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Bravo! June 2010 Nature Unleashed

Discover the Power of Earth’s Forces

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Over billions of years, our planet has been shaped by the dynamic forces that are still operating today. Soon visitors to The Durham Museum will be able to explore these natural forces at a new exhibition entitled Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters. Created by Chicago’s Field Museum, the exhibition focuses on four types of disasters: earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Nature Unleashed examines the science behind the history and headlines and illustrates how much we know and how much we are still learning about nature’s terrifying power.



Visitors are in for a memorable and powerful experience. They can witness what it’s like to stand inside a roaring tornado; trigger an underwater earthquake and simulate a tsunami; create a virtual volcano; touch and examine real rock and lava specimens that tell of past geologic events; discover how people adapt to living at risk; and be inspired by the resiliency of disaster survivors.

The exhibition stresses that storms, volcanoes and other forces of nature are completely natural phenomena. Whether they’re disasters or not depends on the choices we make. Nature Unleashed examines how we can prepare for, and in some cases minimize, the impact of nature’s fury.

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters will be on display at The Durham Museum May 22 through September 12, 2010. This exhibition and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. The national tour sponsor is Allstate. Sponsored locally by Valmont Industries, Inc., the Durham Foundation, the Douglas County Commissioners, First National Bank, Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc., and the Durham Society.

The Durham will also explore significant storms that occurred right here in Nebraska. Every year, Nebraska endures severe weather of all kinds: destructive tornadoes, blinding snow storms, and pounding rains. Some years are worse than others.

We Lived It: Nebraska Storm Stories chronicles the 1948/1949 blizzard, 1952 flood, and 1975 Omaha tornado. In a partnership with Nebraska Life Magazine and WOWT, The Durham Museum has gathered stories and objects from witnesses to these events to create a unique and inspiring exhibition that is told through first person accounts. We Lived It: Nebraska Storm Stories will be on display May 29 through August 29, 2010.

The Grand Canyon is wild and unforgiving. But it is also one of the most stunning landscapes on Earth – a place for recreation, reflection and reverence. Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography explores this beauty of this region through the eyes of photographers.

Featuring 60 color photographs, Lasting Light reveals the dedication of those who have attempted to capture the Grand Canyon on film from the earliest days to modern times. Covering nearly 125 years of photographic history, the exhibition includes images of early photographers dangling from cables to get the perfect shot, their cumbersome camera equipment balanced precariously on their shoulders. More modern images are bold and dramatic, revealing the canyon’s capricious weather, its flora and fauna, waterfalls and wading pools, and awe-inspiring cliffs and rock formations. The stunning contemporary images were selected by representatives from Eastman Kodak’s Professional Photography Division and National Geographic.

Lasting Light was created by the Grand Canyon Association and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Sponsored by Mary and John Wilson, the exhibition will be on display at The Durham Museum from June 19th through September 12th, 2010.

About The Durham Museum
The Durham Museum, making its home in Omaha’s beautiful art deco Union Station, is home to permanent exhibits that preserve Omaha’s vibrant history, traveling exhibits covering subjects ranging from history and culture, to science and industry, and many entertaining, educational, family-oriented activities. The Durham Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and has strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives, and the Field Museum.

Admission is free for members and children age 2 and under;
$7 for adults; $6 for seniors; and $5 for children 3-12.
For information about The Durham Museum please visit
the museum’s Web site at www.durhammuseum.org.

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