The Nebraska History Museum's Last Tour
Last week, two of the Nebraska History Museum's docents made a bit of history. As they each led a group of elementary school students through exhibits focused on the First Nebraskans and Building the State, they gave the very last school group tours that would be offered in the Museum prior to its closure for renovation. It's the end of an era, but the newly renovated Museum (which has a planned reopening in 2016) will be even more valuable for generations of Nebraskans to come.
But, of course, the NHM closure isn't going to stop the museum's staff from offering educational opportunities to the children of Nebraska. In fact, they haven't slowed down one bit!
As part of the NHM's "Museum on the Move" program, presentations and educational experiences will be offered to school groups at the Nebraska State Historical Society HQ building, located at 1500 R Street in Lincoln. These sessions will be led by the same engaging docents that have educated Nebraska's youth for years and will cover one of a variety of topics, such as First Nebraskans, Pioneers, or Pony Express!
The NSHS HQ will also play host to Free Family Fun Days and Hours at the Museum, both of which are free and open to the public!
Nebraska History Museum staff will also be leading tours for older groups of students through the Nebraska State Historical Society's library and archives, with emphasis on special historical themes and topics and the use of primary sources. The general public is also still welcome to visit the NSHS Library (located in the HQ building) Tuesday-Friday, 10 am - 4 pm and Saturdays from 8 am - 5 pm.
Finally, the Nebraska History Museum is working with the Great Plains Art Museum (located at 12th and "Q" Streets) to bring a national touring exhibit to the people of Nebraska. "Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War" will open in early February, 2015 at the Great Plains Art Museum. NHM docents will conduct tours of this exhibit, which will be shown at only four venues across the country!
So, while they keep busy, you should, too! Join in the fun and we will see you at all of the Museum on the Move events!