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For general information, memberships and showtimes, call 402-461-2399.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1286
Hastings, NE 68902

Physical Address
1330 N. Burlington Ave.
Hastings, NE 68901

You can email general comments and questions to museum@hastingsmuseum.org.

For groups, facility rentals, and other related bookings, contact Visitor Services at the number above or email bkvetensky@hastingsmuseum.org.

Staff Directory

All staff can be reached via telephone at 402-461-2399 or via email below:

Executive Director: Rebecca MatticksMarketing Director: Becky TidemanCurator of Collections: Teresa Kreutzer-HodsonCurator of Education: Russanne HoffFacilities Supervisor: Ross HeerenFinance Officer: Carla ScheiermanVisitor Services Director: Becky KvetenskyVisitor Services Representative: Lacey LurzPlanetarium Coordinator: Kirk RosbergVolunteer Coordinator & Education Assistant: Katie KarrRegistrar: Jessica NoydGraphic Designer: Curtis Gosser

Becky was born and raised in Hastings and started her career as an intern at the museum during her time as a history student at Hastings College.  She was initially drawn to museums by her professors and earned a masters degree in museum administration from Eastern Illinois University. Becky has worked as a curator, director, and educator for numerous museums and historical societies throughout Kansas and Nebraska, including Boot Hill Museum, Stuhr Museum, and the Kansas Museums Association. At the Hastings museum, Becky is responsible for everything from developing the budget and sustainability program to scheduling all of the films. As a third generation German-Russian, her favorite historical period is, appropriately, 1870-1900 Nebraska pioneer history.

Contact Becky at rmatticks@hastingsmuseum.org or 402-461-2399

As the Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Becky is responsible for almost all the printed materials that leave the museum. She promotes exhibits and builds awareness for both local and traveling audiences through advertising, public relations, the museum work site and social media.. Her job is to communicate what a jewel the museum is! Becky worked as a marketing and communication coordinator at Ameritas Life Insurance Corp and special projects coordinator for the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she earned a Masters in Mass Communications and Marketing. Becky’s interest in history is always changing based on what her kids are learning, because she is fascinated by how history looks new through their eyes. Even with her hectic museum days, Becky still considers raising her family to be her most important job.

Contact Becky at btideman@hastingsmuseum.org

Teresa has loved museums since a child on family vacations, but she didn’t become truly fascinated with history until she visited Cahokia Mounds after college and realized she could work in a museum! In her graduate studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Teresa was involved with the numerous organizations including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, which helped develop her passion for conservation and preservation. Teresa was one of two Nebraska museum professionals chosen to attend the Connecting to Collections Symposium in Washington D.C, and she is active in the Mountain-Plains Museum Association. Depending on the day, her job may involve booking exhibits or vacuuming a polar bear. Late 1800-early 1900 western settlement and Native American culture, the Civil War, and the rise of Hitler all fascinate her, but she believes history best comes to life outside the classroom and encourages all families to visit museums!

Contact Teresa at collections@hastingsmuseum.org

Russanne is originally from Seattle, and earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Washington State University. Not wanting to be a classroom teacher, she was drawn to museum studies which led her to a master’s degree in History and Public History from Arizona State University. Russanne has worked with many museums including Heard Museum, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology, Arizona State Capitol Museum, Tempe History Museum, and Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. She came to Hastings Museum in 2007 and works to create and teach programs for school children and the public, as well as develop special programs and events that coordinate with museum features. Russanne is especially fascinated by the period between 1940-1970 due to all the interesting events, people, and changes of those decades.

Contact Russanne at education@hastingsmuseum.org

 

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Jessica credits her love of history and desire to preserve the past to childhood trips with her grandmother, when she would visit old farmsteads and crumbling buildings in the countryside of western Nebraska. She saw old homes that often still had dishes in the cupboards or rolls of wallpaper stashed in a closet. As registrar, Jessica deals with artifacts like this in the museum’s permanent collection every day. She works with everything from fossils to antiques and says “there is something just as fascinating about the Jurassic period as there is about 19th century sea exploration.” She has a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Prior to Hastings, Jessica has worked with many organizations including the Smithsonian National Museum of National History, Reedville Fisherman’s Museum, Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, and Nebraska State Historical Society.

Contact Jessica at registrar@hastingsmuseum.org