Portrait by famed Nebraska artist to be donated

September 25, 2018

Dwight Kirsch (1899-1981) was a famous Nebraska artist who was born in Pawnee County Nebraska. At the height of his popularity in the early 1950’s, Kirsch was a guest speaker of the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club.

The Kiwanis members were surprised and entertained when Kirsch selected club president Tyler Ryan, a local Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph executive, to be his subject for an impromptu water color rendering of Ryan’s portrait. That portrait has remained in the Ryan family nearly 70 years.

After a visit to the Johnson County Historical Society museum, Robert E. Ryan, was so impressed that he recommended to his family that the portrait of their father be donated to the museum.

The presentation of the portrait to the museum will be on Oct. 4, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The museum is located in Tecumseh at the corner of Third and Clay.

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