The Durham Museum


The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central presented by Steve Marantz*
Tuesday, February 18, 5:30PM Reception; 6:30PM Program
Join The Durham Museum for a special lecture presentation from Steve Marantz, author of The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the ’68 Racial Divide.

Hear the true story about Omaha Central’s ground-breaking basketball team, black awakening and rebellion and innocence lost in a watershed year. The drama of civil rights in 1968 plays out in this riveting social history of sports, politics, race and popular culture in the American heartland.

Steve Marantz is an Omaha Central graduate and the author of Sorcery at Caesars: Sugar Ray’s Marvelous Fight. A researcher for ESPN Content Development and E:60, and a coeditor of, he formerly covered sports, government and politics for the Kansas City Star, Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.

An Evening with the Smithsonian: The Apollo 8 Mission*
Thursday, March 13, 5:30PM Reception; 6:30PM Program
At the end of 1968, humans first ventured into deep space on the Apollo 8 mission, one of the greatest feats in the history of exploration. Join the National Air and Space Museum’s Dr. Michael Neufeld as he describes the drama of this historic mission that marked mankind’s first journey beyond Earth’s orbit in the closing days of 1968.

Dr. Neufeld is a curator in the Space History Department of the NASM in Washington, D.C. His distinguished career has included numerous appearances on the History Channel, PBS, NPR, the BBC and other foreign outlets.

A Look Back at 1968 Series*
Politics: Saturday, February 22; Thursday, February 27, 11AM
Sports: Saturday, March 8; Thursday, March 13, 11AM
Pop Culture: Saturday, March 22; Thursday, March 27, 11AM

Join The Durham Museum’s education staff as we explore the topics that made 1968 such an impactful year. From the civil rights struggle and assassinations of two of America’s most prominent figures to the debut of iconic TV shows, movies and consumer goods (remember your first Big Mac?), The Durham will reminisce and reexamine how the people, events and culture of 1968 have influenced future generations.


Tour Series: Up Close with 1968* 
Saturdays at 9AM from February 15 through May 3
Join selected area scholars for a special tour and commentary of The 1968 Exhibit each Saturday at 9AM, beginning February 15.

Educator Open House
Thursday, February 13, 4-6PM; Saturday, February 15, 9:30-11AM
Attention teachers! Interested in learning how you can take advantage of this extraordinary exhibition and enhance your students’ learning experience? Come preview the exhibition, learn about guided tours and programming opportunities for your class and see how The 1968 Exhibit complements state standards. This program is open to K-12, home school and university educators and teachers in a community organization setting. Reservations are required so please contact the Education Department at 402-444-5027 or click the button below.

’68: The Year Nebraska Mattered (NET)

Sunday, February 16, 2PM; Friday, February 28, 2PM
1968, one of the most turbulent years in American history, had a special impact on Nebraska politics. Never before had the state received so much attention from presidential candidates. This NET Television documentary weaves together recollections of those involved in the high energy events of the time, along with fascinating film collected by the Nebraska State Historical Society.

*Space is limited for lectures and tours, so please make reservations by contacting us at 402-444-5071 or Standard admission applies and museum members are free.