Reminiscence

 

Formal Dining Room


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The carpet is custom-made and one piece (which made it a little tricky to get into the residence). You will note that the detail in the alcoves is duplicated in the carpet.

The walls are covered with a Zuber mural from Paris. Entitled "Scenic America", the mural was hand-painted with 1690 wooden blocks and 233 different colors and was designed in 1834. Pictured are: New York Bay, West Point Academy, Boston Harbor, Pipe-of-Peace dance by native Americans, Natural Land Bridge in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia and Niagara Falls. A mural just like this one was installed in the White House entryway during the Kennedy administration.

The chandeliers are hand-cut from Czechoslovakia... the chandeliers to the right and left were originally in the drawing room. Once, when the center chandelier was being cleaned, rather than moving around to clean each piece, the cleaner decided it would be easier to turn the chandelier... eventually the chandelier fell and broke. A replacement was ordered, but when it arrived it too had some broken pieces. You will notice the one piece does not match the rest... even though the chandeliers were cleaned and restrung during the restoration, we made sure that this little piece of residence history was not replaced.

The tables on either side of the windows are Petticoat Tables... note the mirrors underneath the marble-topped tables. Years ago, it was considered improper for ladies' ankles to show. Using the mirrors, they could discreetly check their skirts.

The alcoves provided a nice setting for the silver service used on the battleship, USS Nebraska. In 1907, the silver service was presented to the battleship upon its commissioning. Originally there were 25 pieces. When it was decommissioned in July, 1920, it was brought to Nebraska at the request of Governor Sam McKelvie. During WW1, the USS Nebraska made 4 voyages between the U.S. and France, transporting 4540 American and foreign troops.

Authur Smith designed the silver service to depict Nebraska as it was becoming a state in the mid-1800's. It displays the first territorial Capitol Building, Union Pacific Railroad, boats on the Missouri River, agriculture, wildlife, Native Americans, etc. It contains 1,300 ounces of silver. Originally there were 18 punch cups, but only 13 returned with the set. Governor and Mrs. Nelson Presented one cup, enclosed in a large glass case, to the submarine, USS Nebraska, at its commissioning on July 10, 1993.

The USS Nebraska submarine was commissioned in 1993 and is 560 feet long.