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Governor Ricketts recognizes Nebraska museums

Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation marking the day as Museum Day across the state.
Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation marking the day as Museum Day across the state.(KSNB)
Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 9:32 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Governor Pete Ricketts recognized Nebraska museums on Monday. He signed a proclamation marking the day as Museum Day across the state.

The Governor said museums play “a vital role in helping us better understand the animals, plants, natural history, and cultural past of Nebraska.”

Grand Island’s Stuhr Museum has been teaching people from all over the world about Nebraska’s history for more than 50 years now.

“The museum actually started many years before that as the Hall County museum,” Director of Marketing and Communications Karen Buettner told Local4 News. “It’s kind of our goal to bring the history of this area to life.”

They’re able to help bring history to life with their railroad town, which gives people a first-hand experience.

“This year it’s 1891 so when you visit us it’s like you’re actually going into a town in 1891,” Buettner said. “You get to see what it’s like and see the sights. It’s a lot of fun.”

Buettner has been a part of the Stuhr Museum pretty much her whole. She started participating in the museum’s classes when she was four and has been working for the museum since high school.

“This place is just special to me,” she said. “I grew up not too many miles from the museum’s physical location and so a lot of the history we portray here is what my family actually went through. So I feel a very person connection to this place and I want to share it with everybody.”

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