News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018038
ContactJanice Stopak402-423-9683 ext. 121
Vicki Schurman402-437-5563
Dawson, Nebraska, Aug 28, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development has awarded the Pennsylvania Colony Historical Society of Nebraska, in rural Richardson County, $110,000 to construct an artifacts building.

“USDA Rural Development is pleased to assist in this project,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development. “Heritage is important to residents and so facilities like this one are needed to preserve and illustrate the journey that was taken to found our communities.”

The funding will be used construct a 40 x 60 foot building with a 12 x 60 foot lean-to. The facility will be used to store, display and preserve artifacts from the Pennsylvania Dutch people who settled in southeast Nebraska.

“This facility will help to preserve the history of these early Nebraska settlers and to provide an educational opportunity. In addition, this structure will provide a useful facility for the entire Dawson, Nebraska area,” said President Daniel T. Pleiss, Pennsylvania Colony Historical Society of Nebraska.

USDA funding was provided through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility program. For additional information contact Janice Stopak at

or phone (402) 423-9683 Ext. 121. Visit

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President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.