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(Neb.) - “Journey Stories” to make Nebraska debut in Kearney, to Alliance in 2013

By: John Thayer Posted at: 05/11/2012 08:58 PM

The Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition “Journey Stories” will make its Nebraska debut June 1-July 15 at the Trails & Rails Museum in Kearney.

The exhibition, presented in the state by the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC), explores how transportation and migration helped build our nation. Images, audio and artifacts tell the many journey stories of America across its history and the great transformations brought by the railroad and the automobile.

“The ‘Journey Stories’ exhibit has something for everyone,” said Mary Yager, NHC associate director. “Visitors can read ‘The Prairie Traveler: A Handbook for Overland Expeditions,’ published in 1859, with its tips on what to wear on the trail and suggestions for success in marches and fording rivers. Young people can see how early car and air travel looked, and everyone can experience the ‘Trail of Tears,’ to get a sense of how Native Americans were treated in the westward push of newcomers.”

Operating hours during the six-week exhibition at the Trails & Rails Museum are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Beginning June 9, each Saturday will feature a special event highlighting a theme of the exhibition, including the museum’s popular annual Wagons West event June 23.  

After leaving Kearney, the “Journey Stories” exhibition will continue to travel across the state, stopping at the Lincoln County Historical Museum in North Platte July 23-Aug. 25, the 100th Meridian Museum in Cozad Sept. 1-Oct. 6, the Washington County Historical Museum in Fort Calhoun Oct. 15-Nov. 17, the Madison County Museum in Madison Nov. 25-Dec. 31, the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln Jan. 7-18, and the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance Jan. 28-March 8.

Each museum will develop its own exhibit and programming that relate to their local stories of migration and transportation.  

“Journey Stories” is made possible in Nebraska with support from Union Pacific, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, State of Nebraska, The Nebraska Rural Radio Network—KRVN, KTIC, and KNEB, Brown Transfer Company, and The “We the People” initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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