Cottage Project

Major Donors

  • Grand Lodge of Nebraska
  • Nebraska Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star
  • The Past Grand Masters of Nebraska
  • L. Paden
  • H. Prentice

Project Pictures & Videos

Paden Cottage Opening

On January 3, 2018 Paden Cottage opened with the first six children moving in!

It’s been a long construction cycle but the outcome is fantastic! The girls each have their own room with a private bathroom, a study desk and plenty of room to grow and become the person they are meant to be.

A big thank you from the Director, his staff, the children and the Board of Directors of the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children to all the wonderful donors that helped us make this vision a reality!

Special thanks to MWB Ivan Vrtiska for designing a wonderful building that feels like a cozy, welcoming HOME!

Online Giving Option

Using the button below, you can now make online donations to Project Century Cottage with any major credit card! Just click on the link and fill in the required information.

Be sure to indicate in the vendor notes this donation is for the cottage. Your gift may be one time or automatically month to month.

(A PayPal account is NOT needed to use this service and it is secure.)


For other giving opportunities such as naming rights, furniture & house needs items, please contact Ron Giesselmann, Director.

Project status updates

PROJECT UPDATE 21 October 2017

The Board of Directors Tours Paden Cottage

Paden cottage living room Paden cottage dining area Paden cottage hallway to rooms Paden cottage kitchen area Paden cottage dining area

PROJECT UPDATE 5 October 2017

Pouring the front drive for the cottage and parking.

Paden cottage frontdrive Paden cottage parking

PROJECT UPDATE 21 September 2017

The cottage is getting close to completion!

Paden cottage cornerstone Paden cottage cornerstone Ched and Ruby House Lane Ched and Ruby House Lane


Roof and shingles just in time for the rain!

Paden cottage roof

PROJECT UPDATE 30 April 2017

The cottage continues to grow and take shape!

Paden cottage concrete work


The first walls are going up today on the new cottage! This is another major step forward for the construction of the cottage!

Paden cottage concrete work

PROJECT UPDATE 9 February 2017

The concrete floor is going in! This is another major step forward for the construction of the cottage!

Paden cottage concrete work Paden cottage concrete work

PROJECT UPDATE 9 December 2016

The footings and walls are being poured and soon the framing will start! This is a major step forward for the construction of the cottage!

Paden cottage concrete work Paden cottage concrete work

PROJECT UPDATE 29 October 2016

Lee Paden and Ched House Paden Cottege Basement Dig Paden Cottege Basement Paden Cottege Basement

The plans are done, the contracts have been signed and the first steps of construction on the new Paden Cottage are in action! Contractors began digging on the new cottage site for footings and basement which are the first steps in moving toward our goal of a new cottage.

The funding for the project is still being collected and the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children would be grateful for any donation amount you would like to share with us. Use the link on this page or send in a check! (The M-ESHC is a 501(c)3 organization)


On July 16th the Children of the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children, the Board of Directors and the Easter Star celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Paden Cottage!

This is the next big step in this exciting project and we hope to be digging a much bigger hole soon!

Pictures of the groundbreaking ceremony are at the link in the left column.


The plans and specs for the Century (Paden) Cottage are nearly done. The picture above is of the outside elevations for the cottage. The cottage is being done in the Prairie House style which will blend well with the current architecture on campus.

The Cottage will have room for 8 children, 2 apartments for house parents, a 4-H Room and plenty of space for the children to spread out and relax.

Fund raising has been going well but we still need your donation to help with this project. Please consider using the donation button above to support this wonderful project.