Sage Museum Celebrates Native Americans

If you are looking to take in some Native American history, consider the Sage Museum in Brownville.

The museum features a wall of Native American portraits. The pictures are from the 1898 Trans Mississippi Exposition that was held in Omaha. Many Native Americans came to Omaha at that time to have their pictures taken. The photos were taken by Frank Rinehart who was an artist famous for his photography capturing Native American personalities and scenes.

"What's amazing to me is that 500 of them from 35 different tribes came to the exposition," Brownville Historical Society President Bob Chitwood said. "How they ever got the word out in 1989 to people to come, I don't know, but they did."

The photo wall features pictures of famous Native Americans, including Geronimo and Chief Red Cloud. "I think Mr. Rinehart did a super job to convey to all of us, the dignity of these people," Chitwood said.

The Omaha Public Library has a complete set these pictures, the Smithsonian Institute has a complete set, as does Haskell University in Kansas. The photo wall at the Sage Museum features a portion of the collection.

The Sage Museum is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.