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Living History Scheduled for May 4-5 at Fort Atkinson SHP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Life at an 1820s military post will be depicted at Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on May 4-5.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., volunteers will demonstrate period trades, such as blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing and coopering, and crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving. Members of the American Mountain Men group will have an encampment on the grounds, portraying the fur trappers who helped settle the region. There will be a presentation at 1 p.m. on both days by Mark W. Kelly, author of the book “Lost Voices on the Missouri, John Dougherty and the Indian Frontier.”

Fort Atkinson, the first military post west of the Missouri River, is seven blocks east of U.S. Highway 75 near Fort Calhoun. A park entry permit is required for all vehicles entering the park and may be purchased at the park. A fee of $2 for ages 13 and up and $1 for ages 3-12 is required to enter the Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center.

Contact the park for more information at 402-465-5611 or ngpc.fort.atkinson@nebraska.gov.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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