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Fort Hartsuff SHP to Host Historic Firearms Display

GunsFort Hartsuff State Historic Park, in conjunction with the Grand Army of the Frontier (GAF), will present “The Timeline of American Military Firearms 1860-1990” on October 4 and 5 , 2014.

Visitors will view a collection of original and reproduced firearms that were used by the American military, beginning with the muzzleloading firearms of the Civil War to the more modern weapons utilized in Desert Storm. GAF members dressed in period uniforms along with Col. Jerry Davenport, Department of the Missouri Commander and Lt. Col. Dale Beethe, will be on hand each day to speak with fort visitors about the display’s history and to answer questions. In addition, the pair will present an in-depth look on the evolution of military firearms at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Historical author and speaker Jeff Barnes will also be available on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. to talk about his book The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill in the enlisted men’s barracks. This program is sponsored in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council and Friends of Fort Hartsuff.

Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park is located 3 miles northwest of Elyria, NE on Fort Avenue. All vehicles must display a valid park permit.

For more information, please contact Jerry Davenport at (308)214-0082 or contact the park at (308) 346-4715.

About Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

NEBRASKAland Associate Editor Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and moved to the United States with her parents in 1992. She graduated from Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, California, in 2008 and completed her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 2012. Wheatley was editor-in-chief for her high school newspaper and continued to write in college, freelancing for various publications, the Tiger Woods Foundation and writing for her blog FoodForHunters.com. After graduating college, she moved to Nebraska in early 2013 to join the Commission as Regional Editor at NEBRASKAland Magazine. She then became associate editor in 2015. Wheatley enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and wild game cooking.

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