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2018

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Opening Reception for Looking Past Skin: Our Common Threads

Date: Friday, January 5, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit, Looking Past Skin: Our Common Thread. This exhibit highlights the history of migration in Nebraska from pre-history to the present. It also serves as an introduction for many people to the newest Nebraskans. Discover more about the Karen, Sudanese, Yazidi, Vietnamese, Latino, and Somali cultures.



Join us to view this exhibit and see Karen dancers perform a traditional dance in traditional clothing. Refreshments will also be provided.

Design by Anna Sousek

Free Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Learn about Japanese culture through origami and calligraphy

Listen to a music performance by Wataru Niimori at 3:00 p.m. in the Blackman Auditorium

Read Japanese children's books in the Read Aloud reading nook

Enjoy a mini tour of Looking Past Skin: Our Common Threads exhibit

Brown Bag Lecture Series - Century-Old Time Capsule Exposes Forgotten NU Histories

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

On May 12, 2014, the Avery Hall cornerstone on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus was chiseled open to retrieve the time capsule inside. This capsule contained a collection of objects that summed up the Department of Chemistry as it was in 1916. Here was the sole copy of a biography about Dr. Rachel Lloyd, America's first female PH. D. in Chemistry and UNL's second chemistry professor. She was instrumental in bringing the sugar beet industry to the state of Nebraska. Learn what his time capsule added to UNL's rich history.

photo by Jim Lommasson

Exhibit Opening and Artist Talk

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Hear artist Jim Lommasson speak about his work in What We Carried: Lincoln, an exhibit that tells the story of the Yazidis in Lincoln, Nebraska

Amir Hasan

First Friday Opening Reception

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

View the new exhibit What We Carried: Lincoln, a collaborative photo storytelling project of the Yazidi community and photographer Jim Lommasson.

Enjoy Yazidi music at 5:30 p.m. 

Noon Bites

Date: Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Hear Melissa Marsh, author of Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Prisoners in the Heartland give historical context to the sailing ship made by a German POW while serving time in Nebraska. 

Brown Bag Lecture - Freedom North: Uncovering the Civil rights Movement in Omaha

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

What did the black freedom movement of the 1960s look like in Nebraska? Patrick D. Jones, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at UNL, will draw on artifacts from the Great Plains Black History Museum to answer that question and explore the civil rights era in Nebraska's largest city.

Free Family Fun Day: Polish Culture

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Learn about Polish culture, history, and traditions with our second Free Family Fun Day of the year!

At this event you and your family will: 

  • Enjoy Polish storytelling
  • Create Polish crafts
  • Hear traditional Polka music performed by John Szalewski
  • Learn from Larry Molczyk about the Polish Americans who settled in Central Nebraska

This Free Family Fun Day is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. It is also a collaboration with The Polish Heritage SocietyPolish Home Omaha, and Polish Heritage Center in Ashton.

Then and Now: Travel and Transportation

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

 

Geography has always guided the movements and histories of people. The location of rivers, passes, valleys, and mountains encouraged or discouraged travel. Resources made people decide where to move and stay. Emily Houck, Nebraska Panhandle Conservation Director, will show how the geography of Nebraska affected our nation's history.

Join us at the Ethel S. & Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center for a free lecture as part of our Sunday Afternoon at the Rock 2018 series! The program begins at 1:30 pm and lasts an hour. Call ahead in case of inclement weather

Community Dialogue

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Midwest Museum of African Art

Join in a community dialogue with Koang Doluony, founder of the Omaha Talons Academy and Seth Mock, founder and President of The Midwest Museum of African Art.

Mr. Doluony founded the Omaha Talons organization to fill a vital need for youths in the South Sudanese diaspora community in Omaha, Nebraska. Using sports as a vehicle, he advocates for education, healthy food access, and empowerment of the community to advance the opportunities for young people. He instills responsibility, accountability, and work ethic in his daily mission.  Many of the young people he works with have gone on achieve incredible feats and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

The Omaha Talons strives to empower and motivate Omaha area youth, specifically South Sudanese immigrants and refugees, and improve leadership, citizenship, health and their educational skills by providing a safe, positive environment with mentorship and community support.

This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. 

Can We Take the Elevator to the Top?

Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

 

Chimney Rock is a very common name for landmarks. While we like to think of ours as the most famous, there are a LOT of Chimney Rocks around the country. Some of them are even famous in their own right. Loren Pospisil from the Chimney Rock Visitor Center will talk about these multiple Chimney Rocks and share some stories of public confusion.

Join us at the Ethel S. & Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center for a free lecture as part of our 2018 Sunday Afternoon at the Rock series! The program begins at 1:30 pm and lasts an hour. Call ahead in case of inclement weather.

Digital Preservation Assessment Workshop

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Calling all representatives from libraries, archives, museums, and area cultural heritage institutions!

The Nebraska History Museum will be hosting a workshop run by LYRASIS consultant Leigh Grinstead intended to introduce digital preservation strategies and techniques to area institutions. If you've been looking for information on the basics of digital preservation (not digitization), then this is perfect for you!

Participants will gain:

  • An understanding of the challenges of digital preservation and the ways that assessment can make those challenges more manageable.
  • Knowledge of the steps of digital preservation assessment.
  • The tools to perform a basic digital preservation assessment of your own collections.

Sounds like something that's right for you? Register Here!

Nebraska Historic Preservation Conference

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 9:15am to Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 4:45pm
Time: 9:15am to 4:45pm
Location: Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus

Spend the day gathering ideas, solutions and inspiration to restore and preserve older homes and buildings. The Nebraska Historic Preservation Conference, March 2, at Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus. Costs is $50 with discounts for Restoration Exchange and Nebraska State Historical Society members. Registration opens February 2. For more information go to http://www.restorationexchange.org/events/preservation-conference/

Witness the Weird!

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Get a behind the scenes look at the secret places we keep 151 years worth of the odd, strange, and unusual.

Artifacts and oddities include:

  • The Blud-Rub
  • The "My Dream Doll" of nightmares
  • William J. Bryan's portrait inside a pig's rear-end
  • A shotgun gopher trap

Other activities will include a reenactment of the Pioneer Zephyr train cutting its own birthday cake and a some music played on a Wiebe hand-crafted violin. Families will also be able to hear Nebraska stories in Read Aloud stations on all three floors of the museum, take a look inside one of our traveling historical trunks, and see how archeology is like a puzzle.

The Mormon Trail and What it Means Today

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

 

All 16 of Jack Whittier’s great-grandparents passed by Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff, as they crossed through the North Platte Valley on the Mormon Trail. Whittier, director of the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff, will speak about how the westward migration of early pioneers along the Mormon and Oregon trails contributed to the settlement of the west. He will discuss the culture and stories he’s heard all his life and that have become all more real to him since moving to Scottsbluff.

Join us at the Ethel S. & Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center for a free lecture as part of our 2018 Sunday Afternoon at the Rock series! The program begins at 1:30 pm and lasts an hour. Call ahead in case of inclement weather.

Noon History Bites

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

The use of pottery was a technological breakthrough, protecting food from the elements and allowing it to be stored longer. Nebraska State Historical Society Highway Archeologist Nolan Johnson will talk about one specific restored pot from Platte County, the site it came from, and where it fits in the larger picture of Nebraska archeology.

Community Dialogue

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Join members of the Lincoln Yazidi community, the largest in the United States, for a conversation at the Nebraska History Museum. Learn about their rich culture and history through a discussion curated by Hadi Pir and Laila Khoudeida, co-founders of the Yazda Cultural Center. Ask questions, learn new things, and make new friends!

Introduction to Genealogy

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

 

Have you ever wondered how to find out more about your family’s history? Floyd Smith, Director of the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center, will help to get you started and tell about the resources available at their center. With today’s tools and resources, genealogy is getting easier and is a lot of fun.

Join us at the Ethel S. & Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center for a free lecture as part of our Sunday Afternoon at the Rock 2018 series! The program begins at 1:30 pm and lasts an hour. Call ahead in case of inclement weather.

Sunday at the Neihardt Center: Churches and Schools in Rural Communities

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: John G. Neihardt Historic Site

 

Sociologist Dr. Paul Campbell will discuss how the roles of individual school districts and parish churches change as rural small towns either diminish or increase in size throughout the years.

Hour at the Museum

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

School is out this week, so what better time to go beyond the textbook and learn about some history? The Nebraska History Museum is offering a special hour-long event that offers kids the chance to hear excerpts from an immigration story, participate in a fun crafting project, and discover a fascinating museum exhibit.

Brown Bag Lecture - Japanese Nebraskans in the North Platte Valley, 1900-Present

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

The North Platte Valley Japanese community has been around since 1900, yet most have lived almost their entire lives under that radar. They could not become U.S. citizens until 1952 when most were 50 and older. Few Nebraskans know about these immigrants and their experiences in this state. Now is the time for their stories to be included in Nebraska’s history. Sandra Reddish, Nebraska State Historical Society Historic Sites Coordinator, will be telling their story.

Free Family Fun Day: Irish Culture

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Learn about and celebrate Irish culture on St. Patrick's Day!

Enjoy a traditional performance by the Lincoln Irish Dancers at 2pm. Create Irish related crafts and hear Irish stories.

How Geography Helps Us Understand Disasters and Epidemics

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

 

Epidemics and calamity have affected human history in myriad ways: demographically, culturally, politically, financially, and biologically. Humans have never known a time in history when epidemics did not loom large. Emily Houck, Nebraska Panhandle Conservation Director, will show how geography has caused calamities and affected human health.

Join us at the Ethel S. & Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center for a free lecture as part of our Sunday Afternoon at the Rock 2018 series! The program begins at 1:30 pm and lasts an hour. Call ahead in case of inclement weather.

Community Dialogue

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Join Pa Naw Dee, co-founder and President of the Karen Society of Nebraska, for a presentation and community dialogue. The Karen Society of Nebraska's mission is to help refugees and immigrants from Burma to build and sustain a high quality of life and to achieve self-sufficiency in the state of Nebraska.

This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. 

The Plains Tribes and the Homestead Act

Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

 

Many tribes inhabited the immensity of The Great Plains, interacting with their environment, neighboring tribes, and European explorers and trappers for centuries. However, the two decades prior to the American Civil War and the two decades following the Civil War brought tremendous changes due to increased tensions in the East and legislation enacted in Washington – the Homestead Act of 1862. Nancy Gillis will examine why these changes occurred and how the tribes were affected by looking at changes in foods, clothing, housing, family structure, gender roles, land control, and political relationships.

Join us at the Ethel S. & Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center for a free lecture as part of our Sunday Afternoon at the Rock 2018 series! The program begins at 1:30 pm and lasts an hour. Call ahead in case of inclement weather.

Design by Anna Sousek

Science Cafe-After Hours Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Recovering Nebraska’s Indian Boarding School Past: The Genoa School Digital Reconciliation Project

Panel Discussion led by UNL Professor of History Margaret Jacobs

The Genoa School left a lasting impact on families. Come learn about the personal and historical impact of Indian boarding schools, the Genoa Foundation, and efforts at ethical digitizing of Indigenous historical materials.

This is a partnership with the University of Nebraska State Museum 

Noon History Bites

Date: Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Molly McPherson, UNL Ph.D. candidate and lecturer in the Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design program, will present an informative talk about textiles, their makes, and the women who wore them. McPherson will focus specifically on the two women’s formal gowns on view in the Nebraska History Museum's Nebraska Unwrapped exhibit.

Free Family Fun Day: Welsh Culture

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Hear "Tales from Wales" with Welsh storytellers

Enjoy Welsh music

Play games and enjoy Welsh crafts

Sip on tea and indulge in traditional Welsh tea cakes

This event is in partnership with St. David's Welsh Society of Nebraska

Brown Bag Lecture: Can Fiction Teach Facts?

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

 

Armed with a Master of Historical Studies degree from Nebraska Wesleyan, award-winning Nebraska author Stephanie Grace Whitson's career spans over two decades and has produced twenty-two full length historical novels, three historical novellas, and numerous non-fiction works. She will call on her experience as both a novelist and historian to discuss the advantages and inherent dangers of using historical fiction as a basis for teaching and learning history.

2018

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