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Civil War exhibit, costal reef film and deep-space planetarium show among summer fare at Hastings Museum

History buffs, space fans and coral reef enthusiasts will find their niche this summer at the Hastings Museum!

Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibit,” created by the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be on temporary display at Hastings Museum from May 26 through Labor Day. The 2,500 square-foot exhibit focuses on the relationship of Border States leading up to, during and following the Civil War.

Visitors will see the Civil War with fresh perspective, by examining not only the physical borders that separated slave states from free states, but also a wide spectrum of attitudes in those areas during that time. The exhibit features numerous artifacts, archival documents, photographs and more, as well as reproductions that allow them to try on a soldier’s jacket, feeling the weight of his pack and more. (Click here for more on the exhibit.)

“The ‘Liberty on the Border’ exhibit puts the causes, effects and meaning of the Civil War in more personal terms,” said Rebecca Matticks, director of Hastings Museum. “Civil War buffs won’t want to miss the chance to see that era in a completely different way.”

The exhibit coincides with the 150th anniversary of Nebraska’s entry into the Civil War, and the Museum is planning a number of commemorative events. A Civil War reenactment will take place Saturday, June 23, from noon to 4:00 p.m. in Highland Park, located directly to the east of the Museum. Reenactors will build an encampment and portray the daily existence of a typical Civil War soldier, including music, food and home life. A humanities speaker will further Nebraska’s Civil War experience at 1:00 and 2:30. The event will be held inside the Museum in the event of rain. (Click here for more!)

A film series is also being planned, with Civil War-related films shown in Hastings Museum’s theatre every Tuesday evening in July. Included are the films “Gone With the Wind” on July 10, “Glory” on July 17, “The Conspirator” on July 24 and “Gods and Generals” on July 31. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost only $4.50 each. Intermissions will be included during longer films.

Fans of hidden underwater worlds will love being immersed in “The Last Reef, Cities Beneath the Sea,” a film showing in digital 3D clarity in the Museum’s theatre, Central Nebraska’s biggest screen measuring 65-feet wide. Opening June 6, the film examines the dizzying bustle of sea creatures that exist in the reef environment, how this microcosm rivals mankind’s most populated regions and what would happen if they disappeared from the earth. The film is sponsored by Charter Media and Y102. (Click here for more!)

Space science and research enthusiasts will enjoy the full-dome show, “IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System,” which opens June 6 in the Museum’s planetarium. IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) is a NASA-funded satellite mission that orbits Earth and maps the boundary of our Solar System. See the sun in a different light, see what protects us from the perils of deep space and meet the team responsible for this fascinating mission. (Click here for more on the show.)

“This summer will full of engaging experiences at Hastings Museum,” said Matticks. “There is something for every age and interest, making this a terrific place to bring your family, entertain out of town visitors or build on your own interests or horizons.”

Founded in 1927, and accredited by the American Association of Museums, Hastings Museum is the largest municipal museum between Chicago and Denver. A diverse offering of educational programs, exhibits and films, as well as a rich collection of exhibits and displays, connects people to the world and the universe, and instills a greater public respect for and understanding of past and future.

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