The Kenfields

Howard & Harvey Kenfield’s Story Set in Stone

The Kenfield’s

Born in 1928, twin brothers Howard and Harvey Kenfield did everything together. They were drafted into the Korean War at the same time, served in the same regiment, returned to their hometown, got married, started work at the same local manufacturing plant, and began collecting rocks and artifacts in their spare time. In 2000, the Kenfield brothers donated their amazing collection for display, with the stipulation that it remain in Ogallala.  (Please see the memorial tribute to the Kenfield brothers at the foot of the page.)

The collection contains ancient woods, gemstones, fossils, and Native American arrowheads and artifacts. Some of the most unique items include artwork and music boxes constructed of petrified wood pieces.
Visitors to the Gallery will also see displays from visiting artists, and exhibits on loan from other collectors., including an arrowhead collection on loan from the Pete Peters family, and a contemporary Native American art collection on loan from Fr. Art Faesser. The gift shop features artwork, hand-crafted jewelry and other treasures from local and regional artists. Please call with any questions at 308-284-9996.

IN MEMORIUM: Howard Kenfield passed away March 3, 2023, three days shy of his 95th birthday. Harvey passed away 63 days later, June 5, 2023.  Please enjoy a wonderful tribute to the Kenfield brothers and their collection in the Nebraska Stories video below. Obituaries for Howard and Harvey Kenfield are below.

A Story Set in Stone

The charming folk art of the Kenfield brothers. Ninety-three-year-old twin brothers Howard and Harvey Kenfield have been avid collectors of fossils, arrowheads, and petrified wood since the 1950s. For 50 years, the twins created intricate sculptures out of petrified wood that are all on display at their gallery in Ogallala. These soft-spoken twins will charm you and their art will wow you.

Howard M. Kenfield

March 6, 1928 — March 3, 2023

Howard M. Kenfield, of Ogallala, passed away 3 days shy of his 95th birthday, on March 3, 2023, at Great Plains Health in North Platte.

Howard was born on March 6, 1928, along with his twin brother, Harvey, in Albion, Nebraska, to John and Ella (Fritzen) Kenfield. He graduated from Brule High School with the class of 1946.

Howard Kenfield

March 6, 1928 — June 5, 2023

Harvey J. Kenfield, age 95, of Ogallala, passed away peacefully at his home on June 5, 2023.

Harvey and his twin brother Howard were born on March 6, 1928, at Albion, Nebraska, to John and Ella (Fritzen) Kenfield. Harvey graduated from Brule High School in 1946. The call of duty followed shortly after, and Harvey was drafted into the US Army, where he served in Korea.