Nebraska: 150th Anniversary

The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum Celebrates Nebraska’s 150th Birthday With a New Exhibit and a Day Full of Activities

ASHLAND, NE (February 13, 2017) – The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum celebrates Nebraska’s 150th birthday on March 11, 2017 with an event and exhibit.  The event features a keynote speaker, local high school bands, Get Smart Kool-Aid science workshop, a taste of Nebraska foods, and an exhibit opening.

Nebraska 150 Aerospace is a new exhibit highlighting significant contributions of Nebraskans over 150 years of aerospace history.  The exhibit includes an historic timeline from WWII through the Cold War and features the Wright Brothers, Savage Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Martin Bomber Plant, Tuskegee Airmen, Nebraska WASPS, Doolittle Raiders and others. The 30-foot linear display is portable so the museum can utilize it for public education engagements after the Nebraska 150 Aerospace celebration.  


The Event

The celebration on March 11, 2017 begins at 10:00 a.m. in the ConAgra theater with keynote speaker Vince Goeres, author of “Wings Over Nebraska.” Click here to register.

Goeres is a Nebraska aviation enthusiast and started flying at age 16.  He is a volunteer for the Nebraska State Historical Society.  His 18-chapter pictorial book includes Nebraska’s early pilots, Nebraska’s only World War I flying ace, Orville Ralston, the Lincoln Aviation and Flying School, air shows and stunt flying, Nebraska’s World War II air bases, and many other stories of Nebraska’s role in the development of aviation.

Following the keynote presentation, the museum will unveil the Nebraska 150 Aerospace exhibit.  Local high school and middle school bands will play from 11:30 to 2 p.m. and the museum will have additional family fun activities from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Get Smart Saturday

The museum’s monthly Get Smart Saturday workshop begins at 10 a.m. and will focus on Nebraska with Kool-Aid & Science. The Get Smart Saturday workshops require advance registration and cost $7.00 per participant.

The Nebraska 150 Aerospace event and exhibit are part of general admission: $12 adults, $11 military and seniors, $6 youth 3-12. Guests should register in advance for the 10:00 a.m. keynote presentation as the theater has a limited number of seats. Register online at