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Ak-Sar-Ben: A Good Place to Race
January 21 - May 28, 2017
Catch a glimpse of one of the nation’s premiere racing tracks of yesteryear.  Ak-Sar-Ben: A Good Place to Race explores the sprawling field and track that brought racegoers and horsemen from across the Midwest to compete in Omaha. Through both photographs and objects from The Durham’s collection, see the excitement, learn of the legends and connect to the memory of this unique ‘only in Omaha’ story.


Zoo Revolution: The '70s at The Henry Doorly Zoo
January 21 - May 7, 2017
Zoo Revolution celebrates the habitat advancements of The Henry Doorly Zoo. In the 1970s, public support for natural animal enclosures encouraged nationwide changes to animal environments in zoos. Using a series of photographs from The Durham’s Photo Archive, this local focus project illustrates how Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo acted ahead of its time in placing an emphasis on conservation, research programming and improving the quality of life for its animals.


Through the Perilous Fight: “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Civil War

January 21 - June 18, 2017
Learn, through materials from the Byron Reed Collection, the history of how America selected its national anthem. Discover how the song motivated both Confederate and Union soldiers and how each side sought to use it to inspire support for its cause. In one such instance, Oliver Wendell Holmes added a new verse that politicized the anthem to be anti-slavery. Following the Civil War, the Star-Spangled Banner came to illustrate the shared ideals of a united country.


Orchestrating a Nation: Musical Nationalism in the Nineteenth-Century
January 21 - June 18, 2017
Featuring original documents from the Byron Reed Collection, Orchestrating a Nation illustrates how music brings the many different people of one country together. Nations represented in this exhibit include Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway and Austria. Each object illustrates how the composer connected the listener to something unique about their culture and inspired feelings of patriotism.