More than three centuries of Nebraska history during the Plains Indian Wars and its commemoration on historic monuments is the subject of a presentation from the Keene Memorial Library in Fremont at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.

“Contact and Conflict: The Monumental Story of Nebraska and the Indian Wars” by historian Jeff Barnes is a chronological account of Native American and European American encounters in Nebraska, from peace to war, as commemorated in monuments and historical markers. These memos from the past mark councils, trade and military posts, treaty sites, battles and massacres from the various Plains cultures.

“Nebraskans’ interest and pride in their history is evident in dozens of these markers and monuments across the state, which we continue to place today,” Barnes said in a press release.

The presentation is in conjunction with Barnes’ latest book, “Cut in Stone, Cast in Bronze: Nebraska’s Historical Markers and Monuments.” Sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation, the book is a comprehensive, full-color guide to the nearly 300 monuments, statues, markers, and plaques erected and placed throughout the state, from the territory to the 1967 centennial in commemoration of historic events, of places, and people. In addition to photographs of the markers and the history behind them, Barnes has included locations and GPS coordinates to enable visits to the site.

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Barnes is also the author of “Forts of the Northern Plains”, “The Great Plains Guide to Custer”, “The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill”, “Extra Innings: The Story of Modisett Ball Park” and “150 @ 150 : Nebraska’s Iconic Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial.

A fifth-generation Nebraska and former journalist and editor, Barnes writes and lives in Omaha. He is a former trustee of the Nebraska State Historical Society, former chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and former marketing director of the Durham Museum.

For more information about the event, contact Elisa Cruz at the Keene Memorial Library (402-727-2694).


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