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WE EXTEND HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO ALL AND WISH YOU
GOD’S BLESSINGS IN 2003

This newsletter is to inform you four Busy Bees have converted the Saint Michael Rectory into the Saint Michael House. It is a house for rent by the day or for an event. You will find the kitchen is fully equipped with stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, dishes and cooking utensils. There are three bedrooms with a total of five beds and a den with a hide-a-bed. It would sleep 10 – 12 people comfortably. There are three bathrooms and laundry facilities are also available.

The Committee, after much discussion, decided on the following rental prices .

SPECIAL OCCASIONS OPTIONS:
___$50 Stipend for 6 Hours Use ……Showers or family parties

___$100 Stipend for Day use from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Weddings – Family Get Togethers - Holiday Parties

___$175 Stipend for New Years Eve

OVERNIGHT OPTIONS
___$150 Stipend per night for 1 – 2 Nights

___$400 Stipend for 3 Nights

Check in time is 3:00pm, Check out time is Noon

Please call 246-2606 for information and reservations. When making a reservation, a deposit is requested. No credit cards are accepted at this time.

Photos of The Michael House may be viewed here.

Come and experience the quiet beauty of the country and this Historic Complex.

PROGRESS:

We have completed our search of the death records and found there are 150 unmarked children’s graves and 50 unmarked adult graves. Plans are to erect a monument and list these names. Perhaps place a bench near by and create a garden setting , a place to sit and remember.

FUTURE:

This is the time to reflect and dream on what direction the St. Michael Historical Society goes in next. Do we try to make a retreat center? Do we make our complex a place where weary travelers can come and connect with God; Pause on the highway of life and enjoy the quiet beauty of this Historic complex? Whatever is decided there is much work to do. Gardens should be planned and planted, and our school building still needs repairs the greatest of these being the windows. We need to install a restroom on the first floor of the museum plus all of the other repairs needed to the Grotto and statues.

With God’s help and your prayers for guidance these things will be figured out. Hopefully God will provide the helpful hands and funds to make our dreams a reality.

You can each us at our e-mail address tarnov@hotmail.com and we hope you visit our web site at www.megavision.net/stmichaels. Please note our new 911 address that replaces our previous mailing address.

If anyone is employed by a company that contributes matching funds to a non-profit organization with a 501©3 IRA number please contact a member of our historical society.

In closing we wish to remind you how important all our members are to us and we thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to submit any comments or suggestions.

Saint Michael Historical Society.


Annual Meeting Newsletter

The Saint Michael Historical Society held their eighth annual meeting on Monday July 1, 2002 at the Saint Michael Social Hall. Secretary and Treasurer reports were read and approved. Lunch was served at the close of the meeting.

Officers and Board of Directors have agreed to serve another term.
President: Tim Sliva
Secretary: Laura Schemek
Treasurer: Mary Jane Rosenthal
Board of Directors:
Sally Paprocki, Eleanore Jaworski, Ben Jarosz and Clarence Torczon

Donations, Memorials, and Matching Funds came to $8,169.05 for 2001 / 2002.

Our annual soup lunch was held in January and netted $ 1,641.61. We thank all that supported this fund raiser.

PROGRESS:

  • Seems nothing gets done but looking back over the year much was accomplished.

  • During the summer of 2001 the west hallway was painted and floors of the Sisters wing were refinished. This completes work on the first level.

  • One summer evening Tim Sliva, Scott Rosenthal, Bob, Gene and Bill Shemek came and carried the Bread Oven and Purgatorial Scene up from the basement. Ray Jaworski and Ben Jarosz completed the set-up work. A big ‘Thank You’ to those helpers.

  • The cemetery project of straightening and repairing the tombstones was completed in August by Mr. Davis.

  • Late October found Mid-Continent Restoration doing the tuck point job on the west wall of the school building. Some minor repairs were done on the rectory too.

  • Spring of 2002 Ben and Ray Jarosz came and installed a pair of the stained glass doors over a window in our hallway. These were from the windows in the old Chapel in the school. Looks real nice.

  • Thanks to Wallace Paprocki who encouraged us to undertake making an afghan for a Fund Raiser we now have one for sale. Pictures of the church, grotto, school, cemetery group and St. Michael along with a picture of Tarnov in 1911 are on the afghan. We started this project in November by contacting Computer Creations in Spaulding. Pictures were taken and a total of four samples were submitted before we gave it our approval. The afghans arrived in May. There are two colors. Navy/Marine blue/Natural and Red/Black/Natural. They sell for $40.00 and can be purchased from the Historical Society. If you want them mailed there is an additional $7 postage charge. A graphic of the afghan is pictured here.

  • Currently St. Michael parish is replacing the plexiglass covering on the church windows with glass. The South side is finished, the East side is next. As money comes in we will keep going to the North and West sides. Cost is $600 per window. At our meeting we decided to give $600 to this project and $500 to a repair project in the Social Hall.

FUTURE PLANS:
Miniature replicas are being made of the closed parishes. We are still looking for articles from St. Mary’s, St. Bernard, St. Anthony, St. John, and Sacred Heart-Cornlea. Any pictures or articles of interest PLEASE. A big Thank You to those who have come forward.

Many projects are awaiting our attention. The greatest of these being repair of the windows on the school building. The Grotto needs repair, statues need painting; we are still planning on placing a monument on the cemetery for all the unmarked graves. It would be nice to have a restroom on the museum level for the convenience of our visitors.

How about establishing gardens and making the grounds more like a shrine for people to come and reflect on their spirituality like the Holy Family Shrine off of the interstate in southwestern Sarpy County. We are located off of the busy 4-lane expressway and already have a beautiful Historic church , Grotto to the Blessed Mother and Crucifixion Group in the cemetery.

We are in need of: IDEAS, WILLING HELPFUL HANDS , and of course FUNDS TO MAKE THESE IDEAS REALITY

GENERAL INFORMATION:
We encourage our members to become more active in this organization. Volunteers are needed when we are open on the first Sunday of May thru September. This would involve being present from 12:30 to 5:00. Contact Mary Jane Rosenthal or Laura Schemek if you are able to volunteer on any of these Sunday’s.

There were five large and one small tour groups for the last year. So far there is one scheduled in August and September.

You can reach us at our e-mail address tarnov@hotmail.com and we hope you visit our web site at www.megavision.net/stmichaels . Please note our new 911 address that replaces our previous mailing address.

If anyone is employed by a company that contributes matching funds to a non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 IRA number please contact a member of our historical society.

In closing we wish to remind you how important all our members are to us and we thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to submit any comments or suggestions.


SAINT MICHAEL HISTORICAL SOCIETY

309 3RD ST. STE. #1
TARNOV, NE 68642-4211

 

 

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