AHS – About US

About Us

Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society
207 North 15th Street
Ashland NE 68003


Preserving, recording and “telling” the rich history of the Ashland NE community and area

We thought this cartoon explained the goals of the AHS clearly . . with a bit of humor

We Wish You a Historically Good Day ! ! sm

Scroll down the page for MAP of Ashland

You will find viewable maps; link to a PRINTABLE map <to carry with you !

FIND US ON FACEBOOK !Ashland-Historical-Society-Ashland-NE-147806081942594

simply enter > “Ashland Historical Society – Ashland NE” in “search” section of YOUR Facebook account

We invite you JOIN US as a “FRIEND” of Ashland Historical Society

We have developed SEVERAL brand new pages !

check these new pages out and follow our progress !

The link > Ashland – Sheffer Cemeteries page contains information & the directories of both cemeteries.

NOTE: the Ashland Cemetery Directory is the ONLY currently searchable directory on the ‘web’

The link > AHS Quarterly Meeting Recap contains RECAPS of recent meetings of the AHS

The link> ASHLAND GAZETTE history page contains the storied history of the ; Ashland Gazettethe oldest continually operating business in Ashland, dating to 1879

The link >RAILROADS of ASHLAND NE contains the historic pictures, stories & history of the railroads in Ashland Ne,
dating to the 1869 sale & agreement with Dennis Dean, a prominent early settler

Link to > HOFFMAN Bldg. – Oscar Hoffman page

Link to > ASHLAND STIR UP DAYS page this page describes our Annual Celebration, provides pictures from the past & will have NEWS and EVENTS scheduled for our 70th Annual 2015 STIR UP Days

Pictures from the 66th & 67th Annual Stir – Up Celebration are posted for you enjoyment

Be sure to watch the left had edge of our webpages
for NEW menu additions of more informative history & pictures

We invite you to join our ‘e-mail list’ of Members & Friends of the AHS, to receive updates, meeting schedules, & Quarterly Newsletters send your request to INFO@AshlandHistoricalSociety.info



(above photo taken from a picture postcard – mailed in 1909)
(Pic below: The building on the right is the Selma Hotel – today the Farmers and Merchants Bank)
(The building on the left – with the cupola – is the National Bank – today the Lutton Law Offices)

The photo above, is from the AHS-SFHPS postcard collection, recently donated by Dick Harnsberger, looking east from 15th & Silver, circa 1911.


This picture is from a picture postcard – mailed from Ashland on May 31, 1912

(The building pictured above, is the Selma Hoteltoday & then the Farmers and Merchants Bank)

The F & M Bank was actually in the hotel – entry through the corner entrance pictured


The Selma hotel entrance was just to the left of the car in front

. . you could stay at the Selma in 1911 for $2.00 . . included your meals !

. . wonder what their rates are now . .


WONDER ABOUT the History of a Building on Silver Street

For example, . . . the history of the Glacial Till Winery

building was detailed in January 2011 AHS meeting

. . or that Beautiful Old Home ? ? ?

We invite you to “click” on the link to 2 pages in particular:


Ashland Historical Society Quarterly Meeting Recap < < LINK

the old and the new: circa approx. 1909 & circa 2010 & 2012 paved streets, the opera house painted blue . . street lighs & banners cars & pickups replacing the buggy . . . STILL no parking meters . . yeah !


After all . . . we like to describe Ashland NE as the GROWING, NURTURING and LOVING COMMUNITY that has (2) nearby “suburbs” J

Omaha is about 25 – 30 miles east of us . .

Lincoln is about 25 – 30 mile west of us

Come stay awhile – there are no parking meters – no ‘rush hour traffic’.

We are a community of FAITH with several growing & vibrant congregations, and a public school system that is second to none – one that others emulate!

CLICK HERE > > ASHLAND AREA printable map

Ashland NE is the Hometown of Clayton C. “Clay” Anderson


click above ^ ^ for ” Clay’s Page
with pictures, stories, logs and more about his
2 Space Shuttle & ISS Missions – Clay’s Adventures in Space’

Ashland Historical Society
Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society
Ashland NE 68003

2017-2018 Officers and Directors are:

President: Marti (Bailey) Fritzen
Vice President: Peg Lutton
Secretary: Deb Busing
Treasurer: Marilyn (Kolb) Wright

Directors: Judy Hull, Jerry Froistad, Jim Sanders,
Gerald (Jerry) Schofield, Patti Schofield, Pat Proctor
Webmaster-Webservices: Roger Bratt

MEMBERSHIP is available to all interested in Ashland NE History:

As a member of AHS – SFHPS, you will remain on the newsletter mailing list and you will be on the calling committe’s list for special events.

Your support as a Member . . at whatever level is so very important as we have shared on the website, in recent newsletters and at our meetings we are nearing the fulfillment of a dream:

A permanent MUSEUM for the Ashland Historical Society

The City of Ashland and the Ashland Library Committee have reached agreement for the AHS to accept the ‘old’ Ashland (Carnegie) Public Library, [circa 1911] for use as the Ashland History Museum [ AHM ] in 2015

artists rendering of the NEW ACRC – the Ashland Community Center, Resource Center & Library

This is wonderful news . . however, it requires certain budget items that may only be paid for with a strong membership base & contributions.

Your support is greatly appreciated & certainly needed at this critical time.

THANK YOU for your thoughtful consideration !

Dues are payable at our meeting(s) OR: may be mailed to:
Marilyn (Kolb) Wright, Treasurer
Ashland Historical Society
207 North 15th Street – Ashland NE 68003

Your dues will go toward supporting the Society’s objectives.
Dues are for the fiscal year of October through September each year.

Ashland Historical Society
aka; Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society
(Renewal / Enrollment Annual Dues – due October 1st each year):
Patron $75 Family $35 Single $20

Interested in becoming a Member of the AHS ? ?

Invitation to join the AHS < printable form & information

Interested in making a contribution to the AHS ? ?


is now available . . learn more for you, your company, your estate, etc. to contribute tax-exempt donations for the continuing support of the Ashland Historical Society – SFHPS

Your support is greatly appreciated & certainly needed at this critical time, as we prepare to OPEN our NEW museum; located in the historic Ashland (Carnegie) Public Library building
[constructed in 1911 * registered on the National Register of Historic Places]

THANK YOU again, or your thoughtful consideration.

Once again, Thank You for your generous & continuing support; be that support . . tireless hours of volunteering, financial & other contributions of historical articles, pictures and history of our families as we now share the “living history” of Ashland NE to Members and the world !

Our E-mail address is:


HISTORY of The Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society


” In October of 1996 a group of Ashland residents interested in Ashland’s history gathered at the invitation of Barbara Ziegenbein to form an organization. They chose the name The Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society.

Temporary officers were:
Co-chairs: Martha “Marney” Fricke and Barbara Ziegenbein, Treasurer, Marilyn (Kolb) Wright and Secretary, Judy Hull.

The organization’s purpose was to stimulate the interest of Ashland citizens in our rich heritage, to collect, record, care for and exhibit items that would serve to illustrate the history of the Ashland area, and to acquire adequate and proper space to preserve and exhibit these items in a manner that would encourage donations and participation.

Meetings were quarterly with an annual meeting in September at which time new offcers were elected. The first membership drive brought in 46 charter members.

Some projects undertaken for fund raising and education were:
The Historic Ashland Afghan, Post cards with the Ox Bow Trail cancellation, the book “Main Street Ashland” and the Historical Marker at the site of Memphis Ice House. Newsletters and posters were printed. Donated items, pictures, maps, etc. were catalogued and filed in archival protective boxes.

Several oral histories were taken and recorded and transcribed. Lillian (Dean) Bailey, with the wealth of historical data and knowledge, began the feature , “A Glimpse of the Past“, in The Ashland Gazette.

Several Members did research at the NE State Historical Society and attended seminars on the preservation of historical artifacts.

Since April of 2005 the lack of an affordable space for the organization has  stalled further activity. Needed are youthful energy and ideas, The history of Ashland is worth preserving.”

The story above is reprinted from The FIRST 150 YEARS Ashland Nebraska: 1857 – 2007

Since the 2007 story was written . . . :

. . . it was decided that The Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society would launch a website:

This would benefit the membership, as well as “connecting” with former residents and friends. Our web presence is known as Ashland Historical Society – the name was chosen to make “search engine optimization” easier . . more simply explained – “finding it” on Google, Bing, etc.

The www.AshlandHistoricalSociety.org website was ‘launched’ Feb 10th, 2010

In late January 2011, the Ashland Historical Society launched their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ashland-Historical-Society-Ashland-NE-147806081942594/ (LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE)

April 30th, 2012, the website “moved” to a new “web host” . . . Our web address remained www.AshlandHistoricalSociety.org the new “web host” ( a computer geek term ! ) will provide several features that were not available on the previous ‘host’
The ‘transition’ comes with a few ‘hiccups’ & challenges . . you will see that we will have a better web presence when everything is completed.

In FEB/MAR of 2018 we will be “moving” our website to a NEW “web host”, as Microsoft is discontinuing the hosting of “public websites”
This “move”, (not by AHS choice), may cause some temporary disruption of viewing or our site.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

MARCH – APRIL of 2015 The Ashland Historical Society reached agreement with the City Of Ashland for the long-term lease of the former Ashland (Carnegie) Public Library  building [circa 1911] as the AHS Headquarters and the Ashland History Museum [AHM ]

Synopsis: The website presence and the new Facebook page have created interest in Ashland history from around the world and from outer space ! We have been able to create an enormous e-mail list of Members, Friends & former residents, including Clay Anderson, Nebraska’s first astronaut, Ashland’s native son; members of the military, Troy Froistad & Chris Bogus, Rich Snodgrass, serving our nation, & countless others.

We are able to preserve funds for ongoing projects through the e-mailing of our newsletters, thereby saving printing and mailing expense.

We invite you to join our ‘e-mail list’ of Members & Friends of the AHS, to receive updates, meeting schedules, & Quarterly Newsletters send your request to INFO@AshlandHistoricalSociety.info

We learned in January of 2011, that Suzi Nelson of the Ashland Gazette was able to secure permission from the OWH, owner of the Gazette, for the AHS to reprint the entire A Glimpse of the Pastseries of articles written by Lillian (Dean) Bailey.

We are very grateful to Suzi, the Gazette & the OWH for this important contribution.

We will be making these available on CD/DVD very soon.

Through our “Contact Us” page, we receive several request monthly from folks who are searching for genealogy information about family members with ancestral roots in the Ashland community and the Ashland area.

This has served three very important purposes:
The family members have shared stories and pictures that we have been able to share on the website, has energized our member “history buffs & genealogists” to search sources that they have each & all developed over the the years and to establish new ‘friends’, as well.

Possibly the most exciting news is that in October of 2010, the Ashland Library Commitee approved the selection of an architect to guide them through the process of building a NEW
Ashland Community Resource Center and Public Library . . .
a project that has been a dream in Ashland for several years !

The NEW ACRCand Library [Ashland Community Resource Center and Public Library] was dedicated and opened on February 7th, 2015.

A picture postcard from the Dick Harnsberger collection – (below)
The Ashland (Carnegie) Public Library was built in 1911 & is on the National Register of Historic Places




This story about the Ashland (Carnegie) Public Library was first published in 1915:

The City of Ashland is fortunate in having an excellent public library. The modern city is coming to recognize the necessity of a library, where the public, particularly the people who have never had the advantage of a library, may have the privilege of keeping themselves informed.
The idea originated in Ashland in 1910-11. The Woman’s Club of the town, Reverend Clark, and E. C. Wiggenhorn were largely responsible for its inception. The sum of $5,500 was secured from the great philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, and the total cost of the building was $7,000.

Ernest A. Wiggenhorn, Jr., donated the ground on which the building stands and H. A. Wiggenhorn put on a $5,000.00 roof. Numerous other citizens donated various sums to aid in the construction. Ground was broken for the building in October, 1911, and the building was opened the last of March, 1912, with Jessie Scott as librarian. The contract for the erection of the library was given to W. R. Shankland of Lincoln, Neb. The building was rented to the Ashland Historical Society for use as a museum in February, 2015.

Be sure to check our Ashland Historical Society Events Calendar page for upcoming SPECIAL EVENTS and meeting dates ! Ashland Historical Society/Events Calendarclick ^ ^ on the LINK above ^ ^Presented by the Ashland Historical Society Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society Also – be sure to check the Ashland Arts Council – Events page click^ ^ on the LINK above ^ ^

Be sure to check our Ashland Historical Society Events Calendar page for upcoming SPECIAL EVENTS and meeting dates !

Ashland Historical Society/Events Calendar

click ^ ^ on the LINK above ^ ^

Presented by the

Ashland Historical Society

Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society

Also – be sure to check the Ashland Arts Council – Events page

click^ ^ on the LINK above ^ ^

‘New Bridge’ over Salt Creek * circa 1908 postcard

Ashland Historical Society

Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society
207 North 15th Street, Ashland NE 68003

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Preserving, recording and “telling” the rich history of the Ashland NE community and area