African-American Pioneers in Nebraska & a Honeymoon on the Trail

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Date: June 23, 2015

(GERING, NE) Each year the monument and the Oregon Trail Museum Association host a speaker from Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. On Saturday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m., Vicki Troxell-Harris will present "African-American Pioneers and Entrepreneurs of Nebraska". African-American doctors, barbers, music teachers and innovative and prosperous orchard owners are some of the people who come to life in this presentation. Harris collected many oral histories while researching African-American settlements in Nebraska. Through her scholarship, Nebraska history has a fascinating new chapter.

Can you imagine spending your honeymoon on the Oregon Trail? Follow the adventures of Thomas and Berrilla Denney as they trek across the continent. Although their journey was in many ways as normal as many others, they did have a few unusual incidents. Join Ranger Beth Rothenberger as she uses family accounts to bring their travels to life in "A Journey of Change" on Sunday, June 28 at 3:00 p.m.

What flowers are blooming at the monument? Join a ranger each Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to find out which flowers are blooming and what they have been used for historically. Check at the visitor center for the location of each week's program.

The programs are free with a valid park entrance pass.

The Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The summit road is open from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.All monument trails are open from sunrise until sunset.Please inquire about the Scotts Bluff National Monument Annual Pass, valid for entrance to Scotts Bluff National Monument for a year from purchase.Additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules may be obtained at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700.

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Last updated: June 23, 2015

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