Sheila Johnson
Public Information Officer, Nebraska Environmental Trust
Phone: (402) 471-5409
Fax: (402) 471-8233

Press Release: A Call for Volunteer Docents for the Historic Ferguson House


Lincoln, NE –January 15, 2014– The Nebraska Environmental Trust which manages the historical Ferguson House is currently looking for volunteer docents to assists with event rentals at the Ferguson House. The 102 year-old Renaissance Revival home is a state owned building that is open for event rentals during the year, ranging from bridal and baby showers to weddings, anniversaries and birthdays at minimal cost to the public. If you would like to volunteer your time to help out in these events, call Sheila Johnson at 402-471-1714 on Mondays through Fridays (8:00am – 5:00pm) or e-mail to enquire about volunteer opportunities and fill out an application form. Background checks are essential for prospective volunteers and successful volunteers will be entitled for one free rental after a year of service.

Ferguson House


The Ferguson House is located at 700 S 16th Street in downtown Lincoln.

Considered to be one of the finest examples of Second Renaissance Revival architecture in the area, the Ferguson House was built between 1909 and 1911 by William Henry and Myrtle Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson helped introduce winter wheat and alfalfa to Nebraska and was co-owner of Yankee Hill Brick and Capital Beach Amusement Park, President of Beatrice Foods and owner of Wood Lawn Dairy. The state of Nebraska acquired the property from the Ferguson family in 1961 and the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is a well-known landmark in Lincoln located across from the Nebraska State Capitol. The staff of the Nebraska Environmental Trust currently occupies the second floor of the Ferguson House. The first floor living and dining rooms are available to rent for meeting and events during the course of the year.

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