More than three centuries of Nebraska history during the Plains Indian Wars are the subject of a presentation by Jeff Barnes at the Neihardt State Historic Site in Bancroft on Sunday, February 27. Admission is free for the 2 p.m. program. Mandatory masks.

“Contact and Conflict: The Monumental History of Nebraska and the Indian Wars,” by historian Jeff Barnes, is a chronological account of the meetings of Native Americans and European/Americans in Nebraska, from peace to war, as commemorated in historical monuments and markers. These places of interaction include explorations, trading posts and missions, military forts and battles, and include contemporary recognition of significant individuals during conflict.

“For a state as relatively young as Nebraska, it is remarkable that landmark events between these cultures occurred half a century before the declaration of independence,” Barnes said. “History continued to be made here as cultures continued to meet, and the way these meetings were commemorated and the way we mark them today is remarkable in itself.”

The presentation is in conjunction with Barnes’ latest book, “Cut in Stone, Cast in Bronze: Nebraska’s Historical Markers and Monuments.”

“These contact points are marked all over Nebraska, in some places familiar to many but in other places that are remote and rarely seen,” Barnes said. “With the “social distancing” we are encouraged to adopt, seeing these landmarks in natural settings that haven’t changed much is a great Nebraska weekend adventure.”


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