GRAND ISLAND — The founder of the Hastings Museum loved archaeology, if not record-keeping, Teresa Kreutzer-Hodson said during the quarterly meeting of the Nebraska Archaeological Society Saturday at the Grand Island Public Library.
During his career, Albert Brooking spent much of his life gathering artifacts and human remains before founding the Hastings Museum.
“He was very interested in American Indian artifacts,” said Kreutzer-Hodson, the museum’s curator of collections.
Born and raised in Funk, Kreutzer-Hodson said Brooking didn’t have many opportunities for digging. Instead, he turned to taxidermy and traveled the country, working in a variety of jobs, including opthamologist and train pullman. Despite the different positions, Brooking “would never lose his interest in American Indian artifacts,” she said.