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September 2, 2008


SUBJECT:  Nebraska National Guard Exhibit closes September 28 at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History

Nebraska's Citizen-Soldiers in the Twenty-first Century , showcasing the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Nebraska National Guard, at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln will close on Sunday, September 28.

But there's still time to experience the personal stories of more than a dozen individual soldiers who were mobilized in Army and Air Guard units, both home and abroad, since September 11, 2001. First-hand accounts put a human face on the missions, locales, and cultures these "average" men and women encountered during their deployments. Oral histories, video clips, photographs, battle dress uniforms, body armor, and personal items provided by Guard members will offer insight into what it means to be a citizen-soldier today. Visitors will get an up-close view of a Humvee and other equipment that accompanied Nebraskans on their global postings.

First as home guard militia in the territorial years of the 1850s and, after 1881, as the Nebraska National Guard, Nebraska's citizen-soldiers have stood ready to respond when called upon by the governor of Nebraska or the President of the United States.
This dual federal/state role sets the National Guard apart from other military reserve forces. The guard made a name for itself as the First Nebraska Volunteer Regiment (Nebraska National Guard) in the Philippines in1899. An American general at the time observed, ""There go those Nebraskans, and all hell couldn't stop them."

The exhibit is made possible through the support and cooperation of the men and women of the Nebraska Army and Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. Roger Lemke (retired) and Adjutant General Timothy J. Kadavy. Additional support provided by the Lincoln Journal-Star.

Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9-4:30 and Saturday and Sunday, 1-4:30. Admission is free.


For general information:

Lynne Ireland
Chief Education and Research Officer
Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R Street
PO Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501
402.471.4758 (v)
402.471-3100 (f)

 

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