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Schedule shortened for re-enactments at Fort Robinson

CRAWFORD, Neb. – One of the two groups of re-enactors scheduled to demonstrate infantry and cavalry maneuvers and provide educational demonstrations at Fort Robinson State Park this week has been forced to cancel because of a family emergency.

The activities will go on as scheduled Thursday, July 19, but there will be not demonstrations on Friday or Saturday, July 20-21.

On Thursday, the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard of Fort Riley, Kansas, will demonstrate horse drills, use of jumps, sabers, period pistols and period rifles. Troopers and horses of the unit are outfitted in the uniforms and equipment from the Civil War and Indian Wars. Soldiers are detailed from the ranks of units assigned to Fort Riley and receive instruction from manuals used by Civil War and Indian Wars cavalrymen.

The special unit is visiting Fort Robinson for the first time and will incorporate the history of Fort Robinson from the Indian Wars when it was designated as a U.S. Army Remount Station.

The Fremont Pathfinders, which had demonstrations planned for Friday and Saturday are no longer scheduled to appear.

Thursday’s activities are free and open to the public but vehicles must have a Nebraska Park Entry Permit, available online at outdoornebraska.org or at the park. Attendees may want to bring lawn chairs.

The staging area in the Buffalo Soldier Barracks will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for park visitors to meet with and learn from the re-enactors and soldiers.

The program is being sponsored by the Fort Robinson History Center in cooperation with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. For more information, contact Janell Keyser of the History Center at 308-665-2919.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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