Henry Fonda — the talented Academy Award winning actor — was born in Grand Island on May 16, 1905. His birth cottage is preserved at Stuhr Museum. Grace & Edith Abbott, two of the most respected & influential women of the Twentieth Century, these ‘Sisters of Social Justice’ were born, raised & buried in Grand Island. The international corporation ConAgra began in Grand Island as the Glade Flour Mill in 1884.
Nebraska’s largest televised parade established a 1996 Guinness record for the most marching bands in a parade, 130 bands. They march through downtown Grand Island and then compete at Grand Island Senior High School.
"Grand Island is the #1 place in the world for bird-watchers," according to Forbes FYI, a supplement to Forbes Magazine. Each spring (mid-February to early April) 500,000+ Sandhill Cranes, 14-16 million ducks & geese, plus hundreds of indigenous & migratory birds descend on the Platte River.
The Washington Post called Stuhr Museum "one of the top 12 living history museums in the country." Good Housekeeping magazine ranks it “as one of the top 10 places to relive America’s past.”
Railside continues to rock. The Hear Grand Island concert series returns in 2017.
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer recently completed a $7 million dollar restoration of the Edward Durell Stone building that anchors their property.
The people of Grand Island represent the true make up the community. Meet some of the characters of the city in these interviews.