2018 Fort Atkinson Living History Weekend
Join us for Fort Atkinson Living History Weekend in October on October 6-7, 2018. Fort Atkinson hosts several living-history weekends a year that feature volunteers recreating the lives of the soldiers, artisans, and civilians that lived in and around the outpost. Interpretive hours are from 10am until 5pm on all living-history days.
Fort Atkinson, the first military post west of the Missouri River, is seven blocks east of U.S. Highway 75 near Fort Calhoun. A park entry permit is required for all vehicles entering the park and may be purchased at the park. A fee of $2 for ages 13 and up and $1 for ages 3-12 is required to enter the Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center.
It operated the first school, farm, sawmill, hospital and library in what decades later would be Nebraska. Years earlier, the Lewis and Clark expedition’s historic first meeting with American Indians was held on its bluff.
Life at an 1820s military post is depicted at this Fort Atkinson Living History Weekend in September and other Living History Weekends at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park that take place from May through September each year.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., volunteers will demonstrate period trades, such as blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing and coopering, and crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving. Members of the American Mountain Men group will have an encampment on the grounds, portraying the fur trappers who helped settle the region. There will be a presentation at 1 p.m. on both days by Mark W. Kelly, author of the book ““Lost Voices on the Missouri, John Dougherty and the Indian Frontier.”
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Fort Atkinson Living History Weekend in October.
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A candlelight tour of the fort is held each November and allows visitors to see the grounds in a different light while learning about historical events that took place at the fort.