St. Joseph Church, Tobias, NE

The golden cross atop the white steeple over the treetops in the village of Tobias Nebraska is visible for miles around. The white-clapboard Gothic-Revival design is a familiar site in many small towns across the Midwest, but the treasure of this building lies inside. On the eastern end of the church beneath a pointed-arch ceiling sits a high altar installed in 1913. The centerpiece of the altar is a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague dressed in a white, gold-adorned garment in a red cape. The revered image, in this and many Czech-Catholic churches, raises His right hand in supplication and holds a blue orb (the Earth) in the protection of His left hand.