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About This Location

The Anna Bemis Palmer Museum, considered one of the finest historical museums in Nebraska, is a perfect relaxing location where visitors can slip back in time and lose themselves in the days of old. Anna Bemis Palmer loved the York community, providing much of the funding and many of the historical artifacts of the museum through her generosity.

The museum's displays chronicle York County and Nebraska's history, guiding visitors through area geology, Native American settlements, pioneer days, turn-of-the-century, our nation at war, and local disasters.

A special attraction at the museum is its "period rooms," displaying the insides of a sod house, including typical furnishings of the early settler, a complete bedroom and parlor of the 1880s, a pioneer wagon and an old bank interior.

Anna Palmer Artifact Trunk Planning Grant

Applications Due:  July 1,2021

Purpose: To plan for an educational trunk program for York Public Schools for the 21-22 school year.


Proposal:  Develop a proposal for identifying educational programming that uses the Anna Palmer artifacts in a manner that fits with York Public School educational curriculum needs and that can fit with the Kilgore Library programming.  The proposal should outline the community conversations that will be held and the research that will be done to develop an effective trunk program for the 2021-2022 school year.  The proposal should outline uses of funds to facilitate these discussions and research and conservation.

Letters of Support/Collaboration:  The application needs to include at least one letter of collaboration with a community partner for the program.  Other community letters of support are encouraged.

Statement of Expertise:  Provide a brief statement of the expertise that you will bring to the trunk program.  This can include experience with the collection, history training, public history experience, teaching experience, or other experience that the applicant feels qualifies him or her for the grant.

Criteria:  Experience with Anna Palmer collection (10%); Collaboration (20%); Educational partner engagement plan (50%); Expertise (20%)

Selection: The grant recipient will be selected by a panel of York educators selected by the City Administrator.

Deliverable: Proposal for a collaborative historical trunk education program for the 2021-2022 school year. The proposal can request up to $5,000.  The funds can be used for curriculum supplies, travel, conservation supplies and other needs deemed important during the planning process.  The money cannot be used for salaries or partial salaries. The proposal is due October 15, 2021. 

Payment structure: Allowable expenses can be paid by the city if the expense request is provided to the city administrator a month before the expense is due.  Allowable expenses may also be paid on a reimbursement basis.  However, half of the planning grant funding will be held until the deliverable has been submitted to the city.  

Submit all application materials to Dr. Sue Crawford, City Administrator, City of York, 100 East 4th Street, York, NE  68467.  Digital applications can be sent to