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2010.10.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Criss Library Welcomes Hagel Artifacts in Latest Exhibition

Omaha - Historic photographs and artifacts from the offices of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel are on display at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery inside Criss Library on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus Thursday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 19.

The exhibition – A Senator’s Walls: A Selection of Photographs and Artifacts from the Offices of Senator Chuck Hagel – features more than 300 items from Hagel’s offices in Washington, DC; Omaha; Lincoln; Kearney; and Scottsbluff. The items on display include photographs, awards, gifts, cartoons, newspapers and magazines, presenting a visual history of the senator’s activities during his two, six-year terms in office.

UNO and the public are invited to tour the exhibition for free during Criss Library’s regular hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to midnight. The gallery is located on the main floor of Criss Library on the UNO campus. Criss Library is just west of the UNO bell tower.

“To have the papers of Senator Hagel available to the residents of Nebraska is exciting and important in and of itself,” said Audrey DeFrank, Criss Library acting dean. “But having his papers at UNO means that our students, faculty and staff will have access to primary documents of international importance easily available at Criss Library for research and study.”

Hagel’s relationship with UNO was made stronger in October 2008 when Chancellor John Christensen announced that Hagel would donate his legislative papers and other artifacts during his time as a U.S. senator to the university’s Criss Library.

The collection, known as the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives, will open partially to researchers by 2012.

In addition to the donation, Hagel also serves as a distinguished professor at UNO, as well as at Georgetown University.

Hagel also serves as co-chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board; chairman of The Atlantic Council; a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board and Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future; and a member of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) board of directors.

The Hagel artifact exhibition at UNO kicks off during October, which is American Archives Month. This year’s theme is “I Found it in the Archives.”

Hagel was born in North Platte, Neb., in 1946. He graduated from the Brown Institute for Radio and Television in 1966, and from UNO in 1971. He served two terms in the U.S. Senate, from 1997 to 2008. During his time as a senator, Hagel served on the following committees: Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and the Select Committee on Intelligence.

For more information, call Criss Library at (402) 554-3206.

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