Nebraska City’s museums are pulling out all the stops for the upcoming AppleJack festival.  Here’s a look at the special events that have been announced thus far:

Civil War Veterans Museum at GAR Hall
The Civil War Veterans Museum at G.A.R. Hall, 910 1st Corso, will host a replica of the Civil War submarine the CSS Hunley during AppleJack weekend.
The replica will be on display on 1st Corso in front of St. Mary's Episcopal Church during the festival.
Display hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Hunley is set to participate in the AppleJack Parade, so it will not be on display from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Hunley will also serve as the backdrop for a meet and greet event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday afternoon featuring the crew of the nuclear submarine the USS Nebraska.
Shredded beef sandwiches, chips, water and cookies will be available for freewill donations to Quilts of Valor and soldier care packages programs.
The original Hunley was discovered in 1995 after going missing for 131 years after it sank in 1864 following a naval battle in which it sunk the Union sloop, the USS Housatonic, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. This made it the first submarine to sink a U.S. warship.
The sub was brought to the surface and has been painstakingly cleaned and preserved for future generations.
The Hunley was originally commissioned in 1863. It sank twice during trials in Charleston Harbor. In the first sinking, five crewmen were lost, while eight more died in the second sinking. The sub's final sinking in 1864 took the lives of eight additional crewmen.

Kregel Factory Windmill Museum
Darrel Draper will lead off the 2018 Fall Speaker Series, hosted by the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum.
Draper will perform his one-man show, “Daniel Freeman: America’s First Homesteader.” 
Hear  Freeman’s amazing story as  Draper portrays “Old Number One” in full costume.
It is a Chautauqua-style, humorous and historically factual account of America’s first homesteader and the impact of the Homestead Act in settling the West.
The program is recommended for ages 10 to adult.
The free program will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the museum, located at 1416 Central Ave.

Mayhew Cabin and John Brown Cave
Mayhew Cabin and John Brown Cave, 2012 4th Corso, will host Critter Close-Ups animal education programs for AppleJack weekend.
Critters will featured in special shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The Critter Close-Ups shows are included with the regular paid admission to the museum,
In addition, we will have special hours for AppleJack weekend. The museum will open at 10 a.m. both days.
MRB-Lewis and Clark Center
The MRB-Lewis And Clark Center, 100 Valmont Dr.,  will host the annual Lewis & Clark Reunion during AppleJack weekend.
Reunion events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday will include living history re-enactors being on duty at the center, as well as a hides and pelts interactive demonstration by Shirley Enos.
Mary Langhorst will  present an earth lodge interpretive program, and Ty Thornnock will discuss wood tool carving.
Finally, Butch “Mr. Keelboat” Bouvier will present a program on river navigation both days.
Reunion events will be free and open to the public.
The center will also host authors Chris Hodges and Gary Moulton in special presentations.
Hodges will be available from 10 a.m. to noon both days to discuss and sign copies of “Colter’s West Wind,” while Moulton will be on hand at 3 p.m. Saturday to sign “Lewis and Clark Day by Day.”

Wildwood Historic Center
The Wildwood Historic Center, 420 Steinhart Park Rd., will be site of two special events during AppleJack weekend.
The first event will take place in the Victorian garden (weather permitting). It will feature the opportunity for children to make-and-take a pinch pot from air-dried clay.
Clay will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the event of rain, this event will move to the Wildwood classroom.
The second event will be the display of collections from members of the J. Sterling Morton Questers No. 1021 throughout the house during the weekend.
Call 402-873-6340 for more information.
Wildwood is one of two Nebraska City stops on the 2018 Nebraska Passport program.
In the Art Barn, the Wildwood Weavers will have their handiwork featured during AppleJack.