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Hastings Museum creates a way to connect people

Pen Pal Program a way for people to engage with one another safely
Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 9:43 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings Museum remains closed to the public which means the staff has been much more active on social media and has been putting out more online content to engage people. Its new program is another notch in the staff’s belt.

The Pen Pal Program is a way for people to connect and interact with one another safely and take a break from the virtual component of life that so many continue to be consumed by.

Participants visit the museum’s website and sign up, they then will get mailed a profile sheet to answer a few basic questions and make the matching process easier. Kids will be matched with kids and adults with adults based on a variety of background and interests.

“It’s just a human need. We are a cultural museum, sure we have a lot of natural history, but we’ve got a lot of cultural history and almost all of that cultural history hinges on that connection of people," Becky Tideman, the Marketing Director of Hastings Museum, said.

The program has people signed up from Hastings and some out-of-state individuals. The first batch of matches and letters will begin taking place right around Thanksgiving, however the program has a rolling sign up; if you miss the first round it won’t be too late to join.

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