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Home of Olympian Brad Vering

Brad was raised in Howells. He graduated from University of Nebraska Lincoln - Wrestling NCAA Champion, He participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and in 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China as a Greco Roman Wrestler-184 lbs.(84kg).

Howells Ballroom

The Howells ballroom was recognized nationally in the early 1900’s as one of the best dance halls. The current steel structure was erected in 1964 with a 50 x 100 ft. dance floor and booth seating for up to 500 people.

The Howells Ballroom Foundation operates the facility which has a large snack bar and two large wet bars where pop, mixed drinks and beer are sold. The use of the ballroom has been made available to the community for festivals, celebrations, and wedding receptions. For more information or to schedule an event, please contact Manager, Rhonda Bartling at 402-986-1757 or 402-649-0369 or e-mail: rhondabartling@yahoo.com

Donations can be made to Howells Ballroom Foundation, PO Box 97, Howells NE 68641-0097. 

Historical Museum

Located on the corner of 2nd St. and Center is the Howells Historical Museum. Started by members of the First Congregational Church of Howells, the museum offers many artifacts and documents the history of Howells and the surrounding area.

The original Congregational Church, one of the oldest buildings in Howells, is now part of the museum, located at 112 N 5th. A highlight of the museum is the saloon located in a section of the building which was originally a saloon and beer distributing company. The museum is managed by the Howells Historical Society, and is funded by donations. The museum is a great place to discover the history of Howells.

Public Library

There are many items available at the Howells Public Library (Phone: 402-986-1210) including:

  • Books, audio books, videos, DVD’s
  • Computers with free internet access
  • Summer Story Hour in June for those children pre-school age to 3rd grade
  • Readers Group for children in 4th - 6th grade
  • Microfilm reader with Howells Journal Archives,1894 to present.
  • Copier, laminator
     
    Hours Open:  Monday 2 - 6:30 PM;  Wednesday 9 AMA - 2 PM, 4 - 9 PM; Friday 2-5:30PM; Saturday 9- Noon

Prairie Winds Wildlife Sanctuary

This is a natural habitat acreage situated on private property. It is located at the east end of Center Street and is used for nature study, educational classes, bird watching, observing the annual monarch butterfly migration and simple relaxation. Visitors are welcome, pets on leash.
For information, tour appointments, or other arrangements, please call 402-986-1517.

Howells Park

There are two parks in Howells that offer a variety of things to do for young and old.

  • WWI Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park
  • Camp facilities with electrical hookups and restroom facilities
  • Lighted tennis courts
  • Swimming pool
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic shelter with grills
  • Horse arena

Howells Tourism

For more information regarding tourism in Howells, view the following brochure.

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