Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes
Part of New Historic Lecture Series

ASHLAND, NE – (April 17, 2018) The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum will hold a behind the scenes tour on May 19, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is part of a new speaker series offered at the Museum. The event includes a temporary display of aviation reconnaissance artifacts including reconnaissance analysis during the cold war and an opportunity to tour the curatorial archives to view rare artifacts from WWII through the cold war.

“The curatorial archives include thousands of items that are not part of any current exhibit,” said Mark Strehle, Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum curator.  “This is the first time we have opened the doors to our vast collection.”

Professor Don Costello from UNL will speak at 10 a.m. on how reconnaissance cryptography from the cold war plays a role in the future.

The rest of the schedule includes:
10 a.m.:  Presentation with Don Costello
11 a.m.:  Public “Museum” Tour
10 – 2 a.m.:  Curator Tour Through Archives

Costello has been in the field of computing for 50 years and has been at the University of Nebraska Lincoln for 35 of those years. He helped found both the computing science department and information technology services at UNL. He has provided research or consultation services for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the United Nations, and the World Bank. In recent years, Costello has been assisting both local and international firms and e-commerce start-ups using his expertise in software engineering as they specify, contract, and build todays mission critical systems.

The event and presentation are part of Museum general admissions. Advanced registration is not required.

Admission costs are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors or military, $6 for youth ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free.  The museum is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.