MOSAIC’s Bethphage Village Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places; Plans Centennial Festival

The Mosaic at Bethphage Village campus in Axtell was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register nomination recognizes founder Reverend K. G. William Dahl, the mission’s vision to serve people with disabilities as valued members of society, its tie to Nebraska’s Swedish immigrants and the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and for its unique Swedish National Romanticism architecture.
In the early 20th Century, Rev. K.G. William Dahl witnessed the neglect that children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities received in large institutions. He convinced 54 people to give $1 each to establish the Bethphage Inner Mission Association in 1913. With the start-up money, Pastor Dahl rented and renovated four homes in Axtell. On June 29, 1914, the first four guests arrived. Within a year, the ministry had grown to include 40 guests and 20 workers, and a new setting on land north of Axtell.

Centennial Festival
June 28 & 29, 2013

Mosaic will host a Centennial Festival June 28 and 29 in Axtell. This event will include activities on the campus at Mosaic in Axtell on Friday, June 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The festivities will continue with a Friends & Family Day at Mosaic in Axtell on June 29. All events are free and open to those who wish to visit the campus to see the buildings and celebrate Mosaic’s 100 years.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Registration for events is required by this Friday, June 21. To register to attend the events and find additional details about Mosaic’s centennial celebrations, visit or call 308-743-2401.

Schedule of Activities
Friday, June 28
Mosaic at Bethphage Village, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
• Memorial at Bethphage Village Cemetery
• Guided tours
• Blessing at Home Tabor
• Time capsule ceremony
• Anniversary cake reception
• Musical entertainment
Younes Conference Center, Kearney, 6:00 p.m.
• Dinner and Keynote Presentation by Jim Fruehling, Ph.D.

Saturday, June 29
Mosaic at Bethphage Village, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
• Friends and Family Day – Through the Years
• Kingdom Party at Zion Chapel
• Ice Cream Social
• Parade of Homes
• Musical Entertainment
• Afternoon Picnic

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