Writing about Nebraska’s part in World War 2 has been a part of upcoming blog post plans. But I had to accelerate the timing due to the fact that I found out the Nebraska History Museum is closing this formerly permanent exhibit.
Photo taken directly from Nebraska History site
Now they have their reasons, and they are pretty good ones. Due to increased funding, they are doing some restructuring. Here is the official announcement that I received in an e-mail from the Nebraska State Historical Society. (No, I did not receive special notice – I am simply a part of their e-mail list! 🙂
“What Did You Do in the War? Nebraska in World War II” will close to the public on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Artifacts in the Nebraska History Museum exhibit in Lincoln will be stored away and exhibit components disassembled as the museum prepares for a major infrastructure renovation funded by the Nebraska Legislature. The museum at 131 Centennial Mall North ( 15th & P Streets) in Lincoln is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:30 p.m. Closed state holidays. Admission is free.
A variety of resources about Nebraska in World War II is available on the Nebraska State Historical Society website, including articles from Nebraska History Magazine, veterans’ stories, photographs, a newspaper aimed at 4th-graders, a teacher’s guide, and more. Visit www.nebraskahistory.org and type World War II into the search box.
We actually used many of the Nebraska State Historical Society’s resources to have our own “Living out World War 2 in Nebraska” day last spring. In an upcoming post, I will share what our family did to learn more about those who lived here during the mid-century war. For now, I simply wanted to encourage you to check out this great World War 2 exhibit. This area has been a favorite one for my kids to explore every time we visit. Hopefully we will make it back one last time before the display is gone.