Our Seward Magazine Club met this evening at the new Nebraska National Guard Museum here in Seward. Col. Jerry Meyer and Mary are members of the Club, and he is the Curator of the Museum. They moved here a year ago to head up the project of converting a 1956 National Guard Armory into the State NG Museum. They couldn’t have found a better person for the job. Jerry not only has had wide experience in the Guard but also headed the development of the Higgins Memorial at Columbus. He gave us a tour of the facility where a lot of work has already
been done but much work still remains. It is anticipated that it will be open for business by the 4th of July in 2017. While Museums traditionally have had displays of items for visitors to observe, the trend is to have more interactive exhibits. Jerry has been down to Disney World to work with designers on some of the exhibits. They will recreate an exhibit to depict the hedge row battles in Europe during the summer of 1944 with all the trees, smells and sounds of the actual happening. Jerry has visited the warehouse back at Ft. Belvoir where numerous items will be available on loan for special showings. It is anticipated that the Museum will be a State-of-the-Art Facility and make Seward a destination point for many visitors. The proximity of Seward to Lincoln and Interstate 80 should make this a popular stop for school children.