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Community Invited to Learn More about the Martin Brothers’ Story

The Hastings Museum is hosting a free program called “Some Escape, Some Don’t” on Saturday, September 28. This evening will include the dedication of the newly installed Martin Brothers’ statue, “A Narrow Escape”; an opening of a new exhibit in the East Gallery, Crime & Punishment: Police Around the World; and a book signing for Monty McCord’s new book, The 1931 Hastings Bank Job & The Bloody Bandit Trail.Becky Matticks, Museum Director, said this evening is a direct result of the interest, excitement, and inquiries the statue has generated since its installation on June 17.

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Artwork from the cover of Dave Biehl’s soon-to-be published booklet, The Martin Brothers.

“The statue draws people into the Museum. They’re so impressed that two arrows from the attack are actually a part of our collection,” she said.

Matticks said the dedication of the statue pairs perfectly with the new exhibit and book signing because all of the events deal with issues of justice and escape in historical settings.

During the dedication, Rhonda Pauley, Hastings Museum Foundation President, will thank Fred Bosselman as the donor of the statue. She’ll also acknowledge several area businesses that donated materials or services.

The dedication and program will be held inside–instead of outside near the 7-foot statue–to make use of the Museum’s large-screen theatre. “Dave Biehl, the sculptor, is going to share photos of the statue as it went through the sculpting and casting process. It’s really interesting,” Matticks said.

Biehl will also share the story of the Martin Brothers and provide details about the day of the attack. His research on the topic has led him to write a booklet about the historic incident. (See artwork above. Biehl’s booklet may be published in time for it to be available at the dedication.)
Curator of collections at the Museum, Teresa Kreutzer-Hodson, will put the attack in context by explaining more about law enforcement in the West in the late 1800s. She’ll cover what was going on across Nebraska at the time, and in surrounding states. After the program she’ll be in the Main Gallery giving guests a chance to see the actual arrows up close.


Cover artwork from Monty McCord’s newest book.

The final speaker in the Theatre is Monty McCord providing an overview of the Museum’s new temporary exhibit, Crime & Justice: Police Around The World. A retired law enforcement officer and avid collector, McCord is generously sharing his collection of police memorabilia for the East Gallery’s latest exhibit. Museum staff have added to his collection of badges, caps, and uniforms by researching some of Hastings’ most notable historic crimes.

At 8:15 p.m. in the East Gallery, McCord will be available to sign copies of The 1931 Hastings Bank Job & The Bloody Bandit Trail. He’ll be available all evening to answer questions about the exhibit and his newest book.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required for the dedication and program in the Museum’s Theatre. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and the dedication and program begin at 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Walk-ins are welcome for the exhibit opening at 8 p.m. and the book signing at 8:15 p.m. To make a reservation call 402.461.4629. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays. For this special event, the main floor of the Museum will stay open until 9:30 p.m.

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