Nebraska Star Party and More

Nebraska Stories

Air Date: 03/28/2019

“Nebraska Star Party” “It’s a celestial celebration like no other in the country. The 25th year of the Nebraska Star Party welcomed people from all over the country to some of the darkest skies in the nation. At Merritt Reservoir in Valentine, young and old, novices and well-versed veteran stargazers gathered to witness the night sky as it was seen before the invention of the lightbulb. This multi-day event draws hobbyists who seek to escape light pollution in the sanctity of the Sandhills.” “The Hat Maker” There are around 60 custom hat makers in the United States and one lives in the heart of the Sandhills. Using antique tools and machinery, Kaycee Orr Hoffman is a master of her craft. She’ll build any hat you’d like, but her cowboy hats are among the finest made - bar none. “Kindergarten Grandma” Charlotte Miller of Lincoln has been involved with education all her life. She’s a former teacher and teacher’s aide. Now, at 88-years-old, Charlotte is still in the classroom, volunteering for an hour a week with kindergarten students at Elliott Elementary in Lincoln. She’s passing on her love for learning to a new generation of students. “Jazz Reunion” Jazz greats reunite for a special performance celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. “A Safer Game” With the growing concern over the impact of concussions on football players, Omaha high schools are employing new technology to help keep students safe on the field. See how coaches are using science on the playing field to learn how to better protect their athletes from injury.