The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum The Durham Museum, located in Omaha’s beautiful art deco Union Station, is home to permanent exhibits
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Creating that exquisite dish takes the right mix of ingredients and preparation. The making of Julia Child’s television ...
10/28/2023

Creating that exquisite dish takes the right mix of ingredients and preparation. The making of Julia Child’s television show “The French Chef” was no different. Planning for each 28-minute segment was a meticulous process that involved careful attention to detail.

Julia broke down recipes into steps emphasizing French techniques as foundational lessons. In rehearsals, Julia and her husband Paul timed out each step while making notes and reminders for when to progress in the recipe, where a tool would be located, or terminology Julia should communicate. On set, the team found ways to make the short shooting time manageable. Team members behind the scenes held cue cards as reminders or to note a mistake Julia should correct. While the first few tapings were hectic, Julia and her team were soon in sync and found confidence in their routine. “The French Chef” ran from 1963 to 1973 and was one of the first cooking programs on American television.

And that, my friends, was how the sausage was made! The making of "The French Chef" will be detailed in the second season of "Julia," appearing on the streaming service Max beginning November 16.

Visitors to 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚, the new traveling exhibition at The Durham Museum, can get a closer look at an interactive of the TV set that helped transform Julia Child into a culinary icon. Operate a vintage video camera, mix “ingredients” and give your best Julia impression on her WGBH kitchen set! Be sure to check out the many other interactives in the exhibit, as well! The exhibition is on display through February 11, 2024.

𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 for Life was developed by Flying Fish Exhibits and Napa Valley Museum Yountville, supported by Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Schlesinger Library | Radcliffe Institute | Harvard University and Oceania Cruises. Thanks to our local sponsors for their support of the exhibit: Conagra Brands Foundation, Douglas County Nebraska, D.F. Dillon Foundation, AARP Nebraska, MCC Community Education - Nebraska, Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation, and Shirley & Dan Neary; media sponsor: KETV NewsWatch 7.

📸 Photography by Paul Child © The Schlesinger Library, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Make it a 🎃🎃 Hallo-weekend 🎃🎃 at The Durham Museum Saturday and Sunday (October 28-29)! All weekend long, children 12 an...
10/27/2023

Make it a 🎃🎃 Hallo-weekend 🎃🎃 at The Durham Museum Saturday and Sunday (October 28-29)! All weekend long, children 12 and under receive FREE admission and Halloween costumes are encouraged! We have goodie bags. We have games. We have spooky train cars for families to venture through. And we have Dancing Zombies!

That’s right, the Dancing Zombies, courtesy of UNO’s The Moving Company, will perform Saturday and Sunday (1PM each day) inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall. Unlike most zombies, these zombies have some great moves!

There’s more! Saturday’s Celebrate at The Platform program will explore the history of Dia de los Mu***os (Day of the Dead). Join us on The Platform for fun activities related to the holiday between 10AM-Noon.

🕛 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀
Saturday • 10AM-4PM
Sunday • Noon-4PM

The Durham Museum’s Joy of Julia Speaker Series is ready to take a “sweet” turn on Thursday, November 2.***Limited ticke...
10/26/2023

The Durham Museum’s Joy of Julia Speaker Series is ready to take a “sweet” turn on Thursday, November 2.

***Limited tickets remain*** for our next installment, “𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗳 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗚𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱’𝘀 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗰𝘆.” Social hour, including self-guided tours of 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚, will begin at 5PM, with special guest Chef Gale Gand taking the stage at 6:30PM.

Gale, a nationally acclaimed pastry chef and James Beard Award winner, will guide guests through her culinary journey, sharing stories of her baking and filming with culinary icon Julia Child. Like Julia, Gale experienced some of her success through television, hosting her own show, “Sweet Dreams,” on the Food Network for eight years. She has appeared on many other TV shows, including “Baking with Julia,” baking side by side with one of her idols. We are also excited to welcome Omaha food critic Sarah Baker Hansen, who will moderate our discussion.

The Joy of Julia Speaker Series is FREE for museum members; regular admission applies for non-members. Advanced registration is required. Social hour will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

𝗥𝗘𝗚𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗦𝗢𝗢𝗡! 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗝𝗼𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁!
🖥️ DurhamMuseum.org/sweet-inspiration
☎️ 402-444-5071 ext 521

Please note, the museum is open later, until 8PM, on November 2.

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𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 was developed by Flying Fish Exhibits and Napa Valley Museum Yountville, supported by Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Schlesinger Library | Radcliffe Institute | Harvard University and Oceania Cruises.

Scouts! Did you know that The Durham Museum is home to one of the best coin collections in the country? What better way ...
10/26/2023

Scouts! Did you know that The Durham Museum is home to one of the best coin collections in the country? What better way to learn about the amazing Byron Reed Collection than through our Merit Scout Workshops?

Our next scout workshops – Coin Collecting and Railroading – are scheduled for Saturday, November 4. Join us for Coin Collecting at 9AM and Railroading at 1:30PM. The Durham’s 2023-24 Merit Badge workshops are held in our historic building and are taught by museum staff members who are certified Merit Badge counselors. The see the entire 2023-24 schedule and to register, visit DurhamMuseum.org/scouts.

We hope you make The Durham a part of your scout journey!

We are honored and excited to have Dan O'Brien be part of "Restoring Indigenous Food Sovereignty" on Nov. 7 at The Durha...
10/25/2023

We are honored and excited to have Dan O'Brien be part of "Restoring Indigenous Food Sovereignty" on Nov. 7 at The Durham. Register for this FREE panel discussion soon!

Learn more: DurhamMuseum.org/restoring

Meet our first panelist Dan O'Brien who will be attending our partnered Restoring Indigenous Food Sovereignty event with The Durham Museum and Nebraska Public Media on Nov. 7 at 6 PM at The Durham Museum.

A longtime wildlife biologist and one of the most powerful literary voices on the Great Plains, Dan O’Brien has managed Wild Idea Buffalo, his ethically run Buffalo ranch since 1997. Drawing on both extensive research and decades of personal experience, he details not only the natural history of the Bison but also its prominent symbolism in Native American culture and its rise as an icon of the Great Plains. His book Great Plains Bison is a tribute to the Bison’s essential place at the heart of the North American prairie and its ability to inspire naturalists and wildlife advocates in the fight to preserve American biodiversity. His additional novels and memoirs include Stolen Horses, Equinox, The Indian Agent, Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land, and Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch, winner of the Western Heritage Award for best nonfiction.

This event is FREE to the public, but registration is required.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿:
• DurhamMuseum.org/restoring
• Or call 402-444-5071

Today, we turned another page on our Halloween celebration at The Durham Museum! Thank you to everyone who joined us for...
10/25/2023

Today, we turned another page on our Halloween celebration at The Durham Museum! Thank you to everyone who joined us for Spooky Tales for Tots. The spooky good fun continues Saturday (10AM-4PM) and Sunday (Noon-4PM) with Hallo-weekend at The Durham!

No skeleton bones about it … we dig Halloween season at The Durham Museum! All ghosts, goblins, pirates, turtles, Barbie...
10/25/2023

No skeleton bones about it … we dig Halloween season at The Durham Museum! All ghosts, goblins, pirates, turtles, Barbie dolls, astronauts, princesses, dinosaurs and of course, Dancing Zombies, made it so spooky good at Tuesday’s Great HALL-oween Haunt, we already can’t wait until next year!

A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended the Great HALL-oween Haunt, as well as the volunteers and staff who assisted. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Pinnacle Bank, Douglas County Nebraska, Oriental Trading Company, Mangelsen's and The Baer Foundation. Thanks to community organizations The Rose Theater Omaha, Fontenelle Forest, Omaha Children's Museum, NE SciFest, Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment and Ghostbusters Nebraska for their support and participation.

Check out some snapshots for a spirited night at Omaha’s Union Station!

Are you ready for the most spook-tacular time of the year at The Durham Museum? Make it a historic Halloween with us! We...
10/24/2023

Are you ready for the most spook-tacular time of the year at The Durham Museum? Make it a historic Halloween with us! We have plenty of spooky good fun planned for the whole family, so bring your costumes!

Learn about Halloween, Julia Child programming and more in our latest newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/durhammuseum/durham-newsletter-487104

One more sleep until the most spook-tacular event of the season! Get ready for The Great HALL-oween Haunt, which is set ...
10/23/2023

One more sleep until the most spook-tacular event of the season! Get ready for The Great HALL-oween Haunt, which is set for Tuesday, October 24, 5-8PM, at The Durham Museum. Got your costumes? Got your tickets? Here are some quick FYIs for our Halloween guests, ghosts and goblins ahead of Tuesday:

🎟️ 𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗞𝗘𝗧𝗦
The Great HALL-oween Haunt is FREE for museum members; regular admission applies for non-members. Advanced tickets are highly encouraged, but walk-up tickets will be available Tuesday, as well. Visit DurhamMuseum.org/halloween for ticket information.

🕔 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗥𝗬
The museum will close at 4PM and re-open at 5PM for The Great HALL-oween Haunt. Entry will be available on both the main and lower levels.

🅿️ 𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗟𝗢𝗪 𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚
In addition to parking at the museum, the Conagra Brands parking lot at 7th and Leavenworth streets, with free shuttle drop-off at the museum, will be available. Shuttle service will conclude at 8PM.

🧟‍♀️ 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗗𝗢𝗡’𝗧 𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗦 …
Be sure to catch the Dancing Zombies, courtesy of UNO’s The Moving Company, who will perform at 7PM in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall.

Thank you to our Halloween sponsors for making this event possible! Pinnacle Bank, Douglas County Nebraska, Oriental Trading Company, Mangelsen's and The Baer Foundation.

A trip back in time takes us to 1949. Do you recognize this part of West Omaha?This is Overlook Farm, home to Boys Town....
10/22/2023

A trip back in time takes us to 1949. Do you recognize this part of West Omaha?

This is Overlook Farm, home to Boys Town. Twenty-seven years earlier, on this day in 1921, Father Edward Flanagan acquired Overlook Farm on the western outskirts of the city, and the 160-acre plot of land became the new home and school for homeless, abandoned and underprivileged boys, furthering Father Flanagan’s vision of hope.

📸 The Durham Museum Photo Archive, John S. Savage Collection/Omaha World-Herald, JS8a-062, 1949

“𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳, 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 …”We are “thrilled” to have the Dancing Zombies, courtesy of UNO’s The Moving ...
10/22/2023

“𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳, 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 …”

We are “thrilled” to have the Dancing Zombies, courtesy of UNO’s The Moving Company, back for another Halloween season! In fact, this is a big year for our ghoulish friends. Dancing to the Michael Jackson hit “Thriller,” the Dancing Zombies will be performing at The Durham Museum for a 10th year! And to celebrate the milestone, Moving Company alumni will join current dancers for their annual performance at the museum’s Great HALL-oween Haunt on Tuesday, October 24.

Here's how to catch some Dancing Zombies making some dance moves inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall:

• 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟰, 7PM (Great HALL-oween Haunt)
• 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟴, 1PM (Hallo-weekend)
• 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟵, 1PM (Hallo-weekend)
Be sure to show up a few minutes early to grab a spot!

All 🎃🎃🎃 activities at The Durham Museum are free for museum members; regular admission applies for non-members. Please note, advanced registration is encouraged for the Great HALL-oween Haunt (5-8PM).

Learn more about Halloween at The Durham: DurhamMuseum.org/halloween

** 𝗪𝗘’𝗥𝗘 𝗢𝗡𝗘 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗬!! **Sure, the 🍂🍂🍂 are just now turning, but we can’t help but dream of a white Christmas ❄️❄️❄️!...
10/21/2023

** 𝗪𝗘’𝗥𝗘 𝗢𝗡𝗘 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗬!! **

Sure, the 🍂🍂🍂 are just now turning, but we can’t help but dream of a white Christmas ❄️❄️❄️! Get ready for our next traveling exhibit, 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙢𝙖𝙨 - 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙀𝙭𝙝𝙞𝙗𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣, which is set to open to the public on Tuesday, November 21, at The Durham Museum!

We’re partnering with the Rosemary Clooney House and private collectors Stephen and Heather French Henry for this beautiful exhibit, which highlights the costumes and spirit of Michael Curtiz’s holiday classic film 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘮𝘢𝘴. Experience film wardrobes created by legendary designer Edith Head and worn by the star-studded cast of Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. Don’t miss out on iconic costumes such as the blue “Sisters” dresses, Vera-Ellen’s sparkling “Mandy” outfit and reproductions of the red dresses from the film’s finale.

It's a wonderful exhibit for the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas at Union Station! The exhibit will run from November 21 to January 28, 2024.

10/20/2023

The weekend is here! Are you looking for plans? Grab your family or friends and head to The Durham Museum to experience 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚. Take a seat at Julia’s table and experience her fearlessness as the exhibit leads you through the culinary icon’s formative years, education, as well as her adventures and challenges. Get ready for a journey that will engage all the senses!

𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 is on display through February 11, 2024.

𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 was developed by Flying Fish Exhibits and Napa Valley Museum Yountville, supported by Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Schlesinger Library | Radcliffe Institute | Harvard Universityand Oceania Cruises. Thanks to our local sponsors for their support of the exhibit: Conagra Brands Foundation, Douglas County Nebraska, D.F. Dillon Foundation, AARP Nebraska, MCC Community Education - Nebraska, Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation, and Shirley & Dan Neary; media sponsor: KETV NewsWatch 7.

Are you ready for the most spooktacular time of the year at The Durham Museum? Make it a historic Halloween with us! We ...
10/19/2023

Are you ready for the most spooktacular time of the year at The Durham Museum? Make it a historic Halloween with us! We have plenty of spooky good fun planned for the whole family, so bring your costumes and candy bags to the museum!

👻 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗛𝗔𝗟𝗟-𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝘂𝗻𝘁
Tuesday, October 24 (5-8PM) • The Great Hall is going to the friendly ghosts and goblins! Snag treats from historical characters, try your hand at ghostly games and creepy crafts in the Swanson “Ghoulery,” make your way through the Haunted Train and Cobweb Caboose and don’t miss the crowd-favorite Dancing Zombies, courtesy of UNO’s The Moving Company. You may also see some Ghostbusters! This event is FREE to museum members and regular admission applies to non-members. Due to the popularity of this event, advanced tickets are encouraged.

👻 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘆 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗼𝘁𝘀
Wednesday, October 25 (10:30-11:30AM) • Bring your little ones to celebrate the season with a story and crafts. We’ll tell multiple tales, while craft time will include making magic brooms and spooky trains.

👻 𝗛𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼-𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱
Saturday & Sunday, October 28-29 • All weekend, children under 12 get in free and costumes are encouraged! Enjoy goodie bags and the Haunted Train and Cobweb Caboose. The Dancing Zombies are back both days (1PM), too!

👻 𝗛𝗮𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗯𝘄𝗲𝗯 𝗖𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲
The Durham’s historic train cars get a spooky twist (October 24-29 & 31) for Halloween! Don’t worry, it’s not TOO scary!

All Halloween activities at the museum are FREE to members and regular admission applies for non-members. Learn more at DurhamMuseum.org/halloween

Thank you to our wonderful Halloween sponsors for their support: Pinnacle Bank,Douglas County Nebraska, Oriental Trading Company , Mangelsen's and The Baer Foundation.

The Durham Museum loaned a pair of gowns from the 1961 Aksarben Coronation to the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in...
10/18/2023

The Durham Museum loaned a pair of gowns from the 1961 Aksarben Coronation to the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware for its 𝘼𝙣𝙣 𝙇𝙤𝙬𝙚: 𝘼𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙧 exhibition. Their exhibit is now open to the public and, as you can see, the dresses look spectacular on display!

The dresses were designed by Ann Lowe, who is considered one of America’s most significant fashion designers and was influential in paving the way for Black women in the fashion industry. Some of her notable designs include dresses worn by Olivia de Havilland at the 1947 Oscars and the iconic wedding gown worn by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in 1953. The two dresses on loan from The Durham were worn by Aksarben Countess Lynn Robertson Evert and Countess Ann Lallman Jessop. Lowe designed the full series of coronation gowns for the 1961 Aksarben event, including the Queen’s elaborate white French net cotillion-like gown.

Lynn’s dress (the light pink dress) was altered so she could later use it her wedding. The alterations were then undone and the current dress is as it was for the ball. Upon arriving at the Winterthur, the dresses were conserved and photographed for an official catalogue representing Lowe’s work.

If you’re headed to the east coast, the 40-dress exhibit, which recently was showcased on “CBS Mornings,” is on display through January 7, 2024. We are excited to contribute to a display that shines a brighter light on the history and design talents of Ann Lowe.

A sidenote: This year, The Durham Museum accepted the 1961 Aksarben queen gown into our collection. Worn by Queen Connie Cowdry O’Neil, the dress also was designed by Lowe.

Exhibit photos courtesy of the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

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Our 𝘾𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙥: 𝙊𝙢𝙖𝙝𝙖 𝙋𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙎𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙚 exhibition highlights some very impactful women of the Omaha cul...
10/17/2023

Our 𝘾𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙥: 𝙊𝙢𝙖𝙝𝙖 𝙋𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙎𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙚 exhibition highlights some very impactful women of the Omaha culinary landscape, including Patricia "Big Mama" Barron. Big Mama made her dream of owning a restaurant come to life at the age of 65 when she opened Big Mama's Kitchen And Catering, which quickly became a staple of the Omaha restaurant scene, serving delicious comfort food. Big Mama passed away in 2018 but her legacy remains strong as her daughters continue to operate the business.

The family graciously loaned The Durham Museum items for the 𝘾𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙥 display, including Big Mama’s signature leopard-print apron. It was a great treat having Big Mama’s daughter, Gladys Harrison, and Gladys’ daughter Briannah and grandson Brayden here to see the exhibit.

We are excited to partner with Nebraska Public Media and Vision Maker Media for “𝗥𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗦𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗻𝘁𝘆” ...
10/16/2023

We are excited to partner with Nebraska Public Media and Vision Maker Media for “𝗥𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗦𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗻𝘁𝘆” on Tuesday, November 7, 6PM, at The Durham Museum. Inspired by topics in Ken Burn’s “The American Buffalo,” this conversation will explore rematriation – the restoration and revitalization of Indigenous foodways, lifeways and cultural knowledge. Learn about this growing movement through excerpts from the recent short films “Homecoming” by Julianna Brannum (Comanche), a companion film to “The American Buffalo” that documents Jason Baldes and the work of the InterTribal Buffalo Council, and “Seed Warriors,” which highlights Deb Echo-Hawk and the Pawnee Seed Preservation Society.

The panel will include:
• 𝗕𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗯𝗯 (Cherokee Nation): Indigenous Conservation Specialist, The Nature Conservancy
• 𝗦𝘂𝘇𝗶 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗵 (Umóⁿhoⁿ): Farm-to-School Director for the Umóⁿhoⁿ Nation Public School
• 𝗗𝗮𝗻 𝗢’𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻: featured in The American Buffalo; owner of Wild Idea Buffalo Ranch and author of "Great Plains Bison"
• 𝗥𝗲𝗯𝗲𝗸𝗸𝗮 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 (Ioway Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska): assistant professor of the practice at the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications; owner of Native Storytelling Nation and director of "Seed Warriors"
• 𝗥𝗲𝗻𝗲́𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗶 (Umóⁿhoⁿ): Indigenous Educator and Cultural Consultant (moderator)

This event is FREE to the public, but registration is required.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿:
• DurhamMuseum.org/restoring
• Or call 402-444-5071

“𝗥𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗦𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗻𝘁𝘆” is presented by Nebraska Public Media in partnership with The Durham Museum and Vision Maker Media. Additional community partners include the UNL Center for Great Plains Studies.

Edward Gomez was called “Babe” when he was little, and the nickname stuck. Babe Gomez’s legacy also has carried on. He w...
10/15/2023

Edward Gomez was called “Babe” when he was little, and the nickname stuck. Babe Gomez’s legacy also has carried on. He was 19 years old when he sacrificed his life to shield his fellow Marines during the Korean War in 1951.

A graduate of Omaha South High School and one of 13 children, Gomez joined the Marines Reserves when he was 17. His father didn’t want him to enlist, but Babe insisted. During the Battle of the Punchbowl on September 14, 1951, Gomez’s squad was attacked, and he went down an abandoned trench to find a new location for their gun. When an active gr***de was thrown near him, Gomez yelled a warning to his comrades, then jumped on the gr***de, protecting them while sacrificing himself.

The Medal of Honor was presented to Gomez’s family in 1952. “By his stouthearted courage, incomparable valor and decisive spirit of self-sacrifice, Private First Class Gomez inspired the others to heroic efforts in subsequently repelling the outnumbering foe, and his valiant conduct throughout sustained and enhanced the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service,” a citation from President Truman reads.

Gomez’s hometown has made sure that his name is not forgotten. A street (Edward Babe Gomez Ave.) in South Omaha was named after Babe in 1973, and an elementary school bears his name. Visitors to The Durham Museum can see objects in our permanent display related to Gomez, courtesy of his family, including his Medal of Honor.

📸 The Durham Museum Photo Archive, Bostwick-Frohardt Collection/KM3TV, BF6-057

Happy   Day to all, and especially to Chef Gale Gand! Did you know that Gale, a nationally acclaimed pastry chef and Jam...
10/14/2023

Happy Day to all, and especially to Chef Gale Gand! Did you know that Gale, a nationally acclaimed pastry chef and James Beard Award winner, will be joining us for our next installment of The Joy of Julia Speaker Series titled “𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗳 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗚𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱’𝘀 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗰𝘆” on Thursday, November 2 at The Durham Museum?

Did you also know that Gale has a special connection to Julia? Gale was chosen by the culinary icon to appear on the PBS show “Baking with Julia” in 1996. Gale made Chocolate Napolean – “Now that’s a real dessert!” Julia proclaimed after taking a bite – and a Fettucini Ice Cream Sandwich. Four years after sharing the kitchen with Julia, Gale began hosting her own show on the Food Network, called “Sweet Dreams.”

“𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗳 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗚𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱’𝘀 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗰𝘆” is a treat that will take guests through Gale’s culinary journey. And you won’t want to miss her stories of baking and filming with Julia. The event will begin with a 5PM social hour – which will include light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar – and self-guided exhibit tour of “Julia Child: A Recipe for Life.” The presentation will follow at 6:30PM.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. This event is free for museum members; regular admission applies for non-members. For more details and to register, visit DurhamMuseum.org/julia.

𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 was developed by Flying Fish Exhibits and Napa Valley Museum Yountville, supported by Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Schlesinger Library | Radcliffe Institute | Harvard University and Oceania Cruises.

📸 Courtesy of Gale Gand

Attention, scouts! Add a badge to your sash with The Durham Museum’s Merit Badge Workshops! Seeking American Heritage or...
10/13/2023

Attention, scouts! Add a badge to your sash with The Durham Museum’s Merit Badge Workshops! Seeking American Heritage or Citizenship in the Nation badges? Join us Saturday, October 21, when scouts will learn and earn badges in each.

The Durham’s 2023-24 Merit Badge program workshops are held in our historic building and are taught by museum staff members who are certified Merit Badge counselors. To see the entire 2023-24 workshop schedule and to register, visit DurhamMuseum.org/scouts.

We hope you make The Durham a part of your scout journey!

So, what’s cooking 🍲🍲🍲 at The Durham Museum? It’s our new traveling exhibition, 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚! Featurin...
10/13/2023

So, what’s cooking 🍲🍲🍲 at The Durham Museum? It’s our new traveling exhibition, 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚! Featuring video, audio and photos documenting Julia Child, her inspirations and extraordinary contributions to the culinary world, this first-of-its-kind exhibition invites visitors to journey through Julia’s life.

Take a seat at Julia’s table and experience her fearlessness as the exhibition leads you through her formative years, education, as well as her adventures and challenges. From the interactive set of “The French Chef” and larger-than-life “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” to numerous photo ops, get ready for a journey that will engage all the senses!

𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 is on display through February 11, 2024.

𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 was developed by Flying Fish Exhibits and Napa Valley Museum Yountville, supported by Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Schlesinger Library | Radcliffe Institute | Harvard University and Oceania Cruises. Thanks to our local sponsors for their support of the exhibit: Conagra Brands Foundation, Douglas County Nebraska, D.F. Dillon Foundation, AARP Nebraska, MCC Community Education - Nebraska, Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation, and Shirley & Dan Neary; media sponsor: KETV NewsWatch 7.

Train and history enthusiasts! This is for you! The Golden Spike Monument is on its way to Utah, and will make a stop at...
10/13/2023

Train and history enthusiasts! This is for you! The Golden Spike Monument is on its way to Utah, and will make a stop at the Union Pacific Museum in Council Bluffs, from 10AM-2PM, on Saturday, October 14.

The Golden Spike Monument is traveling across the United States to Brigham City, Utah, along portions of the original transcontinental railway route making a series of “whistle stops” along the way.

More information about the Driving of the Spike is available at https://spike150.org/driving/.

We ❤️❤️ nights like this! "Joyful Bites: A Culinary Conversation," the first installment of The Joy for Julia Speaker Se...
10/13/2023

We ❤️❤️ nights like this! "Joyful Bites: A Culinary Conversation," the first installment of The Joy for Julia Speaker Series was a savoring hit! Thank you to everyone who attended.

And of course, a big thank you to our panel for an amazing discussion about the culinary world and the influence of Julia Child! -- Chef Lea Anne Dea (Conagra Brands), Chef Wilson Calixte (Le Voltaire French Restaurant), Chefs Jessica and Paul Urban (Block 16), Chef and Moderator Brian O’Malley (MCC Community Education - Nebraska) and Chef Meya Hill (No More Empty Pots).

𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 was developed by Flying Fish Exhibits and Napa Valley Museum Yountville, supported by Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Library | Radcliffe Institute | Harvard University and Oceania Cruises.

🚨🚨 𝗦𝗢𝗟𝗗 𝗢𝗨𝗧!!! 🚨🚨*** UPDATE: We are at capacity for tonight's 𝗝𝗼𝘆𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗕𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀: 𝗔 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 panel discussion. If...
10/12/2023

🚨🚨 𝗦𝗢𝗟𝗗 𝗢𝗨𝗧!!! 🚨🚨

*** UPDATE: We are at capacity for tonight's 𝗝𝗼𝘆𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗕𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀: 𝗔 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 panel discussion. If you were unable to secure a ticket, come to the museum anyway!! Our new traveling exhibit, 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 is on display AND we're open until 8PM!! ***

Tonight's event (October 12), which begins with a 5PM social hour and then followed by the presentation at 6:30PM, features six talented Omaha chefs, who will share personal stories on the transformative power of cooking, as well as the influence of Julia Child.

This event is free to museum members; regular admission applies for non-members.

🕷️👻🎃 Find your costumes and prepare for a spook-tacular and hair-raising evening at The Durham Museum. 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘂𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗚...
10/11/2023

🕷️👻🎃 Find your costumes and prepare for a spook-tacular and hair-raising evening at The Durham Museum. 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘂𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗛𝗔𝗟𝗟-𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟰, 𝟱-𝟴𝗣𝗠!

We have a full night of Halloween fun planned. Grab sweets from historical characters throughout the museum, make your way through the Haunted Train and Cobweb Caboose, and try your hand at some ghostly games and creepy crafts in the Swanson “Ghoulery.” Oh! **Checking guest list** we’ll be joined by the Dancing Zombies from UNO’s The Moving Company, who will be performing at The Durham for a 10th season, as well as nebraska (Always smart to have those guys around during the haunted season!).

ADVANCED TICKETS are highly encouraged due to the popularity of the event. Walk-up tickets will be available on October 24, if space allows.

𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗩𝗘 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗞𝗘𝗧𝗦
🖥️ Online: DurhamMuseum.org/halloween
☎️ Phone: 402-444-5071

Thank you to our Halloween sponsors: Pinnacle Bank, Douglas County Nebraska, Oriental Trading Company,Mangelsen's and The Baer Foundation.

It's a busy October at The Durham Museum, and we can't wait for Thursday, October 12, when we welcome six talented Omaha...
10/10/2023

It's a busy October at The Durham Museum, and we can't wait for Thursday, October 12, when we welcome six talented Omaha chefs for "Joyful Bites: A Culinary Conversation."

Learn more about that, our new exhibits and Halloween adventures in our latest newsletter! - https://mailchi.mp/durhammuseum/durham-newsletter-487096

Thursday evening … what to do, what to do? We have the answer! Make it an evening at The Durham Museum 🌙🌙. That’s right,...
10/10/2023

Thursday evening … what to do, what to do? We have the answer! Make it an evening at The Durham Museum 🌙🌙. That’s right, 𝘄𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿, 𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹 𝟴𝗣𝗠, 𝗼𝗻 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟮, giving visitors a chance to check out the exhibits and more after a busy day at work or school.

We have a special night planned, too! Our Joy of Julia Speaker Series begins with “𝗝𝗼𝘆𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗕𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀: 𝗔 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻,” a panel discussion featuring six talented Omaha chefs. Social hour will begin at 5PM with the panel discussion taking place at 6:30PM. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Find more information at DurhamMuseum.org/julia.

Of course, you’ll want to check out our new traveling exhibition, 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙: 𝘼 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚, which explores the journey of a culinary icon. And if that makes you hungry … SODA FOUNTAIN!!!

Bring friends! Bring the kids!

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Mark Kelehan collects vintage lunchboxes. Here, Mark talks about the evolution of his collection; from starting with a single Pac-Man lunchbox to preserving the history of the production artwork and preparing to host an exhibit at The Durham Museum.

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Check that off our Omaha Bucket List! 🎉🎈
WHAT A YEAR!! Last January when I took my small dinosaur business full time I couldn’t have imagined a better first year. I’ve worked so hard & I’ve been so incredibly blessed. Thank you to everyone who has booked me, came to see me, listened to my podcast, or liked my social posts this year!! It means the whole world to me!! 😊

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Our tree made Jimmy Kimmel last night!
Many children do a bit of a freak-out when they see this half man. Not this kid!!
Introducing Katy & S***a Hino! 💍
These two had such, Such, SUCH a beautiful day! It made it even sweeter because Katy has a special connection with the Durham. You can tell by the way they enjoy each other's company that Katy & S***a will have years of happiness in front of them. Cheers to all the smiles and happiness in the future!🥂
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Here's who metroTV host Andrea Andee Hoig interviews this week:
- The Salvation Army Western Division
- The Durham Museum
Watch online: https://www.spiritofomaha.com/metrotv/
Watch on TV: KPAO (Cox 22 / CenturyLink 89) Tuesdays at 10AM, Thursdays at 4PM and 7PM.
I am excited that I will be volunteering at the Durham Museum again this Holiday Season!!! Christmas at Union Station is one of my favorite memories from growing up in Omaha. My grandparents took us every year to see the tree and of course Santa. It is an honor that I get to help kids get their wish lists to the Big Man in time for Christmas. I will be lining up kids to see Santa on the following days. The Durham Museum

Dec 3, 2022 @ 10:00am
Dec 11, 2022 @ 12:00pm
Dec 17, 2022 @ 10:00am

https://durhammuseum.org/christmas-at-union-station/
Couple of days at The Durham Museum and an evening at The Jewell…great stuff.
Calling all nature lovers, tree huggers, jungle gymnasts, dog walkers, shade dwellers, sun bathers, path strollers, sunrise watchers, summer campers, cannon ballers, bicyclists, ice skaters, goal scorers, tennis and golfers, speedy sledders, frisbee throwers, energetic parents and grandparents, fish catchers, bird watchers, and fresh air breathers – we’re revamping our instagram and there’s something for YOU.

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Black and white photographs used with permission, courtesy of our friends at The Durham Museum
Welcome to the weekend Omaha 🍂 Check out what's happening:

1. Ghoulish Garden at Lauritzen Gardens 👻
2. Hallo-weekend at The Durham Museum 🎃
3. Fall Festival and Omaha Rising Festival at Gene Leahy Mall 🎵

Find more worthy fun on the Visit Omaha events calendar: https://visitomaha.com/events/weekend/
It's almost Hallo-weekend at The Durham Museum! Children 12 and under get in FREE (costumes are encouraged) Plus, enjoy a pre-packaged bag of Halloween goodies, the Haunted Train and games on The Platform…just be on the lookout for dancing zombies throughout the day 👻🎃 https://bit.ly/3SGHXxd
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Happy Anniversary, The Durham Museum! We are proud to have had you as a partner for the last 20 years and look forward to many more years of collaborating together!