Fairbury City Museum Celebrates Sesquicentennial with Robert Diffendal

FAIRBURY – The Fairbury community gathered together to celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday by viewing an educational speech from Research Geologist and former Professor Robert Diffendal.

Diffendal spoke about Native American Mound Builders at the Fairbury City Museum.

He drew some laughs when he said, “I’m not an archaeologist, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.”

As a former professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Diffendal specializes in the geology of western and north-central Nebraska, Upper Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic geology, mostly in Nebraska, and invertebrate fossils.

“There were peoples in the southwestern United States, some of whom were traveling to other places, and things that they learned they passed on. People who were living in the southeastern United States were going the other way and passing on things, so there was a connection and everybody knew everything,” stated Diffendal.

Nebraska celebrated their 150th birthday on March 1st of this year.


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