Eat & Peek
Eat & Peek is a free monthly program offering Museum visitors an opportunity to get up close and learn about rarely seen treasures from the vaults of Hastings Museum or a subject with close ties to Hastings or the region.
Held on the second Tuesday of each month, Eat & Peek begins at 12:15 and wraps up about 12:45 – perfect for those on a lunch hour. (Feel free to bring your lunch!)
Reservations are not required.
Note: Not able to make it to Eat & Peak? They are recorded and played back on Hastings Public Access, which is Charter cable channel 12, every Saturday at 5 p.m. Click here for the most current schedule.
William Jennings Bryan: Nebraska’s Colorful Orator
Who knew that the baby boy born 153 years ago would grow up to become one of the more colorful figures in Nebraska history? William Jennings Bryan was a determined man, leading a path into the history books by becoming a lawyer and taking on politics, Darwinism, prohibition, and more. During this Eat & Peek, we will take a close look at Bryan’s life and his ties to Nebraska, and learn why he was called the Boy Orator of the Platte. We’ll also see political memorabilia from his campaigns and a monkey skull sent to him during the Scopes Trial.
Ice Age Fossils of Nebraska
Following in the gigantic footsteps of our new film, “Titans of the Ice Age”, we will be looking at the Museum’s own collection of Ice Age animal fossils. Scott Heath, Paleontologist and the Museum’s Finance Officer, will be discussing the lives and habits of the mammoth, saber-toothed cats, and other lesser known Pleistocene critters. We’ll also be examining what Nebraska looked like during the Pleistocene and why these animals are no longer around. Specimens from the Museum’s collection will be on hand for an up-close look.