Monthly Archives: August 2013

Guest Post: See You at the Nebraska State Fair

My dear friend, Sarah Hartman, is the “Fun Finder.”  She enjoys life and treats it as an adventure waiting to happen.  Since our family is not going to make it to the Nebraska State Fair this year, I was excited when Sarah was willing to share her experiences.  (And she took great pictures too!)  There are three more days left to have your own adventure at the fair.  Evidently this year The Nebraska State Fair is charging admission, but most of the parking is free.

Grand Island has definitely done its part to make the fair a worthwhile experience.

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These were such tiny, adorable goats at the petting zoo.

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 Unusual animals at the Hedricks Petting Zoo.  Thinking this might be a Zebu (?).

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We loved the exotic bird show!  Very interesting and entertaining!

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They’ve done a good job with the Sea Lion show both years, but fortunately they’ve changed some things to keep it interesting for us returnees.

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The dog show was very impressive as well.  The trainer says he is the only one in the nation to work 5 dogs at one time.

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The skyline.  $3 one way – not very well located as it doesn’t really get you anywhere, i.e. save the walk.  But it looks cool!

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Lots of corny slapstick humor in this shoot-em-up, mostly family friendly western show, but they did make me laugh!

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Gotta love the free pedal tractors at the Case/New Holland booth.

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Another favorite at the fair.  (And yes, real liquid does squirt out if you have the “correct” form).

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I didn’t even get pictures of all the rest.  The birthing pavilion had a new baby lamb, lots of little piggies, chicks, and a cow soon to deliver.  The SAC museum put on a great science show for the kids.  We also watched a little of the cattle dog trials that were going on that day- very interesting to see such well trained dogs.  We missed the racing pigs and the pirate show this year.  It was too hot, but we usually walk through and look at all the animals – horses, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, etc.

We also love the (air-conditioned) exhibition halls – lots of activities at various booths for the kids to learn about agriculture and products in Nebraska.  Then there is the 4-H building with all of the prize winning entries and more fun kids activities.  Not to mention the free combine rides around the horse race track, a free shuttle that circles the entire grounds, the Midway amusement rides, a scavenger hunt with prizes, strolling entertainment, vendors, tractors, parades, concerts, and lots of yummy fair food.  There is usually way more than we can fit into one day!  But that it why we keep coming back year after year.

P.S. Thanks, Sarah, for sharing your day with us!  A note from Gretchen on another week-end activity.  Yesterday when I updated my Odyssey Through Nebraska Facebook page with Nebraska week-end activities,  I mentioned the Living History Days at Fort Atkinson that are happening today.  My friend, Nora, mentioned to me that she has been there several times in the past, and she said that the experience is amazing.   So, if you have time to go a little bit north of Omaha, their re-eanctments are highly recommended.

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Flashback Friday: Harvard, Heroes, Holmes, Hawkins, Hartley, Herbie: Huskers’ Football Humble Heritage

Harvard: Where Roscoe Pound (Lincolnite and eventual dean of Harvard Law School) first became familiar with football.  He shared his love of the sport, and Nebraskans caught on quickly.  The first game occurred on Thanksgiving Day in 1890 on Nebraska Field.    By the early 20’s, tickets continued to grow in demand.  They knew a new location was necessary.

Heroes: Official Name of the Husker Field: Soldiers Memorial Field. Originally they wanted to honor Roscoe “Dusty” Rhodes, captain-elect of the football field, who had been killed in France during WW1.  Quoting directly from the Nebraska State Historical Society “Memorial Stadium” article:

The Nebraska Soldiers and Sailors Memorial was projected to be an impressive complex with a museum, stadium, gymnasium, and an assembly room for veterans’ gatherings.

What stopped this great plan: funds of course.

Holmes: The banker who took a chance on loaning the money for the new complex.  based on citizen and students pledges, along with future ticket sales. (Hope he got a huge bonus eventually!)  Due to lack of money, the museum and gymnasium were no longer a part of the plans, so most Nebraskans may not recognize the initial concept behind the stadium.  But, thankfully there are those associated with Nebraska football who have made soldiers still be a part of the tradition: Huskers Salute (the troops!)

Hawkins: The Parsons Construction Manager who oversaw the transformation of the Huskers move from Nebraska Field (an East-West field) to Memorial Stadium.  He was one of the men honored at a big banquet following the first season.

Hartley: Hartley Burr Alexander.  A philosopher whose influence is seen in many Nebraska locations.  (More on him at a later date!)  Specifically at Memorial Stadium, his 4 quotes are found above each of the main corner entrances.

Southeast: “In Commemoration of the men of Nebraska who served and fell in the Nations Wars.”
Southwest: “Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.”
Northwest: “Courage; Generosity; Fairness; Honor; In these are the true awards of manly sport.”
Northeast: “Their Lives they held their country’s trust; They kept its faith; They died its heroes.”

Herbie did not actually make an appearance until 1974.  Artist Dirk West had designed a cartoon for the Huskers’ game in the Cotton Bowl.  Husker Sports Information Director Don Bryant decided that cartoon should turn into a mascot.  West willingly modified the design slightly, and Herbie was born.  He underwent a “facelift” for his 29th birthday including a change of hair color.  I personally miss the big old blonde guy.

Huskers: If you were a fan during the first decade, you would have needed to keep track on an almost yearly basis what to say when cheering for your team.

1890-1891 Go “Old Gold Knights” would have been your cry.  When the team’s official colors became scarlet and cream, the nickname was changed to …

The “Bugeaters” (aka insect devouring bull bats): pretty inspiring, huh?  At least that was the name that most people shouted.  But some yelled for the “Tree Planters,” “Nebraskans,” “Antelopes,” or “Rattlesnake Boys.”   Journalist Cy Sherman (Lincoln Star sportswriter & AP poll originator) decided that none of these names were right.  When Iowa seemed to be committing to be called “Hawkeyes,” Sherman snatched up their alternate name and began to call the University of Nebraska football team the “Cornhuskers.”  The name stuck.  So, go Huskers!

A picture of the original stadium before all of the additions were added (for sale on E-bay in case you are feeling sentimental or wondering what used to be.)

Obviously I need to consult many sources for this article.  Here are the links to where I found the information.  

Origin of Husker Nickname (from Huskers.com)

UNL historic buildings: Memorial Stadium

Husker Spot History  (Disclaimer: I did not appreciate the ads on this particular site, so please be aware of that possibility when you click forward.  The information was great though!)

History of Memorial Stadium (from Huskers.com)

Bonus link: my favorite football picture ever: Doc Edgerton’s photograph: “Wes Fesler Kicking a Football”

(While not of the Huskers specifically, Edgerton, inventor of the strobe light grew up in Aurora, and they have a museum there).

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Memorial Stadium: The Place (Most) Nebraskans Love to Go

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A view of Memorial Stadium from the Nebraska Capitol building.

My MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) group has made an annual trek to Memorial Stadium for several years now every August.  The tour guides are a bit perplexed by this since the kids seem rather little to want to see an athletic complex.  I am sure part of the reason is that they usually get to run out on the field.

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But even more than that, there is just excitement in the air when you are in the building.  (As a visitor anyway! 🙂 )  Seeing the state of the art equipment.  Possibly seeing players and coaches (why, hello, Kenny Bell!).  And watching the video in the screening room that shares all about Husker football.

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I could see why people who are not from Nebraska might be confused.  After all, many states have several college teams to choose from, not to mention professional sports of every variety.  If I tell a fellow Husker, I was born on a football Saturday, they get the pride in that.  People from other places might be a tad bit concerned about me.

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Am I technically alumni if I took one summer class at the University?  🙂

While they give tours all of the time, you do need to set up one in advance.  Wednesdays and Thursdays are the usual days.  The other rule that I just heard this last visit is that you cannot ask players or coaches for autographs or take any unauthorized pictures.  (And unless you happen to have a press pass, all pictures would be considered unauthorized!)  Makes sense since while we are there for fun – they are there to work.

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On the other side of this “wall” is where the players complete the “tunnel walk” on their way to get on to the field.

So, in honor of this week’s first fall football game, I definitely think that is fitting that I wrote about Memorial Stadium for “there is no place I’d rather be.” (Sorry the words are a bit blurry!)

And while I can hold my own in a football discussion, although not compared to my 10 year old, I still think I will refer any of you who want to know more about the Huskers football team to the official Huskers N’Siders blog.  They seem to know more what they are talking about than I do (imagine that).  Will you be watching the first University of Nebraska football game?  Our family will probably make it through half since we do not get the game on our tv (no cable!)  Or maybe you get to attend this week’s contest – going to the games are such a fun experience!

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P.S. I wanted to get this post to you this morning.  But I need to go start our day, so I will be adding the “place at a glance” box later!

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Wordless Wednesday: Where Were We in Nebraska

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Travel Tips Tuesday: The Best Destination

A Family on the Go Stop

My 50th blog post – I wanted to write about something significant to me.  But I will say my topic is possibly a bit unexpected for a travel blog.  Sometimes rather than seeking out the next place to explore, only one place should be your destination.  Home.

I am beginning to see more and more how important that balance is.  Seeking out new adventures while finding time to settle in at home.  Being on the go and being on the stop.  Balancing busyness and stillness.

In the weeks to come as I continue to write about our adventures and places that we have explored, I know that some people may begin to wonder.  “How does she ever find time to homeschool?”  “How does she keep leaving and not have her house be a disaster?”  (Okay – I will be honest – I definitely am behind on that part currently – hopefully we will establish a better routine on keeping up around here.)  How can she be gone all of the time?

I actually am not.  We are home frequently.  In fact, my goal this fall is to be home three out of five school days.  We will have our cooperative day, and then we will have a field trip day.  After all, this year we are studying Nebraska.   So, when we read the short story,  Journey into Christmas, by Bess Streeter Aldrich, I want to take my kids to see her house in Elmwood, now a museum, all decorated for Christmas.  I do not want to just read about prairies but to go walk through the grasses at Prairie Creek Audubon Center.  Experiential learning.  One of the many reasons we have chosen to homeschool.

But even that will have parameters.  If we are not accomplishing our work at home, that may cancel or postpone our outings. Or if just one or two are not motivated to compete their school,  I have warned that they will be sitting off to the side finishing it, while the rest of us are taking a tour.  And if they are frequently responding unpleasantly (the way they have seemed to have been this week a bit – yucky hot weather!), we will stay home.  If their reactions to me are less than desirable in private, I am not sure I want to take them out in public.  Bad attitudes can definitely take the joy out of traveling with kids.  Theirs or mine!

The great thing about writing a blog is that I do not have to mention when we had the adventure.  Just that we went there.  So, often we were going to two or three places in day, then staying home the next.  Now that our school has started our outings will slow down, but since my blog may not slow down, that may not be apparent.    I think I am ready for routine (that is once I have finished catching up from our summer of baseball and other activities.)

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Insert a picture of your own home here. 🙂

So, go out and explore.  But sometimes be quick to stay home – enjoy your own surroundings.  There will always be opportunities out there.  We have missed plenty.  But we have also gained much on those times spent at home just being.    Your front porch (or other cozy spot) is calling your name.  Perhaps lyricist John Howard Payne in his opera Clari (Maid of Milan) expressed the sentiment best.

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.

 

 

 

 

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C is for Cornhusker: A Nebraska Alphabet

With the start of school, perhaps you have a little one who is learning to read.  We have a first grader in our house who is learning to read and to put letters into combinations that make words.  A great way to do that is through using lots of alphabet books

Four years ago, when I had another first grader, we learned about the United States this way.  Through incredible efforts made by the wonderful interlibrary loan librarian, Jean, we read the “Sleeping Bear Press” alphabet book on every SINGLE state!  (That was when ILL was free – we utilized their services often for our education). The series is amazing, partly due to the incredible illustrations and partly due to the conceptualization of each state.  A four stanza line for each alphabet letter helps the book read like a story.  But if you have extra time, you can read the lengthier captions on the side for more detailed information on the topic.  (Thankfully now our library has many of the titles since unfortunately we no longer can get free Interlibrary loans, even for educational purposes!)

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Of course my favorite book is C is for Cornhusker.   Rajean Luebs Shepherd did a wonderful work that captures the essence of our state.  Here is just one of the letters to give you a glimpse into the format …

E is the early Explorers

who up the Missouri embarked

on an exciting expedition

led by Lewis and Clark.

Then by reading the caption,  you can learn more about how Lewis and Clark were a part of the history of Nebraska.  If you are lacking on Nebraska history due to possibly not growing up here (or maybe missing a bit in class), this book would be a lovely volume to get you caught up on what represents Nebraska.  Many Nebraska libraries have the book, but I would highly recommend the book to anyone who loves Nebraska, even if you are way beyond learning the alphabet!  The author has also written an additional book called Husker Numbers where she counts through the state in much the same format.  Both great books to check out!

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People Behind the Places: Nebraska Counties Part 2 (E-J)

Here is part 2 of the naming of Nebraska counties.  Will there be a part three?  Probably so, as there are so many sections of Nebraska! 🙂  I am still referencing Perkey’s Nebraska Place Names by Elton A. Perky for this information.

No “E” or “I” counties in Nebraska, but did not want to skip the poor letters!

Fillmore: This one might be easier to guess.  Millard Fillmore was President between 1850-1853.  I have to say that there is not a lot that I recall about the man as far as Presidents go, but he must have been well-liked or memorable to have a county named for him almost two decades after he was done serving.

Franklin:  Any guesses?  Benjamin Franklin of course.  Definitely a memorable name!

Furnas: Established in 1873, Robert W. Furnas was governor the time this county came to be.

Gage: William D. Gage was a Methodist minister and chaplain.  This county was actually established in 1855 – a dozen years before statehood.  Gage was one of the commissioners appointed to find the county seat.  He died that same year.

Garfield: James A. Garfield: 20th U.S. President

Gosper: Not sure I had ever heard of this county.  John J. Gosper was secretary of the state of Nebraska, probably when the county was organized on AUgust 29, 1873.  The boundaries were not defined until March 2, 1881.  Does that seem like a long time for clarification anyone else too?

Greeley: Horace Greeley, American Journalist and political leader.  He died a year after this county was established.  One has to wonder – did he ever know that a Nebraska county was named in his honor?  Not like you could send a quick e-mail or anything.  “By the way, sir, clear out in the new state of Nebraska, we like you!”

Hall: Chief Justice of Nebraska Territory in 1858, Augustus Hall.  Who also happened to be a former congressman from … Iowa? This county was initially established in 1858, but boundaries were re-established both in 1864 AND 1871.    Would be interesting to know what the disputed areas were.

Hamilton: This is one of my favorite counties as my grandparents used to live there, and I still have an aunt & uncle & cousins and their families who make their residence there.  So rather ironic that I accidentally missed this page in the book that I am referencing.  Oops!  So this was added a bit late.   Anyway, you may have guessed that Alexander Hamilton, first United States Secretary of the Treasury is the one that Nebraska honored for county 28.

Harlan: Was initially part of Lincoln County.  In 1871, a man who lived near Republican City was given this honor of  a county name.  He happened to be a revenue collector, and his until James, was a senator from … Iowa.  Not sure how Iowa had such the influence – affecting the naming of at least three of Nebraska’s counties so far!

Hayes: Named for Rutherford B. Hayes, the newly elected U.S. President, in 1877.

Hitchcock: Phineas Warrener Hitchcok, a United States Senator from … Nebraska.  (Finally someone from our state!)  He was serving in 1873 when the county was established.

Holt: An original JAG (anyone else watch episodes of that tv series?)  A judge advocate general of the army under President Lincoln.  But first Joseph Holt was postmaster general and secretary of war in President James Buchanan’s cabinet.  He was from … Kentucky?  How his name made its way to Nebraska is not immediately evident to me.  Perhaps someone saw him in action as a judge and wanted our new state to also represent justice?  Or he helped to get mail to the Nebraska Territory?  One can only guess.  Or wildly speculate.  Both of which I seem to be doing well.

Hooker: General Joseph Hooker, Union army commander in the Civil War.

Howard: Probably for General Oliver Otis Howard who was a union officer during the Civil War and commander in the Indian Wars.  Or for Howard Paul who was the son of early settlers.  If your ancestors are from the Paul family, I know which version you will believe!  🙂

Jefferson: The person is clear: President Thomas Jefferson.  The boundaries were not and continued to fluctuate with Gage County and Jones County.  This last county was eventually absorbed into Jefferson County.  So, poor Jones has been lost to history as I have no idea was Jones was (although I do know that he wasn’t a U.S. President.  He was probably a senator from Iowa).  🙂

Johnson A former vice president of the U.S. (1837-1841), Colonel Richard M. Johnson was from Kentucky.  Another state that must have had many transplants to Nebraska.

Well, I have a little boy who is up rather early today.  He was anticipating “mommy time.”  So a paint brush is calling my name.  More to come …

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A Day in the Good Life: Search Key Words on Your Blog

Today I am linking up again with a fine group of Nebraska bloggers.  I am supposed to look for common searches on my blog.  As a fairly new blogger, I am not certain that anyone actually searches for anything on my blog.  I’d like to think that people read it, but since I can only control the writing part, who knows?  The most common search on my blog was “hobby horse obsticle course.”  Yes, that is correct – someone found my blog by misspelling a word.  I panicked thinking perhaps I did not spell obstacle correctly, but I looked back and discovered that at least that time, my spelling was okay.  The other searches were just “odyssey through Nebraska.”

So, since I do not have much to go on, instead I decided to create a representation of the words that I want to represent my blog.  A friend showed me wordle several months ago, and I decided that today was a good day to try creating my own word picture.  This is what I want people to find when they search on my blog.

For a larger version of this wordle, you can go directly to the site.

To see what people look for on other Nebraska blogger sites, you can go here.


			
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Flashback Friday: Finding Amusement in Nebraska (Roller Coasters Anyone?)

Half price!  The annual homeschool day at Worlds of Fun occurred this week.  Every year I hope to take our kids, as they are getting to be the perfect age for enjoying a day at the amusement park.  But even at half price, but that still is around $100 (not including gas $) and does not exactly fit in our budget as we have other expenses coming up. The one plus is that since our kids have not experienced roller coasters yet, they are not begging to go back.

Eighty years ago I could have driven my kids down the road several miles, and they could have experienced a whole day on the midway (including riding a roller coaster) for only a quarter or two.  Did you know that Lincoln used to be the home of an amusement park?

When you see Capitol Beach today, imagining a roller coaster, midway, salt water swimming pool and expansive ball room is a bit of a stretch.  The area is still filled with lovely homes but is much quieter than when thousands used to flock there for week-end entertainment.

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A view from the capitol building of the Capitol Beach Area in Lincoln today

Evidently the lake area was the cause of some controversy through the years.  Possibly because the lake itself was created without permission when a dam was built that re-flooded the salt marsh, creating depths of 6 to 7 feet across 1,000 acres.  One would think that hiding a lake would be a bit difficult.  And a bit challenging to oppose – once the water is there, moving it would be rather hard.  But around 1920, they tried by straightening Oak Creek and draining the lake.  Yet certain people must have been determined as a new dam was built that refilled the lake, but again the did not bother with requesting this move – they just did that.  (I wonder how my neighbors would take me turning my backyard into a lake?  Good thing for them that water costs enough that doesn’t sound all that interesting to me! 🙂

From 1917 to 1961, Capital Beach was in operation.  Their initial roller coaster was the wooden “Figure 8,” and only managed to last for 11 years.  The “Jack Rabbit” wooden structure replaced that and managed to last for 18 years.  According to Roller Coaster Data Base, these were the only actual roller coasters to be a part of the park.  I am not sure if any pictures exist of the “Figure 8.”  But there are three pictures of the Jack Rabbit roller coaster in Lincoln. I do know that there used to be other rides as a part of the park, including the one that spins you around the room and flings you to the edge.  The one historian that I talked to distinctly remembers experiencing that one many times.  He is the one who recalls being sent there for the day with $.50 and having more than enough for all of the amusements.  Hard to believe that the edge of Lincoln ever attracted that much attention.  Definitely would have loved to take my kids there for the day.

Lincoln was not the only place that had an amusement park with roller coasters.  Peony Park made its home in Omaha until 1994.   Sadly, I never experienced the fun there (we usually went to the bigger parks down in Kansas City).  That must have been common sentiment as not drawing a big enough crowd was the primary reason the park closed down.  This park had a bit of a checkered past as well with having to overcome segregation struggles.  To see a wonderful collection of pictures and learn more about this past park, please visit the Omaha blog.

So, there are no more roller coasters to be found in Nebraska.  (And maybe with potential safety issues, that is okay.)  Evidently this closing of amusement parks is common – there is a whole list of defunct amusement parks from around the world.  (Peony Park made the list – Capital Beach did not).  But a few of the smaller parks are managing to hang on across the country and can be seen in the PBS documentary “Great Old Amusement Parks.”  I thought that I was providing a link to the whole show, but I guess my clip was only a preview.  If you search the title at YouTube – you can watch the parts that you wish.  The link is not cooperating, so I will give this up for today!  (And I am thinking the whole thing is about 45 minutes, rather than the 2 hours that I initially thought.  I was thinking that 1:37 meant over an hour, not over a minute.  Someday I will get technology.  Or maybe not!)

 

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Marvelous Morrill Hall (Discovery Center): Hands On Learing in Lincoln

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Yesterday for Wordless Wednesday, we were at Morrill Hall – specifically in the Discovery Center downstairs.  My kids could stay in that room for a VERY long time.  And we were probably there at least an hour and did not even begin to see half of what is contained in that room. This room is crammed with so much to see and do that I decided to use pictures to show, then adding captions to tell what you are seeing, rather than including lots of text.  Since my pictures were definitely a bit cryptic yesterday, I will start by including a complete picture of the four close-ups featured yesterday.

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Cuter than they probably are in real life!

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Reminds me of a Georgia O’Keefe photograph

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Am fine with seeing this animal mounted rather than live and in person!

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Their “tree” demonstrates the different seasons and also explains about different animals.  You can see the puppet show/stage in the background.

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You can take down a box, then illustrate what you see!  Great for those who have an artistic eye.

The remaining pictures were actually taken by my son, Zechariah.  He has decided that he may want to be a photographer someday.  So, he practiced at the museum and snapped 234 shots (not including the ones he deleted to make room on the SD card for more pictures).  He wanted me to attach them in a file for you, but I decided instead that I would just include a few favorites! 🙂  (You’re welcome!)

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You can pretend to “dig” for dinosaurs with Ashfall (located in Northern Nebraska) pictured in the background).

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Both “animals” for crawling under, not climbing on top!

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Collections to play with, and you can see just a glimpse of the puzzles and books underneath.

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Collections to observe (strangely reminiscent of a project I completed in 4th grade long ago!)

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Just outside the door – the closest I ever want to get to one of these!

If you never made it to Morrill Hall, now is your chance.  Admission is FREE tonight and next Thursday from 4:30-8:00.  For active military members, this is also a Blue Star Museum – free admission still for a few more weeks.  The rest of the museum also happens to be fabulous.  (Although I will say from a personal viewpoint, I do not completely agree with some of their evolutionary conclusions, but …) I will write more blog posts in the future on some of Morrill Hall’s additional areas.

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My little photographer

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Somehow my oldest only made it into this picture.  Another great area in the museum for another day!

Place at a Glance

Name/Location University of Nebraska Museum of Natural History (14th & Vine in Lincoln)
Website/Facebook The museum is also known as Morrill Hall; Museum on Facebook
Open hours Monday-Saturday 9:30-4;30 (Thursdays until 8); Sunday 1:30-4:30
What to Know This museum features natural and cultural history items
Cost Adults: $6; Children 5-18: $3; under 4 free; maximum cost for a family is $13; additional cost for planetarium;   UNL students & faculty are free; Blue Star Museum
Parking Free parking outside museum; must write down license plate #
Group Tours Self-guided tours are free; extra for gallery or planetarium tours
Museum Manners Many items are irreplaceable; supervision is necessary for much of the museum; discovery room is kid friendly but still requires child observation
Recommended Ages Stroller accessible; most kids and adults any age would enjoy the visit
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