Press Releases

  • 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 Etix.com. 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 Etix.com. 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 Etix.com. 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 Etix.com. 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.

  • First Lady Susanne Shore today announced preliminary exhibit and tour details of the Nebraska150 Celebration’s largest project, “Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum.”

  • One of Stuhr Museum's longest running and most impressive art shows opens on Friday and Stuhr is hosting a free reception Thursday night.

  • Stuhr Museum is proud to offer an extraordinary opportunity to learn the art of basik with artist Kris Allphin during a workshop on Saturday, March 25th. This event is sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Wells Fargo Bank.

  • 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.

  • The Nebraska State Fair is throwing a birthday party for the State that it showcases every year. With a focus on agriculture, education, Nebraska families, fun and statewide pride, the State Fair is the perfect venue to hold Nebraska’s 150th birthday bash.

  • Stuhr Museum is proud to welcome dozens of local and regional artists at the 29th annual Wings Over the Platte art show and sale opens on Friday, February 10th. An opening reception that is free and open to the public will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 9th in the Stuhr Building.

  • Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Head Coach Hurtis Chinn is pleased to announce the addition of two-time IFL Most Valuable Player Jameel Sewell to the Danger coaching staff as Quarterbacks Coach. Chinn has also re-signed Derrick Bernard and added Patrick McCain, both at quarterback.

  • You won’t need a secret password to get into Stuhr Museum’s “Pub Night” event, filled with games of chance, drinks that have stood the test of time and the greatest atmosphere in the area. The event runs from 6:30 – 9 p.m. on Friday, January 27th.

  • The Official 2017 Spring/Summer Nebraska Travel Guide is now available to those looking to explore the state. This year the publication includes a 12-page insert dedicated to Nebraska’s 150th Birthday celebration, which will take place all year.

  • The Nebraska State Fair collected seven first place awards at the recent convention in Las Vegas of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE).

  • You won’t need a secret password to get into Stuhr Museum’s “Pub Night” event, filled with games of chance, drinks that have stood the test of time and the greatest atmosphere in the area. The event runs from 6:00 – 9 p.m. on Friday, January 27th.

  • 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 3, 9, 10 & 11 with a “Member’s Only” night on Friday, December 2.

  • If you're not in the holiday spirit yet, join us at Stuhr for the "Holiday Preview" this Sunday from 1-4 pm. This laid back, fun afternoon is the perfect way to get your season started. During the Holiday Preview visitors can get into the spirit of the season with a first look at the "Fantasy of Trees" exhibit, shop for specials and see what the season has brought to the Prairie Treasures Gift Shop, enjoy holiday cider and treats and watch holiday cartoons with the kids. It all takes place in the newly refurbished Stuhr Building.

  • The lineup has been announced for the 10th Annual Heartland Hoops Classic, which will take place February 11, 2017. The event will once again include eight exciting high school basketball match-ups, including the headliner game of Papillion-La Vista vs. Sunrise Christian Academy, a nationally known team out of Wichita, KS.

  • The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce its 2017 regular season schedule. The 18-week, 80-game schedule kicks off on Thursday, February 16 and concludes on Saturday, June 17.

  • Nebraska’s tourism industry professionals honored their peers at the Celebrate Nebraska Awards Luncheon Thursday afternoon at the Gering Civic Center in Gering, Nebraska. The event capped the annual Nebraska Tourism Conference organized by the Nebraska Tourism Commission and hosted by the Gering Convention and Visitors Bureau. Congressman Adrian Smith of Gering and Nebraska Tourism Commission Chair Deb Loseke announced the following 2016 Nebraska Travel Industry Award winners.

  • A fun, spooky Haunted Field, ghost stories, treats galore and many more adventures await during Stuhr Museum’s annual “All Hallows Evening” October 14 & 15. The festivities run from 6-9 p.m. each night with the new “Haunted Field” opening at 7 p.m.

  • All aboard! The North Pole Express, Stuhr Museum's popular holiday event for kids age 4 and up, returns for six sessions on November 19 & 26. Sign up begins today and spots will up fast.

  • With the quickening pace of redevelopment of Grand Island’s downtown “Railside,” leaders in the district have invited the public to visit several new and completed buildings on a self-guided walking tour on Oct. 9.

  • Stuhr Museum is proud to once again be taking part in the annual “Museum Day” event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine that allows subscribers a chance to visit the museum free of charge. This year’s “Museum Day” will take place from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. this Saturday, September 24.

  • The Nebraska State Fair and Vision Productions, Inc. presented the 12th Annual Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search two day competition at Fonner Park, the Semi-Finals on Saturday, September 3rd and the Finals on Sunday, September 4th. Since its beginning in 1993, the Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search has grown to be the biggest talent search in Nebraska, featuring singers, dancers, instrumentalists, variety acts and songwriters.

  • At a news conference this morning (Tuesday) The State Fair attendance was released seeing a 2.5% increase over last year with 361,107 visitors in 2016. Since 2010, The Nebraska State Fair has been visited by 2,345,429 fairgoers.

  • At a news conference this morning (Tuesday) the State Fair attendance was released after the first four days. This year’s attendance was 129,174, which is 7% higher than a year ago.

  • Drive a train simulator, be an astronaut or snap a selfie while tanking in the Wide Open Imagination Zone at the 2016 Nebraska State Fair.

  • Do you have a great image from Stuhr Museum like a photo of weather playing with the trees or an image that really captures the spirit of Railroad Town? Your time to shine is now, as Stuhr presents the fourth annual “Through The Visitor’s Eyes” photo exhibit and contest, running September 19 - November 11. We are now accepting photos for the exhibit.

  • Stuhr Museum is honored to be part of the 2016 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. 26 – Sept. 5 and we will be there all 11 days.

  • Organizations in and around Grand Island are working out details for Gem Over the Prairie, the local event featuring the August 21, 2017 total eclipse that will pass directly over the city. Partners include the Grand Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Edgerton Explorit Center of Aurora, and the NASA Space Grant Program out of Omaha.

  • Wade Shows, the carnival midway provider for the Nebraska State Fair is bringing new rides this year to complement what many describe as an amusement park on wheels.

  • Stuhr Museum is proud to offer a slate of "Living History Classes" this fall, perfect for adults, children, families or anyone wanting to learn a historic trade from Railroad Town's interpretive staff.
    Classes offered include:

  • Two local breweries will premiere their beers to the public at the Aug. 20 Grand Island Liederkranz’ second annual Craft Brew & Sausage Fest. Grand Island’s Prairie Pride Brewery and Hastings’ First Street Brewing Co. will make their anticipated concoctions available for the public for the first time in Grand Island’s newly rechristened “Railside” downtown district.

  • The newly constructed Thompson Foods Open Air Arena in the East Entertainment Area is one of the highlights of the 2016 Nebraska State Fair. With a new grandstand which will seat 750 and premier lighting, events such as the Foundation Quarter Horse Show August 26 & 27, Appaloosa Show August 27 & 28, Reining Cow Horse Show August 29-31, Women’s and Men’s Ranch Rodeo September 2 & 3, Carriage Driving Show September 3 & 4, the Cowboy Mounted Shooters Competition September 2 and the High School Rodeo September 5 will be featured in this new modern arena.

  • Stuhr Museum is proud to welcome the Studio Art Quilt Associate's traveling exhibit "Architexture" to the Stuhr Building August 15 - September 29.

  • When The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra hits the stage of the Grand Island Liederkranz ballroom on Monday, Aug. 15, Nebraskans will have the unique opportunity to swing around the dance floor to the orchestra’s iconic Big Band sound.

  • The Nebraska State Fair Cares program has selected Compass from Kearney, Nebraska and SkillsUSA Nebraska of Lincoln as first and second place entries, respectively.

  • Grand Island native, Hannah Huston will be appearing at the Nebraska State Fair on Friday, September 2 in the Heartland Events Center. Tickets are $6 plus gate for reserved seats with her performance beginning at 7:30pm.
    State Fair events and entertainment director, Chelsey Jungck said, “We would simply not have been complete, without Hannah Huston gracing our stage. She captured the hearts of America and made all Nebraskan’s proud with her tenacious performance on NBC TV’s “The Voice.”

  • The Nebraska Rod and Custom Association and Stuhr Museum are proud to offer an afternoon of classic cars in a one of a kind setting during the “Afternoon in Railroad Town” car show from Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday, August 7.

  • The Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic at the Nebraska State Fair has filled and the tournament is set for August 26 and 27 at the Heartland Events Center.

  • Moonshell Arts and Humanities Council is bringing Jackie Allen to perform “on the green” at Stuhr Museum on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each in advance, $25 at the gate/day of show.

  • Financial Services website, SmartAsset.com has ranked the Nebraska State Fair the 10th best in the nation.
    According to Nebraska State Fair executive director, Joseph McDermott, “We were surprised to learn of the ranking from someone outside the fair industry. They based their ranking on adult and youth admission prices, attendance, daily precipitation averages and the length of each state fair.”

  • For the third year in a row, Stuhr Museum has been awarded the “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor.com, one of the web’s leading travel sites. The award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions earned over the past year. Over 90 percent of Stuhr Museum’s reviews on the site are “Above Average” or “Excellent" giving us an average star rating of over 4.5 stars.