Hastings Museum welcomes hundreds of students to 9/11 exhibit

More than 400 students in the area took a field trip to Hastings Museum Friday to learn more...
More than 400 students in the area took a field trip to Hastings Museum Friday to learn more about the historical day.(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 11:15 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings Museum opened the ‘9/11 Remember’ exhibit to guests that featured a number of different historical items from the time. A number of schools took a trip to the museum Friday to give students a more in depth understanding of the attacks.

Inside of the exhibit there were a collection of submitted stories from people in the community, told both through audio recordings and written word, as well as a number of artifacts to remember 9/11.

Becky Tideman, marketing director for Hastings Museum, said the purpose of the exhibit wasn’t exactly to give step-by-step details of what happened on Patriots Day, they wanted to focus on reminding people the importance of remembering the tragedy by telling them how others were affected from the series of events. Many of pieces to the exhibit were submitted by people locally.

Hastings Fire and Rescue contributed some of their items to the exhibit to help the community get a better sense of what the people went through while battling the flames inside of the Twin Towers.

“We have some equipment out that you can lift and put on and get some sense of what those first responders, the weight that was on their shoulders, not only as they were responding, but as they were climbing stairs quickly, often in smoke-filled corridors,” Tideman said.

The museum also offered films in their theater that went hand-in-hand with the exhibit. One video involved survivors and their stories from the incident. Another was a walk-through video tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

More than 400 students in the area took a field trip to the museum Friday to learn more about the historical day.

Decker Brown, social studies teacher at Lawrence-Nelson High School, said his students were learning about the attacks prior to their visit to the museum.

“Some of our kids, before we left, created a timeline, you know, of events that happened that day,” Brown said. “So, something we touch on every year and I think, very important that we don’t forget and try to really relive that moment every single anniversary.”

Elsa Jorgensen, senior from Lawrence-Nelson High School, attended the exhibit with her classmates Friday. She said, though she wasn’t alive during 9/11, she realized the importance of remembering the attacks.

“They hold such a big impact on everyone today and it should for many years to come,” Jorgensen said. “There’s a lot of heroic actions taken place and people that didn’t know what they were walking into or if they’d be able to leave. So, I just think that says something really big about America and the people that live here and how much people love our country.”

Jorgensen said, in addition to walking through the exhibit, the students also had the opportunity to watch the 9/11 videos in the museum theater.

“We know so many community members are looking for a way to take a special bit of time this coming weekend and really remember this, and we’re trying to offer as many ways to do that as possible,” Tideman said.

Along with the exhibit, there were to be special video showings going on at Hastings Museum on Saturday to remember 9/11. The memorial exhibit was planned to be on display until Jan. 2, 2022.

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