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Learn about War of 1812 at Fort Atkinson SHP event June 2-3

LINCOLN, Neb. – The War of 1812 and its connection to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park will be the theme of a living history event June 2-3.

Two displays will be available at the Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center. “The War of 1812” display from the Archives of Ontario in Toronto is on loan to Fort Atkinson until October. Also on display will be “War on the Sea: The Naval War of 1812,” from the Naval Museum in Washington D.C.

War of 1812 veterans will be honored at the Monument to the Deceased. More than 30 of those veterans once were stationed at the fort. A display book of the military records of those men will be compiled and put in the Visitor Center. Records will be obtained from the National Archives.

Fort Atkinson, the first military post west of the Missouri River, is located seven blocks east of U.S. Highway 75 near Fort Calhoun. A park entry permit is required. Admittance to the 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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