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Celebrate state parks centennial at Rock Creek Station Natural History Day

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn some history, gain some knowledge on resource management and celebrate state parks on May 8 at Natural History Day at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting the event, which is open to the public and part of the state parks centennial celebration. Landowners and conservationists are encouraged to attend. The event will feature eight 45-minute hikes on natural history, land and game species management, geology and history from …

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Aug. 17 Rock Creek Station living history event to showcase everyday life in 1864

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LINCOLN, Neb. – At a special living history event on Aug. 17 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park, living historians from across the country will reenact the daily life of the site in 1864. During “A Walk Back in Time,” living historians will inhabit the park’s reconstructed road ranch, demonstrating haying, carpentry, blacksmithing, stock tending, and running a mid-19th century Overland Trail road ranch in Nebraska Territory. Several living historians will be traveling in from out of state, from …

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State historical park events to feature Miss V, the Gypsy Cowbelle

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Three upcoming events at Nebraska state historical parks will feature programs by a unique guest: Miss V, the Gypsy Cowbelle. Through song and stories, Miss V will relate a blend of historical events and early homesteading. As a performer, Miss V brings a unique personal perspective: she has lived in a cabin without electricity and running water for 14 years in Wyoming. “She can relate her own experience to that of the early homesteaders,” said Fort Kearny …

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Rock Creek Trail Days Set for June 4-5

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LINCOLN – Enjoy living history demonstrations at the annual Rock Creek Trail Days on June 4-5 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. Starting at 9 a.m. both days, living history reenactors will demonstrate blacksmithing, basket weaving, flint knapping and horse shoeing. Black powder gun demonstrations, Pony Express runs and skirmish reenactments also will be held periodically. Participants are also invited to a buffalo stew cookout at 7 p.m. on June 4, with entertainment by Dave Marsh, presenting the “Music …

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Rock Creek Station Hosting Youth Fishing Instructor Certification

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LINCOLN – Learn to teach youth and families the lifelong activity of fishing by becoming certified as a youth fishing instructor. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will conduct this free workshop Feb. 13 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park near Fairbury from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Youth fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to the Commission’s loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well as …

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Relive History at Rock Creek Station SHP on Labor Day Weekend

LINCOLN – Visit Rock Creek Station State Historical Park on Labor Day weekend and watch the history of that area unfold. On Aug. 30-Sept. 1, re-enactors will portray August 1864, when the area was gripped by an Indian uprising. The re-enactors will depict a first-person account of the fear and gossip that spread through the settlements and road ranches in the Rock Creek area 150 years ago. The uprising has shut down the overland trail used by immigrants and freighters, …

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Join Native Plant Field Trip to Rock Glen

LINCOLN – Explore the steep hills and valleys, sandstone outcrops and sandy soils of Rock Glen Wildlife Management Area and Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (SHP) during a native plant field trip July 12. Join Nebraska Game and Parks Commission botanist Gerry Steinauer in a trip to Jefferson County sponsored by the Nebraska Native Plant Society. According to Steinauer, “This rough topography has saved from the plow several thousand acres of oak woodland and tallgrass prairie, including one of …

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Rock Creek Trail Days June 1-2

LINCOLN, Neb. – Several historical interpretations, re-enactments and displays are scheduled for Rock Creek Trail Days, June 1-2 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. Rock Creek Station was established in 1857 along the Oregon and California trails. It was a supply center and resting spot for westward emigrants and later became a Pony Express relay station. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission developed it as a state historical park in 1980. Activities will include black powder gun demonstrations, cowboy …

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