaining popularity so much that in October 2006, the exhibit will travel from the mill to Beatrice, Nebraska to be displayed in the Beatrice Public Library Norva Price Meeting Room.

On October 7 & 8, 2006 "The Mill" will host two artist/potters for the North Omaha Pottery Tour. The hours are from 10-5.

2005 exhibit in the the ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery)

From June 1st, 2005 through August 31st, 2005, the gallery displayed work from Linda Meig's son Connor Meigs, who tragically lost his life on December 24th, 2004.  Linda Meigs has said, "Connor was blessed with much more artistic talent than I have...and in his short life he produced much quality work...painting, sculptures, drawings, editorial cartoons ...so it is the least I can do to honor him and his work to put on this exhibit at the mill. How lucky I am to be able to do this.  His art will be up June 1 through August 31, 2005. The gallery on the 2nd floor of the mill will be dedicated as the Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery."

2004 exhibit in the the ArtLoft Gallery

Art by "George Simons, Territorial Artist" (during month of August 2004)

The art exhibit was written as a story, and illustrated by George Simon's artwork.  George Simons arrived in Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Iowa in 1853, and was the cook for General Grenville Dodge.  He documented what he saw by sketching.  He witnessed the pioneers passing through, those that stayed, and what they built.  He sketched it all.  His artwork contains rare images of our past, such as William Brown's Ferry that crossed the Missouri River from Kanesville to the new territory on the west banks.  This is a rare opportunity to see the art collection.  Don't miss it.

The ArtLoft Gallery (Connor Meigs Memorial Gallery) has housed exhibits such as "The Farm" - A black and white photo collection by Linda Meigs, and a display of school children's art during River City Roundup.  The gallery is closed September 1st for the season but will re-open during Florence Days (third weekend in May), and be open for the summer through August 31st of each year.  Expect more great shows in the future. 

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You can get your "Passport" at the Florence Mill.  The Passport is a special pass that allows you to get $1 off admission to several area historic attractions from Fort Omaha to Fort Calhoun.  See the Passport page for more details and additional locations where you can get the pass.

* The Connor Meigs Award

The Connor Meigs Award includes an honorarium, professional mentoring, solo exhibit, invitations/mailings, reception for the artist and studio-tours. It is given to a talented BFA graduate just beginning their art career. Connor was the son of Linda and John Meigs. He was promised an exhibit in the Florence Mill's ArtLoft when he graduated from KU. Instead, the exhibit of his paintings, drawings, sculptures and editorial cartoons was a retrospective. Connor passed away on December 24, 2004 from injuries sustained in a car accident. Through this award, the mentoring and exhibit promised to him is given to others...in his memory.

Past Recipients of the Connor Meigs Award:

  • 2013 Katherine Irwin (show during September)
  • 2012 Christine Fredendall (show during September)
  • 2011 Woohyun Shim, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2010 Matthew Farley, Lawrence, Kansas
  • 2009 Stephanie Olesh, Omaha, Nebraska
  • 2008 Sariah Ha, Diamond Bar CA, BFA California State University at Fullerton
  • 2007 Nick Shindell, Phoenix AZ, BFA Chicago Art Institute

History of the Florence Mill:

The Florence Mill originated as the 1846 Winter Quarters gristmill, which was built under the supervision of Brigham Young. After the Mormons abandoned Winter Quarters in 1848, the mill was rebuilt by a Gold-Rusher who never made it to California. The Florence Mill provided agricultural support for the new town of Florence in Nebraska Territory. It is listed as the Weber Mill on the National Register of Historic Places, in honor of the Weber family's 104 years as millers of Florence. Renovation of the formerly dilapidated building is still ongoing. No longer pink, the Florence Mill remains today because it evolved to fit the times and changing agricultural needs of farmers from the Civil War to the Cold War. The Florence Mill contains the only structural remains from Winter Quarters. Though remodeled, moved and added to, the Florence Mill contains some of the original hand-hewn beams and wooden pegs cut for the 1846 gristmill. The grain elevator, which was added in 1915, continues to use the rope man-lift to reach the upper bins.

Markers

The Florence Mill has two* historic markers.  Click on the marker images at the left to see each in detail.  You can read the text formatted exactly as it is on the original markers.

Mill History:

  • During the time of the Mormon settlement in the area, they needed a mill to grind corn, wheat, and rye to create cornmeal and flour products.  Brigham Young had the mill built to serve those needs.  The original mill was constructed next to a creek that flowed into the Missouri River.  When the Mormons moved on, usable parts were dismantled and moved on as well.  The rest of the structure was eventually deserted.  Later on, a new owner of the mill property tore the old structure down and some of the good timbers were used to build a new mill in the area.  Surprisingly, that mill still stands, though it is no longer operational as a mill.  The mill operated until the 1960s.

  • Read more about the Florence Mill during the Mormon era.