In Fremont you can immerse yourself in the arts, historical societies, museums and other cultural endeavors in a way that is often not possible in larger metropolitan areas. In this open and welcoming community, you can satisfy your creative impulses more easily. Yet, just minutes away in Omaha, metro-scale arts, entertainment and shopping are at your fingertips.
Dating to December 14, 1888, when the Love-Larsen Opera House debuted with its first performance, Fremont has had a passion for cultural pursuits. This ornate five-story building was considered one of the finest buildings in the state, with a seating capacity of 1,100. In 1975 it became the first building in Fremont to join the National Registry of Historic Places and today, after a multi-million-dollar restoration, it is again serving the community as a cultural gathering place.
Nearby, an old Post Office built in 1894 for $60,000 is a rare example of a Romanesque style used only twice in the United States. The other is in Washington, D.C. Today, the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce occupies the building along with a number of other organizations devoted to community development. In an upstairs gallery the Chamber honors town founders and business people who have contributed to the city’s growth and success of the years.
Other notable architectural sites include the Louis E. May Museum, which was built by Fremont’s first mayor, Theron Nye, in 1874. It is a 25-room mansion now housing the collections of the Historical Society for Dodge County. It is a wonderfully preserved gem with art glass windows, exceptional tile work, large mantles and beautiful paneling of oak and mahogany.
Other magnificent examples of 19th and early 20th century architecture line the streets of downtown as well as residential neighborhoods.
Fremont also has a flourishing arts community as well as an art association, which was organized to promote appreciation and development of visual arts. The art association has done public arts projects designed to get people to interact with art as well as nature. It also operates a gallery in downtown Fremont that features local and regional artists.
Midland University, a liberal arts undergraduate campus with an emphasis on quality and personal attention, inspires students to learn and lead. With a robust fine arts college that features visual and performing arts programs, Midland students and faculty enrich our entire community with their regular performances, displays and enthusiasm. Recently, Midland has become the summer home for the nationally acclaimed Young Americans who host a performing arts camp for high school students.
With at least 500 men and women athletes participating, Midland student-athletes compete in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, GPAC, a part of the NAIA. Midland competes against other comparable colleges such as Morningside, Briar Cliff, Hastings, Nebraska Wesleyan, Northwestern and Dakota Wesleyan.
During the warm summer months you can enjoy cold lemonade at outdoor concerts in a city park near downtown Fremont. And in July the city celebrates its heritage with John C. Fremont Days, a three-day event featuring concerts, a parade, a classic car show & shine, re-enactments and street vendors. Of course, there are county fairs and other celebrations that continue throughout the summer.
Some days, however, you may simply want to enjoy yourself at one of Fremont’s seven movie theatres. Movies and popcorn can cure a lot of ills. Later, you can grab some dinner or desserts at one of Fremont’s bistros or family-style restaurants. The Chamber has a handy community events calendar at www.fremontne.org.
Retail thrives in Fremont, providing residents with not only the necessities but also those special luxuries that keep a person smiling.
Privately owned shops dotting downtown, as well as the Fremont Mall, offer everything from specialty gift items, crafts, fashionable clothing, books and antiques. There are also a wide variety of trusted national names that provide all the conveniences.
Spend a day shopping in Historic Downtown Fremont and you’ll discover dozens of businesses that provide a unique shopping experience: men’s and women’s clothing, sporting goods, gift shops, coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants are just a few places to visit. Even casual observers will appreciate a stop by a nationally recognized quilt shop, Country Traditions, where enthusiasts from around the globe are schooled in the art of quilting.
Fremont is proud to be known as Eastern Nebraska’s Antique Capital with six great shops, each with their own special offerings. The antique stores provide a seemingly endless collection of antique collectibles, antique furniture, antique pottery, rare books and more! You never know what kind of treasure may be hiding in one of these antique stores!
Anchored by JCPenney, Gordman’s and Hy-Vee, the Fremont Mall is a one-stop shop that provides an array of retail opportunities: health and beauty, cards and gifts, men’s and women’s fashion apparel, a nail salon, sporting goods, automotive and specialty health stores. The seven-screen theatre presents the latest Hollywood releases complete with buttery popcorn.
Take some time to explore Fremont and you’ll discover that it holds a unique and memorable shopping experience for all!
Fremont is all about an easy, but life-enriching lifestyle – more time and more opportunities for you to be involved.