Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Trip Down Nebraska's Memory Lane

So yesterday we decided to try out the Nebraska History Museum for the first time.  (Okay, not my first time, but it's probably been 15 years at least!).  There is no admission fee, just a suggested $2 donation which we were happy to make.  We were there for probably an hour and a half, and Elliott truly enjoyed himself.  I could have stayed much longer and really examined the items on display, but with both kids, that's not exactly a highlight.  Anyhoo...

My initial disclaimer about this visit is that it was not the most "kid friendly" activity.  There were some amazing displays that I just had to gloss over as I'm not quite prepared to discuss WWII with my 4 year old and  he certainly is not interested in Willa Cather. 

There was a really great Inspiration Station for the kids that we really enjoyed!  A teepee to get in, a covered wagon to load and a pioneer town to build.  As you can see, they were both entertained. 

Unfortunately just outside the kids room was a large display regarding racial intolerence in Nebraska.  I sweat being there with Elliott was like Forrest Gump's view of history.  As he sees the two KKK uniforms he loudly remarks "Look at those old scary ghost costumes!" 
Forrest Gump Quotes
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now when I was a baby, Mama named me after the great Civil War hero General Nathan Bedford Forrest. She said we was related to him in some way. What he did was he started up this club called the Ku Klux Klan. They'd all dress up in their robes and their bed sheets and act like a bunch of ghosts or spooks or something'. They'd even put bed sheets on their horses and ride around. And anyway, that's how I got my name, Forrest Gump. Mama said the Forrest part was to remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well, just don't make no sense.

But by the time our visit was over, Elliott was truly enthralled!  We got to see what our homes would have looked like living in different time periods, and remind him that there was not always the luxury of TV, computers and radio.  A point that really rang home when we had no power for 2 1/2 hours last night!
He absolutely loved all of the Native American artifacts and talked Josh's ear off about the headdresses and weaponry.

So kids or no kids, put the Nebraska History Museum on your "To Do" list. 
Enjoy your trip down Nebraska's memory lane. 

Also on a side note...Morrill Hall has free admission on Thursday evenings from 430-800pm the rest of the month of August, so we'll be there every week.  Hope to see you there!

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