2017 Events

August

12th Ashfall Fossil & Artifact Identification Day (Ashfall Fossil Beds – Royal)
19th 13th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show (Seward County Fairgrounds – Seward)
20th The Skidi Pawnee: People of the Stars (Nebraska History Museum – Lincoln)
25th “Locking Horns: The Story of the Bison Skull Evolution” Interpretive Talk (Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford)


September

2nd-4th Hudson Meng Education and Research Open House (Hudson Meng Research and Visitor Center, Harrison/Chadron)
2nd-3rd – Fort Atkinson Archaeology Walking Tour (Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun)
9th Kennard House Archeology Open House and Dig (Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln)
10th History Hike at Fontenelle Forest (Fontenelle Forest, Omaha)
21st – Science Cafe: Nebraska Archaeology (Morrill Hall/Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln)
23rd Sand Hills Archaeology Presentation and Open House (Custer County Historical Society/Museum, Broken Bow)
24th Sand Hills Archaeology Presentation and Open House (Knight Museum, Alliance)
24th “Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian’s Palace” – AIA Norton Lecture(Omaha)
28th Archaeology Happy Hour (Code Beer Company, Lincoln)
30th Fort Atkinson Archaeology Walking Tour – Washington County Heritage Days (Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun)


October

1st Fort Atkinson Archaeology Walking Tour – Washington County Heritage Days (Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun)


Alliance

Sand Hills Archaeology Presentation and Open House – Artifact Identification

Date & Time: Sunday, September 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Avenue, Alliance, NE
Admission: Free
Nebraska State Historical Society Archeologist Rob Bozell will present on archaeological research in the Sand Hills at 1:30 p.m., with the public invited to bring in their private collections for identification. Check for more details as they become available.

Broken Bow

Sand Hills Archaeology Presentation and Open House – Artifact Identification

Date & Time: Saturday, September 23, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Custer County Historical Society/Museum, 445 South 9th Avenue
Admission: Free
Nebraska State Historical Society Archeologist Rob Bozell will present on archaeological research in the Sand Hills at 1:00 p.m., with the public invited to bring in their private collections for identification. Check for more details as they become available.

Crawford

“Locking Horns: The Story of the Bison Skull Evolution” – Interpretive Talk

Date & Time: Friday, August 25, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Soldier Creek Campground picnic shelter at Fort Robinson State Park
Admission: Free (Park Permit Required)
The Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center will host a free interpretive talk highlighting the difference between the ancient bison and the modern bison on Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Hudson-Meng Park Ranger Robyn Cloughley will discuss how researchers have been able to gain insight into bison behavior in differing environments based on the change in volume, shape, and length of bison horns over time.

Fort Calhoun

Archaeology at Fort Atkinson: A Walking Tour

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday, September 2-3, 11:00 a.m.
Location: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. 7th Street
Admission: Nebraska Park Entry Permit Required (Daily Permit – $5, Annual Permit – $25). Visitor Center – Adults-$2, Children-$1
A walking tour by Nolan Johnson (Nebraska State Historical Society Archaeologist) of archaeological excavations at Fort Atkinson will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Tour starts at the Powder Magazine on the Parade Ground. Coincides with a living-history weekend at Fort Atkinson, featuring volunteers recreating the lives of the soldiers, artisans, and civilians that lived in and around the outpost. Be sure to also check out the Archaeology Room for kids in the Northeast Quadrant of the Fort!

Archaeology at Fort Atkinson: A Walking Tour

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. 7th Street
Admission: Nebraska Park Entry Permit Required (Daily Permit – $5, Annual Permit – $25). Visitor Center – Adults-$2, Children-$1
A walking tour by Nolan Johnson (Nebraska State Historical Society Archaeologist) of archaeological excavations at Fort Atkinson will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Tour starts at the Powder Magazine on the Parade Ground. Coincides with Washington County Heritage Days, a celebration of agriculture and early settlement in Nebraska with learning demonstrations, games, food, and music. Be sure to also check out the Archaeology Room at Fort Atkinson for kids in the Northeast Quadrant of the Fort!

Harrison

Hudson Meng Bison Bone Bed – Labor Day Weekend Open House

Date & Time: Labor Day Weekend (September 2-4)
Location: Hudson Meng Bison Bone Bed Education and Research Center, Meng Dr, Harrison, NE 69346
Admission: Free to all events and admission fee waived!
Hudson Meng Bison Bone Bed – Labor Day Weekend Open House!
Saturday Sept. 2 events include:
• Bison Trail Hike led by Eric Alt and Emma Pickering, Hudson-Meng Park Rangers. This hike will start 10 a.m. at Toadstool Geologic Park and meander 3 miles to the HMERC. Along the way park rangers will talk about the geology of area and take you to perfect areas for photos. Make sure to bring water, sunscreen, wear proper shoe, and camera for hike. Call Hudson-Meng Front Desk by Friday, September 1 to RSVP.
• A flint-knapping demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., by Crawford native Dave Nixon, where spear points and knives will be made from of stone.
• An interpretive talk starting at 7 p.m. at Chadron State Park’s Trading Post featuring Faith Duncan, archaeologist and Passport in Time volunteer with the USDA Forest Service. Ms. Duncan’s topic of discussion is a mystery, much like the Hudson-Meng bone bed was before its discovery.
Sunday Sept. 3 events include:
• A second flint-knapping demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• A free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. provided by the Black Hills Parks and Forests Association and catered by the High Plains Homestead Cook Shack.
• An atlatl competition at 3 p.m., which is open to everyone and the top three placings will receive prizes.
Other weekend events include a “make your own atlatl” craft activity for kids aged 3 to 8, a photo slideshow showcasing the excavation and construction of the visitor center from 1990-1999, and the unveiling of the new Junior Archaeology booklet for children to complete and receive their archaeologist certificate. There will be a station where park rangers will be helping with rock or bone identification, so bring those rocks and bones you have laying around with you.

Lincoln

The Skidi Pawnee: People of the Stars

Date & Time: August 20th
Location: NSHS Nebraska History Museum
Admission: Free
Chief Pat Leading Fox of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma will share Skidi Pawnee creation stories and cosmology in advance of the 2017 Solar Eclipse! Learn more about the people who called Nebraska home for centuries and their view of the world. Reception to follow presentation. This presentation is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Kennard House Archeology Open House and Dig

Date & Time: September 9th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Nebraska State Historical Society
Admission: Free
Celebrate Archaeology Month with the Nebraska State Historical Society at Nebraska’s Statehood Memorial! Meet NSHS Archeologists and check out open excavation units in the back yard of the Kennard House. Have you ever found something interesting? Bring it and an archeologist will help you identify your treasure. More activities to be announced – check back for more information. No reservations necessary, just drop in!

Science Cafe: Nebraska Archaeology

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Morrill Hall (south of 14th and Vine Streets on the UNL City Campus)
Information: museum.unl.edu/sciencecafe
Admission: Members, UNL Faculty/Staff, UNL Students: $10.00. Non-Members: $15.00
Science Cafe in Mueller Planetarium at Morrill Hall is a casual, educational, and entertaining monthly series for adults (21+) exploring a variety of science and natural history topics. Food, drinks will be available, and questions and opinions are encouraged! September’s Cafe will focus on Nebraska Archaeology, presented by archeologists with the Nebraska State Historical Society! —
“What goes into understanding Nebraska’s past through archeology? Come find out about controversies brewing in Nebraska and how we determine what is fact and what is fiction. Hands-on activities will be available to test your interpretation skills.”

Archaeology Happy Hour

Date & Time: September 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Code Beer Company, 200 S. Antelope Parkway, Lincoln
Archaeology Happy Hour/FAC – all are encouraged to join, archaeologist or otherwise!

Omaha

History Hike

Date & Time: Sunday, September 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Fontenelle Forest, Omaha
Information: http://www.fontenelleforest.org/
Admission: Free for members or with daily admission ($9.50/adult, $8.50/senior, $7.50/child and student (2-17), free for children under 2)
Join Fontenelle Forest in celebrating Archaeology Month with a history hike. Group will meet at Camp Wakonda and hike the history trail where you can get a real grasp on our history. Mary Lou and Wanda will share information on the Nebraska Phase Indians and the archaeological digs that have provided us with information on them. They will also point out the sites of Jim Baldwin’s forest home, the remains of the Fur Trading Post, the Memorial Markers of our namesakes, Logan and Lucien Fontenelle, and the old Stage Coach road that passed through the forest on its way to the West. Please make sure to bring water, bug spray, and have used the restroom (there are no bathrooms available at Camp Wakonda) so you can focus on enjoying this amazing hike.

AIA Norton Lecture: “Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian’s Palace”

Date & Time: Thursday, September 24, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Abbott Lecture Hall, Joslyn Art Museum
Information: archaeological.org/
Admission: Free
Goran Nikšić, City Archaeologist and Architect for the city of Split in Croatia, will present on the architecture of Diocletian’s Palace, both as a classical monument and the complexity and contradiction of the building on both formal and functional levels. This lecture is supported by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the McCormick Fund at Creighton University, and the Joslyn Art Museum.

Royal

Fossil & Artifact Identification Day

Date & Time: Saturday, August 12, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
Information: ashfall.unl.edu/
Admission: Entrance Fee: $5/person ages 3+ and Nebraska Park Entry Permit: $5 Daily Permit -or- $26 Annual Permit
Puzzled about a fossil or artifact you have discovered? Paleontologist Dr. Mike Voorhies and NSHS Archeologist Rob Bozell will help identify items during the 2017 Fossil and Artifact Identification Day Saturday, August 12 from 9am – 4pm. Bring a single item or your whole collection to be identified. Past discoveries include leg and teeth bones from camels, mastodons and mammoths, stone points, pottery and a petrified tree trunk weighing in at five hundred pounds.

Seward

13th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show

Date & Time: Saturday, August 19, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Seward County Fairgrounds – Harvest Hall
Information: NAS Artifact Show 2016
Admission: Adults – $5, Children 12 & under – Free
World-Class Displays of Prehistoric Stone Artifacts from the Great Plains Region, Professional Identification of Artifacts and Bone, Atlatl Demonstration, Flint Knapping Demonstration. Dr. Bonnie L. Pitblado from the University of Oklahoma will be giving a public presentation at 1:30 p.m.

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