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Living History Scheduled for May 2-3 at Fort Atkinson SHP

LINCOLN – Life at an 1820s military post will be depicted at Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on May 2-3.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors are encouraged to interact with volunteers demonstrating period trades such as blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing and coopering, as well as crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving. Visitors also may experience life at a fort’s school and learn about the archaeology of the site. Various military demonstrations take place over the weekend. On May 3 at 1 p.m., Dr. Lawrence J. Lee will give a presentation on his book “The Coins of Fort Atkinson,” a work about the more than 120 coins and “bit pieces” excavated at the site over the years and what information they provide.

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. An additional fee is required for 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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