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Final Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP

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Dean Slader, a volunteer from the Friends of Fort Atkinson, demonstrates his craft as blacksmith.

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s final Living History event of the 2014 season will be held October 4 and 5. Visitors will witness this 1820’s Military Post come alive as volunteer interpreters portray the daily activities of soldiers and civilians as they prepare for the upcoming winter.

In addition to normal activities portrayed, such as military demonstrations, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, coopering, carpentry and textile trades, Omaha’s Old Dominion Dance group will present three period-style dances on Saturday, and on Sunday, Matt Jones will give a presentation on the Treaties with the Oto Tribe. The Treaty presentation will take place at 1 p.m. in the Visitor Center theater.

Fort Atkinson SHP is located in Fort Calhoun, 7 blocks east of Highway 75 on Madison Street. A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required and can be purchased at the site. A per person charge of $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 3-12 is required to tour the Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center. For further information, please contact the Fort at 402-468-5611 or ngpc.fort.atkinson@nebraska.gov.

Updates and schedule will be posted on the Nebraska Metro Parks Facebook page. For more information on the Friends of Fort Atkinson, please visit: fortatkinsononline.org.

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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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