Explore the 100th Meridian Museum in historic downtown Cozad, and enjoy the displays and exhibits that tell the stories of the rich heritage of the early settlers as well as presenting a portrayal of contemporary life.
Be sure to see the Concord touring coach that was used by William Howard Taft on a visit to Yellowstone Park. See original paintings, along with items from Nebraska Plastics and Monroe Auto, school books with autographs, beautiful musical instruments, the history of many businesses, tributes to veterans, the antique popcorn stand, a salute to Cozad Alfalfa Capitol of the World, and an Olympic Torch carried through Nebraska by the Pony Express on its way to Atlanta GA.
We are located at 206 E. 8th Street and situated on the historic Lincoln Highway. The Lincoln Highway stretched across 3,389 miles beginning construction in 1913 when a group of American industrialists envisioned a “continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific, open to lawful traffic of all description, without toll charges, and to be a lasting memorial to Abraham Lincoln.” The Lincoln Highway banner is proudly displayed in front of the museum as part of its official route and an original Lincoln Highway marker can be viewed in the front window.
Visit us soon, with doors open to the 100th Meridian Museum Memorial Day to Labor Day or by appointment. Call (308) 784-1100 or contact the Cozad Chamber of Commerce at (308) 784-3930.
An official Pony Express Station is located just one block north of the museum in Veteran’s Memorial Park. It’s just another segment of Cozad history that must be seen!
The largest display of original Henri Paintings on Display in the world!
Come visit the boyhood home of Robert Henri, as you learn of the life and times of famed American artist, Robert Henri. Henri had a Nebraska connection which remained unknown until the 1950s. Born Robert Henry Cozad in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1865, he came to Dawson County, Nebraska, at the age of eight. His father, John J. Cozad, founded the town of Cozad in 1873. The outcome of a legal dispute with neighbors ended with a death and caused the elder Cozad to leave Nebraska in 1882. His family soon followed. The family settled in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The father changed his name to Richard Henry Lee, and Robert and his brother posed as foster sons, taking the names Robert Henry (later Henri) and Frank Southern.
In 1886 Robert Henri enrolled in an art school in Philadelphia and then studied three years in Paris. After teaching in Philadelphia at the Woman’s School of Design, Henri returned to Paris and lived there several years. Henri taught at various academies and founded the Henri School. He was the leader of the “Ash Can” group who pioneered realistic paintings and who believed that artists should have freedom of expression in art. A book about Henri, The Art Spirit by Margery Ryerson, is well-known to art students and to art lovers. Mari Sandoz wrote a novel, Son of The Gamblin Man, which is based on Robert Henri’s Nebraska childhood. Henri died in New York City on July 12, 1929.
The gift shop includes local arts and crafts as well as Henri Prints & Cats Meow collectibles.
The Robert Henri Museum and History Walkway is open May thru October on Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays & holidays by appointment.
For tours, contact The Henri Museum at (308) 784-4154, located at 218 East 8th Street, Cozad, Nebraska, or contact the Cozad Chamber of Commerce at (308) 784-3930.
For more information, view the Robert Henri Museum and Historic Walkway website.