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Solar Eclipse Watch at Heritage Park

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Don’t be in the dark alone for the upcoming spectacular solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. The Henderson Mennonite Heritage park is hosting a viewing party that you won’t want to miss! 

Viewers at the park will be able to experience a 360-degree sunrise during the eclipse and viewing time is calculated to be 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Heartland students will be conducting eclipse science centers during the morning on the grounds and viewers will be instructed about when it is safe to view the total eclipse without solar glasses.

Here’s some important information you need to know if you plan on coming out to the Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park for the viewing of the solar eclipse. Since a large number of visitors are anticipated for this historical event, pre-purchase for the meal and picking up of the viewing glasses is encouraged making the viewing day much more hassle-free.

Come out to the Heritage park anytime from Tuesday-Saturday from 1:00-4:00 PM and you may pre-pay the $5 for the sloppy joe, chips, cookie & drink lunch served the day of the eclipse. Viewing glasses are included in the price for the lunch. If you are not able to stop by the park for the pre-purchase, guests from far away are to call 402-694-8669 for information on where to send their money, making sure everyone attending that day will have a meal and glasses for the event.

Parking will be provided offsite just two lots south of the park at the Bob Pankratz property. Cars will only be allowed into the park’s main entrance for drop off of items and visitors and then directed to the parking site. The offsite parking is within walking distance, but shuttle service will be provided. Bring your own chairs and blankets to make the viewing experience more comfortable. 

The park will be open at 9:00 AM and coffee & pastries will be available for purchase. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:00 AM, and the eclipse should begin at approximately 11:35 AM, with the total solar eclipse beginning at 1:00 PM, lasting 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Paid tours of the Heritage Park will be available from 1:00-4:00 PM the day of the eclipse. For more information, call Suzanne at 402-723-4252.  The Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park is located 1 1/2 miles south of I-80 exit #342.

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