Upcoming Events

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Making History Toys Workshop

April 13th, 10am-Noon

Ages 9-12, $15/$5 member
Try out toys that children played with 100 years ago and even before that, then make your own! Workshop participants will make Jacob’s Ladders, thaumotropes, and more. Participants can be dropped off and picked up at the Lueshen Bird Library in the southwest corner of the Museum. Registration is required, registration deadline is April 7th. Click Here for registration form.

"Orphan Train" Discovery Camp

April 13th, 1pm-4pm

Ages 5-12, $20/$15 member
Step into the past as history comes to life through games, crafts, and stories! Campers will explore the experiences of children who came west on the “orphan train.” Participants can be dropped off and picked up at the Lueshen Bird Library in the southwest corner of the Museum. Registration is required, registration deadline is April 7th. Click Here for registration form.

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Pioneers in the Spring History Discovery Camp Jr.

April 14th, 9am-Noon

Ages 5-8, $20/$15 member
Spring is here! Each season brought new activities for Nebraska pioneers. Experience what kinds of chores pioneer children would have had to do inside and outside the cabin. But pioneer children’s lives weren’t all work, campers will also learn old-time games and enjoy a home-made snack. Participants can be dropped off and picked up at the Lueshen Bird Library in the southwest corner of the Museum. Registration is required, registration deadline is April 7th. Click Here for registration form.

EGGcelent Nature Discovery Camp Jr.

April 14th, 1pm-4pm

Ages 5-8, $20/$15 member
All about eggs. Through songs, games, and crafts, campers will discover different kinds of eggs, from the cardinal or robin eggs that can be found in Verges Park to chocolate eggs in an Easter Egg hunt! Participants can be dropped off and picked up at the Lueshen Bird Library in the southwest corner of the Museum. Registration is required, registration deadline is April 7th. Click Here for registration form.

Cabin Fever Speaker Series: Riding the Orphan Train Presented by Charlotte Endorf

April 15th, 2pm

Charlotte Endorf traveled more than 15,000 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendants to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929. Dressed in period attire, she entertains and educates audiences of all ages about this little known Nebraska history. She found she was related to an Orphan Train rider after thousands of miles of speaking about the subject. Could you be too? Charlotte wrote four books, produced two DVDs and a CD about this subject. She took an actual 94-year-old Orphan Train rider to New York City to open her records that dated back to 1917. The rider, who lived to be 100, traveled about 100,000 miles with her as she spoke. She was one of the last of the Orphan Train riders Charlotte knew, and is sorry to note that she died in 2014.
Included with Museum Admission.

A Night at the Museum: Roaring '20s Speakeasy Event

April 27th, 6:30pm-9pm

Elkhorn Valley Museum Presents:
A Night at the Museum: Roaring ’20s Speakeasy Event
Featuring prohibition era…
Music * Hors D’oeuvres * Drinks * Dancing * Silent Auction
Roaring ’20s attire is encouraged

Proceeds support Elkhorn Valley Museum programming.
Use the Lueshen Bird Library Entrance at the Elkhorn Valley Museum, 515 Queen City Blvd.

$40 per person
Tickets are available from EVM board members or at the Elkhorn Valley Museum

Arbor Day

April 28th, 5pm-7pm

Enjoy tree and nature activities in the Lueshen Bird Library in the southwest corner of the Elkhorn Valley Museum. Free.

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Mother's Day Tea with Dolly & Me

May 13th, 1pm-3pm

A tea party stirred up with some history and fun! Children are invited to bring their doll and a mother or grandmother to this afternoon tea. Since the early Nebraska pioneer children, children have practiced their afternoon tea skills with their dolls. This afternoon tea is inspired by children’s tea parties in the pioneer days through the mid1900s. Participants are encouraged to dress up, including gloves and hats! Participants will help prepare tea, lemonade, sandwiches, and cookies, and enjoy games and crafts before sitting down for tea. Activities are geared toward children ages 6-10.

$25 for each child/adult pair. Members receive a 10% discount. Registration required, space is limited. Registration deadline May 6th.

Dederman Cabin & Schoolhouse Open

May 20th, 2pm-4:30pm

Visit EVM’s Dederman Cabin & Dederman Schoolhouse located in Verges Park, directly behind the museum building. Included with Museum Admission.

EVM Annual Meeting Potluck

June 8th, 6:30pm

Elkhorn Valley Museum members are invited to a potluck dinner at the museum. Museum staff will give a presentation on the past year’s activity followed by an excerpt from EVM’s outreach program. Board members will provide main dishes. If your last name begins with A-L, please bring a side dish. If your last name begins with M-Z, please bring a dessert!
This is a members-only event. (not a member? Click here for to join!) FREE

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Nature Discovery Camp

June 6th-9th, 9am-Noon

Ages 5-8, $85/$70 members
What animals and plants live in Verges Park? Each day, campers will learn all about a different animal. Through books, crafts, songs, and games, campers will explore what each animal looks like, what it eats, where it lives, and more! Camp meets Tuesday through Friday, 9am-Noon. Registration required. 2017 EVM Summer Discovery Camp Registration