Digital Newspaper Archive


As of August 19, 2022, the newspaper database appears to be working normally again.  If you experience any problems, please report these issues to library staff at 402-759-3416.


Newspaper Digitizing Project
In February 2018, the five libraries throughout Fillmore County came together to accomplish a major goal: to digitize all historical newspapers from Fillmore County, and have the full text searchable database available to the public by March 2021, in celebration of the county's 150th anniversary.

As of February 20, 2020, the database offers full-text searchable images of Fillmore County newspapers published between 1872 and 2018, and available by following this link:

Approximately 280 unique rolls of microfilm were identified to digitize, as well as two distinct sets of newspapers in fragile condition which have never been microfilmed.  This covers newspapers dating back to 1872, and includes newspapers from Exeter, Fairmont, Geneva, Grafton, Milligan, Ohiowa, Shickley, and Strang.

The initial costs of digitizing and updating the newspaper database have been met through the generous donations of sponsors listed below, there will be annual costs associated with adding the next year of newspaper images.  All donations will be recognized on the library websites. Donations are tax deductible within the extent of prevailing laws.

To make a donation of any amount, simply fill out the form available here. Checks should be made to the Geneva Public Library Foundation. Please mail your payment, along with a completed form, to any of the Fillmore County Libraries listed on this form.

Moving forward, a two year waiting period will be observed between publishing date of the newspaper and when it appears in this database. 
Pile of Nebraska Signal newspapers.
Major Sponsors
The Earl and Jessie Wilkins Fund, a donor-advised fund managed under the Fillmore County Foundation, has pledged to match all donations on a two-to-one basis, up to $24,000. Over the last few years, the Earl & Jessie Wilkins Fund has taken steps to enhance the lives of Fillmore County residents by awarding grants to various organizations. The advisory committee of the Fund and the Fillmore County Foundation believe digitizing the newspapers of Fillmore County will preserve historic artifacts that are central to the narrative of this area.

The Mary F. Tous Charitable Foundation has awarded the project $6,870.  

The Shickley Community Foundation has awarded the project $3,500.
Organization and Business Donor Recognition
  • Milligan Community Club, $1,500
  • Fillmore County Genealogical Society, $1,000
  • Fillmore County Historical Society, $700
  • Geneva Public Library Board of Trustees, $500
  • Fairmont Public Library Board of Trustees, $200
  • GFWC Fairmont Woman's Club, $100
Individual Donor Recognition
  • Anonymous donor, Exeter, NE
  • Robert and Sandra Bettger, Fairmont, NE
  • In memory of Marilyn Christiancy, by Larry and Diane Heath, Geneva, NE
  • John and Judith Dinneen, Exeter, NE
  • Stephen and Julie Kramer, Cromwell, CT
  • In memory of Evelyn Mersch, by John Hofferber, Geneva, NE
  • Virginia Sammis, Berthoud, CO
  • Jim and Bea Snodgrass, Fairmont, NE