Bill would help Omaha museum build new facility

Jan 16, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Great Blains Black History Museum in Omaha would receive help from the state to build a new building under a proposal in the Nebraska Legislature.

Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha introduced the bill on Wednesday. The bill would create the Great Plains Black History Endowment Fund, which would receive $8 million on July 1. The Nebraska State Historical Society will offer up to $8 million for the project, contingent on private fundraising.

Organizers say the bill would mark the first step in creating a new, $25 million, 36,000-square-foot building. The grants would be available for two years.

The bill is LB904.

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