John Dechant will sign "Joslyn Castle"

What: John Dechant will sign and discuss his book Joslyn Castle

When: Friday, May 13th at 6 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm, 2501 So. 90th St., Ste. 111
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In the spring of 1893, media titans George and Sarah Joslyn bought a farm in Omaha, Nebraska, that would prove to be one of the city’s most noteworthy real estate transfers. On this land, the Joslyns would construct a transformational home that would become an Omaha landmark known as Joslyn Castle, a Scottish baronial-style home built of limestone from neighboring Kansas. They chose their good friend, Canadian-born architect John McDonald, to design the residence, and he did so in grand style. Over the years, the Joslyn Castle has survived a devastating tornado, served as a home base for the administrative staff of the Omaha Public Schools, and charmed thousands of visitors who have come to tour the grounds. It stands today as a reminder of a bygone era and the dream of the Joslyns, who shared their home—and their wealth—with the city they loved so much.

John Dechant, a longtime member of the Joslyn Castle governing board, examines the castle and its first owners through a collection of photographs from the Joslyn Castle photograph archives and the Bostwick-Frohardt Collection at Omaha’s Durham Western Heritage Museum that help tell the property’s story from the 1890s through the present day.

Event date: 

Friday, May 13, 2022 - 6:00pm
Joslyn Castle (Images of America) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467107976
Availability: On our shelves as of last inventory update.
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - April 25th, 2022

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