Fourth of July celebration to look different at Stuhr Museum

Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 5:02 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) -After 40 years of tradition, the Fourth of July celebrations at the Stuhr Museum will be looking a lot different this year due to gathering restrictions. The museum has been open to the public for about two weeks now and they’re happy to have people back. The Fourth is normally a big holiday for them and they’ve had to change a lot of their plans due to COVID-19 concerns.

“We have a new exhibit in the Stuhr building,” said Director of Interpretive Resources Kay Cynova. “We’re not going to be doing any of the special programming this year due to not being able to have the large gatherings and having a lot of people in close proximity to each other. It’s just safer for everyone this year.”

Many of their holiday plans include large gatherings, so they have had to put them on hold for the year. There will not be a parade, contests, anvil launch or other demonstrations. The museum will still be open with most of their houses open for people to explore. Even with the limitations the museum said people can still have fun this weekend.

“There’s a lot of things they’ll be able to visit and interact with our interpreters,” Cynova said. “We unfortunately had to put some of our hands-on things away for this year. But we’re already thinking of ideas that we can do in the future.”

Since they can't have the German language church service, the Hall County Historical Society recorded it and will be sharing it on the museum website. People can also see videos of a shortened parade the interpreters put on through Facebook. Museum staff said the hardest part of the limitations is not seeing as many kids get excited about their programs.

“It’s kind of a little heartbreaking to not be able to do that because it’s so much fun with the public coming out and celebrating with us on the Fourth of July,” Cynova said.

Staff remain hopeful for the next phase of reopening the state and what it could mean for their programs.

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