Exhibit Changes at the Monument
There is a new temporary exhibit in the visitor center at Scotts Bluff National Monument and an older exhibit is off for repairs.
When the monument was working on the Trail Management Plan in 2012, students from the UNL Landscape Architecture, Ecological Design Studio played an important role. They walked the proposed trails and put together presentations for the public. One tool they made for the public meetings was a model of the monument to better show their ideas for trails. That model is now on display in the visitor center. It is a great way to see the whole monument and gain an appreciation for the diversity of the land within its boundaries. Made of chipboard and lots of glue, the model was made in six sections. Labels have been affixed to the model to help visitors orient themselves and find different features.
There is something missing along the Oregon Trail: the Conestoga wagon is off to be refurbished. The wagon was purchased in 1973 by the Oregon Trail Museum Association and has served as a focal point along trail for countless visitors. Unfortunately, it has also weathered many hot, dry summers and cold, windy winters that have not been kind to the oak and iron that make up the majority of the wagon. Werner Wagon Works of Horton, Kansas will replace many components that have deteriorated or are missing and then paint it in traditional national colors. The wagon is expected to be back sometime in April.