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Member Celebration June 9!

Hastings Museum is preparing for its annual Member Celebration on June 9. The event will feature the local premiere of National Parks Adventure, the high-profile film released to coincide with U.S. National Parks Centennial. The celebration also will feature activity stations provided by the National Homestead Monument, a component of the National Parks Service in Beatrice, Nebraska.

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“We are so excited to bring this film to central Nebraska,” said Rebecca Matticks, Director of the Hastings Museum. National Parks Adventure is narrated by Robert Redford and had its world premiere in February at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. The film is an action packed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service.

“The power of America’s national parks is undeniable, and this film really communicates that,” Matticks said. “You soar over red rock canyons and hurtle down steep mountain peaks. The footage is beautiful.”

The film premiere is the cornerstone of the Museum’s Member Celebration which also includes a catered meal from event sponsor, Murphy’s Wagon Wheel; an exhibit spotlighting the 130th anniversary of the Dutton-Lainson Company; Treasures from the Vault, a station where Museum curators bring out artifacts not normally on display; the debut of Sunstruck, the Museum’s new planetarium show; and a collaboration with staff from the National Homestead Monument.

Parks Forrest

Giant sequoia trees grow in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park, California. Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Barbara MacGillivray | ©VisitTheUSA.com

She added, “We are so pleased to be working with Homestead National Monument. You can’t talk about the National Parks without a ranger on hand. Their staff will present an introduction before both showings of the film and provide hands-on activities for kids and families.”

Ramon Mangual, Homestead National Monument of America’s education specialist, provides programs and classes both at the monument to thousands of school children, as well as distance learning programs to classrooms all over the country–and even the world!

Parks Yellowstone

Steam rises from the Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Brad Ohlund | ©VisitTheUSA.com

“I work on programs that help tell the stories of the thousands of people who rose to the challenge of claiming millions of acres of land under the Homestead Act of 1862. When I heard Hastings Museum had an authentic cabin from that era, I knew I had activities to share that would tie in with their exhibits,” Mangual said.

Over 400 National Park Service sites can be found in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. Nebraska is home to five National Park Service areas: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Missouri National Recreational River, Niobrara National Scenic River, Scotts Bluff National Monument, and Homestead National Monument of America.  The National Park Service looks forward to another 100 years of protecting and preserving America’s most special places.

Hastings Museum Member Celebration is Thursday, June 9, 5-8:30 p.m. The meal will be served from 5-7 p.m. National Parks Adventure shows in 2D at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required for the film. Reservations are required for the celebration by June 6. If you are not currently a Member, family memberships start at just $55. Sunstruck, the new planetarium show, will be offered at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. during the celebration. Call 402.461.2399 to make your reservation.

Parks Canyon

The steep slopes and red rocks of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Barbara MacGillivray | ©VisitTheUSA.com

National Parks Adventure opens to the public at the Museum in 2D on June 10. It shows daily throughout the summer and into the fall. To kick off its opening weekend, the film also will play in the evening on June 10-12. See HastingsMuseum.org for showtimes. Tickets are $6 for children ages 3-12; $8 for adults; and $7 for seniors age 60+.

More about the movie: Filmed in more than 30 national parks across the country, this immersive film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres follows world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb, and explore their way across America’s spectacularly wild and beautiful places–including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite and Arches–revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us. Shown in full glory in giant screen theatres, National Parks Adventure celebrates the majesty of our national parks and treasured landscapes while highlighting the importance of protecting them. Produced by MacGillivray Freeman. This film is sponsored locally by NTV and nationally by Expedia, Subaru, VisitTheUSA.com, and MacGillivray Freeman Films. Run time is 43 minutes. Trailer

More about the exhibit: Open now through Labor Day in the Museum’s temporary gallery is Dutton-Lainson Company: 130 Years of Progress. The exhibit showcases how technological and social transformations have affected manufacturing businesses through the years. The exhibit features photography, informational panels, and numerous artifacts including saddles and horse collars, as well as vintage advertisements, oil cans, and awards won by the company.

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