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Living History Scheduled Sept. 5-6 at Fort Atkinson SHP

LINCOLN – Life at an 1820s military post will be depicted at Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP) on Sept. 5-6.

Rooms in the fort will be open for viewing from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and interpreters in period clothing will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various skills and crafts of that time period. Demonstrations will include the trades of blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing and coopering, as well as crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving.

In addition, a military timeline activity will be held, in which groups and individuals will represent numerous eras of military history from the French and Indian War through the Vietnam War.

Fort Atkinson SHP, 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. Admittance to the Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 3-12.

Contact the park for more information at 402-468-5611 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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