Press Releases

Have you taken a great photo on the grounds of Stuhr Museum? We want you to enter it in the 9th annual "Through The Visitor's Eyes" photo contest. The show runs Sept. 15th - Nov. 4th and the deadline for submission is September 10th.

Stuhr's long standing, popular "Back to School in Railroad Town" event returns August 11 & 12 at the one-room Peters School in Railroad Town. The event runs from 10 - 5 pm on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Noon - 5 pm on Sunday, Aug. 12.

Dozens and dozens of classic and custom 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 5th.

Get ready to get exhausted and muddy for a good cause during the 7th annual Prairie Sludge Trudge at Stuhr Museum! All the mud, muck and mayhem of the Prairie Sludge Trudge, Stuhr Museum’s popular adventure run, returns on Saturday, August 4th and we want you to take part. The race begins at 8 a.m. with the gates opening at 6:30.

The future and the past collide on Saturday, July 14th as Stuhr Museum will serve as a check point for the 2018 American Solar Challenge! The event runs from 10 - 4 pm.

The Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team is pleased to announce the promotion of Pig Brown to Head Coach of the Nebraska Danger for the 2019 season.

The 4th of July is the single biggest day on Stuhr Museum's calendar and this year we're pulling out all the stops to create a day packed with activity for everyone!

After years of work and renovation, Stuhr Museum is proud to unveil the Peter Stuhr House to the public during a free event on Saturday, June 16th from 6-9 pm.

Registration is now open for the 7th annual Prairie Sludge Trudge at Stuhr Museum in Grand Island on Saturday, August 4th!

All the mud, muck and mayhem of the Prairie Sludge Trudge, Stuhr Museum’s popular adventure run, returns on Saturday, August 4th and we want you to take part. The race begins at 8 a.m. with the gates opening at 6:30.

Stuhr Museum is proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums program this summer, which offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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 28th in Stuhr's 1890's Railroad Town.

For over a hundred years no author has so perfectly captured the experience of pioneer life like Nebraska's own Willa Cather. During Stuhr Museum's 2018 Summer Exhibit "Willa Cather: The Voice of the Frontier", we celebrate Cather, her work and the time Stuhr played host to some very special guests celebrating Cather's legacy. The show runs May 19 - September 9 in the Stuhr Building.

Beginning at 9 am today, the general public is invited to sign up for Stuhr's popular Summer Adventure Classes, running the begining of June through the end of July.

Stuhr Museum is proud to be hosting a class by 2018 Wings Over the Platte Featured Artist Sally Jurgensmier on Saturday, April 7th. The cost is $125 per person and includes materials.

The Nebraska Tourism Commission is pleased to announce the stops that will be part of the 2018 Nebraska Passport. The Passport inspires Nebraskans and tourists to travel the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations. In 2017 a record-setting number of people participated in the program with 465 participants hitting every stop.

Every child is royalty for an afternoon during Stuhr Museum’s popular “Prairie Princess Party,” Saturday, February 24, from 1-4 p.m. This event will be held at College Park, 3180 W. Highway 34, across the street from Stuhr Museum.

Grand Island, NE – The lineup has been announced for the 11th Annual Heartland Hoops Classic, which will take place February 10, 2018. The event includes eight exciting high school basketball match-ups – and for the first time ever, the headliner game will feature two nationally-ranked teams, Oak Hill Academy and Sunrise Christian Academy, both alumni of the Classic.

Grammy Award-winning, Country duo Sugarland will perform outdoors at the Nebraska State Fair on Saturday, August 25, starting at 7:30pm. Sugarland will be joined by country artist Frankie Ballard. Tickets will be available starting at 10am Friday, January 12 at the Heartland Events Center Box office or at Ticket prices are $50 for general admission and $85 for Pit.

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.