Community Works exhibition opens at the Plainsman Museum

The museum is one of ten across the country collaborating with the Smithsonian
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 2:12 PM CDT
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AURORA, Neb. (KSNB) - The Plainsman Museum officially opened up a brand new exhibition Tuesday morning in collaboration with the Smithsonian called “Community Works”.

The exhibition is comprised of photos, text and artifacts throughout Hamilton County’s history and looks at manual labor and work overall over the course of the 150 years.

“We think about work as something that’s part of us and it really is,” Bruce Ramsour, a volunteer for the museum said. “It’s something that’s important to us and work through time, although some techniques, technology has changed, the work itself, I mean having work as part of our being has always been there.”

The Plainsman Museum is one of 10 museums across the country that is involved with “Community Works”. The project was meant for small-town museums that have a story to tell. Museums had to apply and show how they would piece the exhibition together and answer the “who, what, where, when, why and how” of the area’s history.

“It gave us a chance to say, ‘well maybe we should look at ourselves a little bit differently’ and when you see the results of telling your story a little bit differently you get excited about the story all over again,” Executive Director Tina Larson said.

The exhibition will be up throughout the month of April and will reopen in September.

Hours are Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for kids 16 and under and kids are five are free.

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