Fur Trade in Nebraska

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Date: June 1, 2017

Humanities Nebraska speaker Darrel W. Draper will present “Nebraska: Crossroads of the Western Fur Trade” on Saturday, June 3 in the visitor center at 3:00 pm.

This humorous, one-hour presentation, composed from literature, is an entertaining and amusing summary of the history of the fur trade, including trading companies, personalities and the achievements of fur traders and mountain men who lived in or passed through Nebraska. This tabloid-style review of the oddities and ironies of the industry has been carefully researched but is humorously presented in a sensationalized style. It recounts some of the bizarre happenings that resulted in the most important discoveries of land and routes enabling the U.S. to claim and populate the West.

“Nebraska: Crossroads of the Western Fur Trade” is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation.

The Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center is open daily 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, while the Summit Road is open 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. The Monument grounds are open sunrise to sunset.

Further information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules can be obtained at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700 or by visiting our website at https://www.nps.gov/scbl/index.htm or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnps.


Last updated: June 1, 2017

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