Old Nebraska church finds new life as part of a museum

SUPERIOR, Neb. —The Advent season is a time of new beginnings for many Christians, the start of a new year of worship, works and witness.

On Nov. 29, area residents gathered in Superior to celebrate not only the first day of the season leading into Christmas but also new life for a building long dedicated to the purposes of Christianity.

In all, 83 people signed in for the Sounds of Christmas songfest in the refurbished Ruskin Presbyterian Church, now on the grounds of the Nuckolls County Historical Museum in Superior.

The building was moved in 2007 and rededicated in September following work to its interior. "I tried to encourage everyone to sign our book," said Loetta Pedersen, secretary of the museum board. "But there may have been some who came early, or were involved in the program, that didn't get it done."

It was the latest of a handful of public events conducted in the church since it was moved to the Superior museum grounds in November 2007.

At that time, the building no longer was in use in Ruskin and had fallen into disrepair. Since then, extensive renovations have been made, and fixtures from several closed area churches have been added to the interior. In May, the first worship service since the renovation was conducted.

The church was built in 1889 to serve a congregation that had been organized in July 1874 as the Presbyterian Church of Henrietta, a town now gone.