Kearney Goes To War

News Release Date: 
May 23, 2016

For Immediate Release
‘Kearney Goes To War’ airs on NET May 29

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 23, 2016) – “Kearney Goes to War: Remembering the Homefront” will be broadcast statewide at 6 p.m. CT, Sunday, May 29, on NET Television.  The documentary tells the story of the Kearney Army Airfield during World War II and the work of University of Nebraska at Kearney student researchers using modern digital archiving to bring history to light.

The 30-minute documentary, produced by UNK Assistant Professor of Communications Jacob Rosdail, features on-camera interviews about the almost-forgotten airfield built in 1942 and how it impacted the Kearney area and the war effort. Active for a decade, the base attracted thousands of people to central Nebraska for training before combat in Europe and the Pacific.

The film features materials drawn from the collections of the Buffalo County Historical Society and the Trails and Rails Museum in Kearney. Jeff Wells, assistant professor of history at UNK, directed the digitization efforts with students from the history department which included audio files from a reunion at the airfield in 1988.

In honor of Memorial Day, NET is also broadcasting “Homecoming: The Impact on Nebraska Veterans,” at 6:30 p.m. CT, and the “National Memorial Day Concert,” live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, at 7 p.m. CT, on Sunday, May 29.

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