Press Releases

Stuhr Museum's Railroad Town has been named the "Best Preserved Pioneer Town - Re-Created" for 2018 by True West Magazine! This is the second time Railroad Town, Stuhr's 1890s Living History Community, has won this recognition from True West, whose readership stretches across the country.

From the warmth of a stove in a beautiful, historic home to the live music carried on a cold wind outside the Rural Church, Christmas Past and Present at Stuhr Museum invokes all the best feelings of the holiday season. This year’s event will run December 2, 8, 9 & 10 with a “Member’s Only” night on Friday, December 1.

The Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team is pleased to announce its 14-game 2018 Schedule alongside the Indoor Football League’s 2018 Schedule.

The Nebraska State Fair High School Rodeo and Showcase was awarded Rodeo of the Year by the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) at its annual banquet in Kearney on November 4.

This summer, more people than ever before traveled the scenic roads of Nebraska to get stamps in their Nebraska Passport booklet. A record-setting 465 participants submitted Passports with all 80 stops stamped, compared to 168 in 2016 and 81 in 2015.

Stuhr Museum is proud to be hosting two classes the weekend of November 4 & 5 taught by our artists from Railroad Town! These classes are Blacksmith 1 and Family Tinsmithing.

When the Stuhr Building reopened in the summer of 2015 after 18 months of renovation, it was the culmination of years of work for the architects involved, On Saturday, October 28, on the occasion of several major awards for their work, the architects who restored the "Gem of the Prairie" will speak to the public about the challenges and rewards of renovating our historic structure.

Stuhr Museum is proud to welcome the annual Grand Island Art and Sketch Club back to the Stuhr Building for their 50th year of exhibition. This year's show runs from October 14 - November 12 with a free reception from 2-4 pm on Sunday, October 15th.

The first and biggest Halloween event of the season is upon us as All Hallows Eve returns to Stuhr Museum October 13 & 14. The festivities run from 6-9 p.m. each night with the new “Haunted Field” opening at 7 p.m.

A special reception to honor 50 years of Stuhr Museum featuring the artwork of Grant Reynard will be held from 6-8 pm Thursday, October 12th at the Stuhr Building. The reception is celebrating the exhibit "Grant Reynard: 50 Years at Stuhr" which opens Sunday and runs through November 12.

Stuhr Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23rd as part of Smithsonian Magazine's 13th annual Museum Day Live! event.

Help ring in the fall with one of Stuhr Museum's most popular events, the Harvest Festival Fair, Saturday and Sunday September 16 & 17.

The Nebraska State Fair’s 2017 attendance reached 379,108, which was 4.98% over
last year totaling just over 18,000 additional fairgoers. The number is the highest since
the State Fair moved to Grand Island in 2010 and even exceeds the 2009 figure in
Lincoln when folks said goodbye to the old fairgrounds.

The Nebraska State Fair is all about family focused fun, and it’s true again this year with Wade Shows on the midway—It’s like an amusement park on wheels. Throughout the grounds, there’s free entertainment, stage shows and strolling entertainment. It is guaranteed good fun.

Stuhr Museum is honored to be part of the 2017 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island and we will be bringing games, exhibits and, of course, “CoJack” the License Plate Buffalo with us. The Nebraska State Fair runs Aug. 25 – Sept. 4 and we will be there all 11 days.

Stuhr Museum is hosting a celestial event thousands of years in the making.

The “Gem Over the Prairie” Eclipse Viewing event will begin when the gates open at 8 am on Monday, August 21st to provide the perfect venue for viewing the Solar Eclipse beginning at 12:58 pm. This event is free and open to the public and thousands of people are expected to attend.

The Nebraska150 Celebration’s “Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum” will be at the Nebraska State Fair August 25 through August 27 from 11am to 7pm each day. Admission is free.

The pounding hooves of those magnificent Draft Horses, boys and girls competing in the High School Rodeo, the sounds and fast paced action of the Cowboy Mounted Shooters, and hundreds of 4-H and FFA kids, are just a few of the things you will see at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

Stuhr Museum is giving kids a taste of school life in the 1897, complete with lessons in reading, math, art, etiquette and rece

With all the entertainment, rides and games—the food, shopping and commotion, it’s sometimes easy to forget that agriculture is at the heart of the Nebraska State Fair.

More than 100 cars will line the streets of Stuhr's 1890's Railroad Town during the "Nebraska Rod & Custom Car Show" from Noon - 4 pm Sunday, August 6th.

Stuhr Museum has been nominated for USA Today's “10 Best Readers' Choice travel award contest.” We are competing against 19 other Nebraska attractions to make the top 10, which will be published in USA Today. In order to move up the rankings we need people to vote for Stuhr and we're calling on our friends to help.

The Nebraska State Fair and Vision Productions, Inc. announce the winners of the 2017 Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search Preliminary Video Contest and winners of local Participating Partner Talent Searches, who have qualified to advance to the Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search Semi-Finals at the Nebraska State Fair on Saturday, September 2nd from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Contestants compete live on the Bristol Windows Stage at Fonner Park in Grand Island in Three Age Divisions, Comets, Shooting Stars and Novas.

As a kick off to Stuhr Museum's 50th Anniversary weekend, the Masonic Templecraft Association will redeciate the corner stone of the Stuhr Building during a ceremony at 2 pm on Friday outside the Stuhr Building.

The haybales are set, the hoses are ready and the mud hill is bigger than ever before. It's time for the 6th annual Prairie Sludge Trudge at Stuhr Museum!

Us the Duo will open for Pentatonix at the Nebraska State Fair on Saturday, August 26
at 8pm. Tickets are available for $40 plus gate and fees at and at the
Heartland Events Center box office.

One thing is for certain, Fair Food remains in the top three reasons that people come to the Nebraska State Fair.

Known as the fastest flattest course in the nation, the Pump & Pantry State Fair Marathon has grown into a premier event with over 1,000 runners and counting. This year’s event starts at 6:30am on Saturday, August 26th.

Stuhr Museum is celebrating 50 years of operation on Sunday, July 30th and we're inviting everyone to help us celebrate. The museum is open on Sunday from Noon - 5 pm.

The second annual Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic at the Nebraska State Fair is set with a full roster of teams from Nebraska high schools as well as NAIA college teams.

Stuhr Museum is proud to announce the "Painting the Legacy of Nebraska" exhibit, which is now on display in the Stuhr Building.

The Stuhr Building has been named one of the winners of the 2017 Modernism in America Awards by Docomomo, an organization dedicated to highlighting the diversity of important modern buildings and sites throughout the United States.

With processions, speeches, military tributes and more, Stuhr Museum's 1890's Memorial Day Celebration is everything you want from a holiday outing. This year's event runs from 10 am - 5 pm Monday, May 29th in Stuhr's 1890's Railroad Town.

Platinum-selling and six-time No. 1 hit singer/songwriter Cole Swindell will perform in the Heartland Events Center at the Nebraska State Fair on Sunday, September 3, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now at the Heartland Events Center Box office or at Individual tickets are on sale for $30 plus gate and fees. Pit tickets are on sale for $50 plus gate and fees.

This summer, make Grand Island your Friday evening live music destination. Hear Nebraska and Knife & Fork Productions are pleased to announce the performance lineup for the 2017 Hear Grand Island concert series, happening every Friday evening this summer from June 2-Aug. 4 at Railside Plaza, 224 W 3rd St.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will perform in the Heartland Events Center at the Nebraska State Fair on Saturday, September 2, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now at the Heartland Events Center Box office or at Tickets are on sale for $10 plus gate and fees.

Everyone is invited to Stuhr Museum's "Visitor Appreciation Day" from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. As a special “thank you” for Hall County’s continued support the museum is throwing open our gates and letting everyone enjoy all the museum has to offer.

For one month only, Stuhr Museum is conducting a Membership Drive where our memberships are discounted and you receive the benefits all year!

Celebrate Nebraska’s birthday, visit a haunted attraction or shop in some of the state’s cutest town squares, all of this can be done while collecting stamps in the 2017 Nebraska Passport. The annual campaign, which encourages travelers to explore the state while gathering stamps and earning great prizes, starts Monday.

Kicking off the 2017 Nebraska Tourism Serves season will be an event this Friday and Saturday at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitors Center, near Grand Island.

Stuhr is inviting everyone in Hall County to support student artists on Sunday, April 23rd as we host a free reception for the Hall County Student Art Show. The reception will run from 1-3 pm in the Stuhr Building.

Classic Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform in the Heartland Events Center at the Nebraska State Fair on Friday, September 1, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now at the Heartland Events Center Box office or at Tickets are on sale for $31 plus gate and fees.

Critically acclaimed country singer Brad Paisley will perform outdoors at the Nebraska State Fair on Friday, August 25, starting at 7:00pm. Paisley will be joined by country artists, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, and Lindsay Ell. Tickets will be available starting at 10am Thursday, April 6 at the Heartland Events Center Box office or at Ticket prices are $55 for general admission and $90 for Pit.

Christian pop duo for KING & COUNTRY will play at the Nebraska State Fair on Thursday, August 31, at 7:30pm. Reserved seat tickets are on sale now for $6 plus gate at the Heartland Events Center Box office or at Nebraska State Fair Fan Club tickets are also available for $30 and include premium seating, Fan Club pin and credentials, no lines, no waiting and an official Fan Club tote.

Releasing a string of hits that kept him in the Top 10 for 16 straight years, Ronnie Milsap will headline Older Nebraskan’s Day at the Nebraska State Fair with a single concert on Wednesday, August 30, at 2pm. Reserved seat tickets are on sale now for $6 plus gate at the Heartland Events Center Box office or at Nebraska State Fair Fan Club tickets are also available for $30 and include premium seating, Fan Club pin and credentials, no lines, no waiting and an official Fan Club tote.

Pentatonix, the Grammy Award-winning a cappella group from Arlington, Texas will perform Saturday, August 26 at 8pm at the Nebraska State Fair. Tickets, available this Friday (March 24), are $70 for pit and $40 for general admission plus gate and fees.

The Nebraska Tourism Commission is pleased to announce the stops that will be in the summer 2017 Nebraska Passport.

The top two scoring offenses in the first week of the IFL season will meet in the second week as the Wichita Falls Nighthawks travel to Grand Island, NE to take on the Nebraska Danger. Kickoff for Saturday is scheduled for 7PM at the Heartland Events Center.

Every child is royalty for an afternoon during Stuhr Museum’s popular “Prairie Princess Party,” Saturday, February 25, from 1-4 p.m. This event will be held at College Park, 3180 W. Highway 34, across the street from Stuhr Museum which allows more room for little princesses to have the time of their lives.

Stuhr Museum is proud to welcome dozens of local and regional artists as the 29th annual Wings Over the Platte art show and sale opens today.