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Louise Schleich and her late husband, Jerry, started with a $40 pantry jar and built their collection into the Schleich Red Wing Pottery Museum in Lincoln, Neb. That museum’s 5,000-plus pieces are now in Red Wing.

Nearly ‘100 percent’ Red Wing

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A Nebraska couple with a passion for Red Wing pottery and stoneware accumulated more than 5,000 pieces over 30 years and turned their collection into a museum in Lincoln.

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But Louise and Jerry Schleich knew that Nebraska was only a stopping place.

“Jerry always said he wanted it to come home to Red Wing,” said Larry Peterson, president of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation and project manager for the new museum.

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