Ooh-Yeah! Nebraska’s official soft drink!

Did you know Hastings is the birthplace of Kool-Aid? That wonderfully sweet flavored soft drink that kids (of all ages!) enjoy was the brain child of Edwin Perkins. You see, Perkins had a dream to become a self-employed business success – and he discovered his dream through hard work and a little ingenious marketing. Perkins created and sold many products, but in 1927 while in Hastings, he developed Kool-Aid, and the rest is history!

Hastings Museum’s Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream exhibit explores the life of Perkins and how Kool-Aid became an international cultural icon that’s still relevant today.