"Twas The Night Before Jesus Came"

'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house Not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care In hopes that Jesus would not come there. The children were dressing to crawl into bed. Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter. I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY! The light of His face made me cover my head It was Jesus! returning just like He had said. And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself. In the Book of Life which He held in His hand Was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame. The people whose names had been written with love He gathered to take to His Father above. With those who were ready He rose without a sound. While all the rest were left standing around. I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate. I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight; Oh, if only I had been ready tonight. In the words of this poem the meaning is clear; The coming of Jesus is drawing near. There's only one life and when comes the last call We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

written by Unknown Author

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Section Premieres – 70s to Today

New Section Premieres – 70s to Today

Farming in the 70s
Too often, we think of history as "100 years ago, or at least 10 years ago." But history actually began 10 minutes ago. A lot has changed in the last 40 years, and a new section of the Web Site explores those changes in rural America. In the left hand navigation pane, you'll find a new button that will take you to the new section. These were tumultuous times. A farm boom in the 70s led to a bust in the 80s when many over-extended farmers lost their livelihoods and their land. Those who were left were forced to get bigger or get out. Those who made it finally achieved parity in income with their urban neighbors. This was a time when ag technology made astounding discoveries in genetics, machinery and computers. Pesticides became more sophisticated and, ironically, some consumers started demanding food without chemicals. In pop culture, rural America was portrayed as either a nostalgic refuge from modern life or as a threatening place filled with sadistic perverts. And farmers began raising fuel in addition to their traditional crops for food and fiber. Farming in the 1970sWhen you enter the new section of the Web Site, just click on one of the thematic buttons across the top, and then follow the stories in the left hand navigation.

2011 Event Calendar

The schedule for the 2011 season of special events at the Wessels Living History Farm has been set. It includes a wide range of family and educational events. The admission price for visiting the farm and special events is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for senior citizens and $2.00 for children. The farm can also be rented for parties, reunions, weddings and other special events. Call Dale Clark for details at 402-710-0682.
  • Sunday, July 17 – Model A's on the Farm from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 14 – Living History Day from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2 – Tractor, Engine and Vintage Auto Show from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
  • Saturday, October 1 – Barn Dance with music by the Kramer Sisters from 4:30 p.m. to Dark.
  • Sunday, October 23 – Boo on the Farm from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. December 10 through Fri. December 23 – Christmas on the Farm from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Recognized! Outstanding Tourist Attraction in Nebraska

The Wessels Living History Farm has been named the "Outstanding Tourism Attraction" in the state by the Nebraska Travel and Tourism agency. The annual award is given to a Nebraska tourist attraction that has worked toward the continued success and growth of it community and the tourism industry in the state. The Farm has increased its annual attendance at the physical site to over 8,000 visitors a year. Visitors have come from 49 states and 21 foreign countries. Memberships have grown to over 200. There are now nine buildings on the Farm site south of York. And the Farm's educational programs have kept the Farm open six days a week for seven months with a full schedule of special events during the other months. In addition, this Web site has now reached over 6.1 million visitors from all over the world. They have read through over 11.2 million page views, and the site's movies have been viewed over 1.2 million times.
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The Wessels Living History Farm Web site was also recognized as one of the "one of the best online resources for education in the humanities" by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). In 2007, a panel of reviewers voted to include this site on EDSITEment, a gateway to the highest quality humanities-related educational content on the Internet. We have more about this honor here. This recognition prompted the Omaha World Herald to say we are "A Virtual Must-See." In addition, we continue to receive messages from folks across the country who are using the content and learner resources we offer. We've got excerpts from some of these e-mails here. It's heartening to know that the material we're working hard to provide is being used and appreciated – by 6.3 million visitors like you since 2003. Thanks!