KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) For the first time since it opened in 2000, the Kearney Archway Monument museum turned a profit.
Archway executive director Eric Hellreigel said the Archway's revenue in 2017 was $799,393. That was the first time that operating revenue exceeded operating expenses in the museum's 17-year history. Hellreigel says the profit was 2.5%, which is about $19,984.
During the museum's 17 years in existence, there were numerous management changes. The city of Kearney operates the museum now under a management agreement with the Great Platte River Road Archway foundation.
Hellreigel is the city of Kearney's projects manager and
said he spends part of his time as the museum's executive director.
The Archway does receive other funds from the city and the Kearney area visitors bureau. But those are separate from the operating revenue reported for 2017.
Hellreigel said he hopes the Archway makes about the same amount of money in 2018.