This year the event will be held Saturday, September 23, beginning at 8:00 p.m. While traditionally the event is held earlier in the month, holding it later will offer a variety of constellations not viewed by visitors in the past. Inspired by Mrs. Jasper (Ella) Ware’s love of astronomy, in addition to the modern telescopes that will be set up, her Antique Yeats & Sons 1850's telescope made in Ireland will be on display and visitors may look through it at the moon. The Wildwood House was originally owned by the Jasper A. Ware family, he being a banker in the community. Ella became interested in astronomy on her trip to Utah when her Father's horse drawn conveyance followed ox teams for safety; one of the drivers pointed out the stars to her. Mentioned in her memoirs from that journey, Arcturus may be viewable during the event.
Held on the Wildwood Golf Course just south of the Wildwood Historic Center parking lot, the staff is asking visitors to please turn off their car lights before entering parking lot as the lights blind the people near the telescopes and makes viewing difficult. Set up is at 8:00 to allow for some daylight. This is a free event, open to the public, and will last until all guests are gone. Presenting itself as a great family event, even in its fifth year, it will not be just the same old event. This means if you attended last year, your experience this year will be completely different this time around.
One great example of this is an artifact collected from the Benefiel Fire this past January. The propane tank from a fork lift, the tank’s safety features failed when exposed to the extreme heat and it exploded. Does it belong in a museum? After all, it isn’t old. Torn completely open, it provides a great example of the dangers of modern firefighting. Covered with suit and charred, some of the museum’s volunteers thought that it should be scrubbed down to be more presentable. However, doing so would erase the visible affect of the explosion and damper the tank’s significance both historically and in telling the story of the risks that firefighters take when entering a burning building. Currently, the volunteers are working to create an exhibit talking about the modern dangers of firefighting. With luck it will be completed by AppleJack weekend.
A great time to see the display and support the Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting is by attending the Fire House Grill. An annual fund-raiser, the Grill is held from 11:00 – 2:00 on the Saturday of the AppleJack Festival, September 16. Held at the Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Department Fire Station, all proceeds from the lunch assists the museum with its operating expenses and creating new displays.
IF YOU GO
Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting
1320 Central Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
Hours; Wednesday- Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm
Arbor Day Weekend thru October
Admission; Adults $3.00, Children (4-12) $1.00
Nebraska City residents receive free admission with proof of residency.
The Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Center is no exception. Initially holding their annual two-day event commemorating the first time that the expedition passed through the Nebraska City area presented the same challenges that the expedition itself faced; excessive heat. Moving the event from the third weekend of July to the second weekend in September commemorating the return trip allowed for more suitable conditions for an outdoor event. This year the Center’s “Reunion” event will be held September 9 and 10. Featuring living history demonstrations and speakers, the commemoration is the Center’s annual big event.
Likewise, the Center decided to commemorate the birthdays of expedition’s two Captains with a birthday party, of sorts. Fortunately both men were born in August; William Clark was born August 1, 1770 and Merriwether Lewis on August 18, 1774. Held as a Business-After-Hours in conjunction with Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce, the event will be held from 5:30 – 7:00, on Thursday, August 17. While featuring the traditional refreshments and birthday cake, at 6:00 Eugene Lanning will present a talk on what to expect for the upcoming full lunar eclipse on August 21.
Both of these events are great opportunities for the family to learn more about the expedition’s men and the impact the journey had on our country. Whether it is during the events or just visiting the Center on your own time, if you are a Nebraska City resident the family can enjoy the Center for free.
A primary source of operational dollars comes from membership programs. It is a vehicle which allows individuals, families or businesses to become a part a museum’s ‘family’ while also providing much needed funds for the museum’s operations. Unlike larger institutions where membership is a way for an individual or family to reduce their admission costs with repeated visits, such as a zoo, members of smaller organizations are not looking for what they get back financially. Most museum members have a personal stake in the organization; perhaps their interest in the museum’s topic area or past family ties to the museum or some of its donated collections.
Others become members for social reasons. Particular museums offer ‘member only’ experiences, socials or ‘sneak peeks’ for new exhibits. It is not uncommon for a membership group to be a of a museum’s volunteer organization as well. No matter how they are structured or what they offer, museum membership programs are a vital part of an organization’s operations, both financially and as a volunteer base.
A great time to meet the members and board of the Nebraska City Historical Society is at their ice cream / dessert potluck social at the Nelson House, 711 Third Corso. The event is planned for Saturday, August 12, from 1:00 to 3:00, and is open to the public.
Participants are asked to provide a dessert, home-made is optional. The ice cream, table service and water will be provided. This will be a great opportunity to see the Nelson House and find out if you would like to become a member in the Society.
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