2018 Events


18th 14th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show (Seward County Fairgrounds – Seward)
31st Archeology Ranger Talk (Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands) (Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford)


1st-3rd Hudson Meng Education and Research Open House (Hudson Meng Research and Visitor Center, Harrison/Chadron)
1st-2nd Fort Atkinson Archaeology Walking Tour (Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun)
8thSo…What Became of the Nebraska Phase People? (Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue)
9th History Hike at Fontenelle Forest (Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue)
13th Seeing Roman Slaves (AIA Lecture) (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
16th Sunday With a Scientist – Archaeology: Pieces of the Past (Morrill Hall, Lincoln)
20th Sandhills Archeology (Nebraska History Museum, Lincoln)
20th Archaeology Happy Hour (Happy Raven, Lincoln)
29th-30th Excavation at Fort Robinson – Volunteer Dig (Fort Robinson, Crawford)
29th Archaeology Open House: Illustrated Talks and Artifact Identification (Fort Robinson, Crawford)
29th Native Earth Skills (Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, IA)
30th Fort Robinson Archeology Free Family Fun Day (Fort Robinson, Crawford)


So…What Became of the Nebraska Phase People?

Date & Time: Saturday, September 8 at 2 P.M.
Location: Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue
Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1831512643635973/
Admission: Free for members or with daily admission ($11/adult, $10/senior, $8/child and student (2-17), free for children under 2. Registration is required.
Join Fontenelle Forest in celebrating Archaeology Month with a presentation on Nebraska Phase Archaeology by Nebraska State Archeologist Rob Bozell (History Nebraska). Bozell will present an illustrated lecture focusing on theories about the fate of the Nebraska Phase people and the emergence of known Nebraska tribes such as the Pawnee, Oto, Omaha, Ioway, and Ponca. This presentation is recommended for adult audiences.
*NOTE: Registration Required:

Tools of the Nebraska Phase Culture

Date & Time: Sunday, September 9, 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Location: Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue
Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/199246094128660/
Admission: Free for members or with daily admission ($11/adult, $10/senior, $8/child and student (2-17), free for children under 2)
Join Fontenelle Forest in celebrating Archaeology Month with a hike exploring the Forest’s history. Group will meet at Camp Wakonda and hike the history trail where Judy will share information on the impact of glaciers to the fur traders, explorers, and the early pioneers who walked these hills and the early settlers who lived here. 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 hike. In case of inclement weather meet at FFNC for an inside version.
Ages 8 and up


Archeology Ranger Talk

Date & Time: Friday, August 31, 7:00 P.M.
Location: Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford, NE
Join new Nebraska National Forests and Grassland Archeologist Heather Horobik as she presents about archeology, Nebraska’s rich history, how you can find ties to it in unlikely places, and what to do if you stumble across an archeological site on public land. There will also be a Nebraska History trivia game.
While the Ranger Talk is free of charge, permits are required to enter Nebraska State Parks, and can be purchased at the Fort Robinson State Park front desk. This event kicks off a weekend of events organized by Hudson Meng staff – see additional information on Labor Day weekend events at Hudson Meng below (Harrison, NE).

Fort Robinson Excavation – Volunteer Dig

Date & Time: Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30
Location: Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford, NE
Registration: Nebraska Park Entry Permit Required (Daily Permit – $6, Annual Permit – $31). $50/person for one day, $80 for both days (History Nebraska members will receive a discount, using discount code they received via email)
Join History Nebraska Archeologists as they uncover history! Participants will help archeologists dig at Red Cloud Agency at Fort Robinson. Lunch and all tools will be provided. Minimum age for participants is 16 years. For non-local participants, lodging can be found nearby at Fort Robinson, or in Chadron and Crawford.
For more information, and to register, visit https://history.nebraska.gov/events/dig.

Archaeology Open House

Date & Time: Saturday, September 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Mare Barn, Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford, NE
Admission: Nebraska Park Entry Permit Required
Archaeologists from History Nebraska and Augustana University will present illustrated talks on their current archaeological research in the Nebraska Panhandle and Sand Hills, with the public invited to bring in their private collections for identification.

Fort Robinson Archeology – Free Family Fun Day

Date & Time: Sunday, September 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Veterinary Hospital, Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford, NE
Admission: Nebraska Park Entry Permit Required
Meet archeologists, participate in a mini archeological dig, and create some fun archeological crafts. While you are at the Fort, be sure to stop by the Red Cloud Agency dig site to see archeologists and volunteers excavating Nebraska history!

Fort Calhoun

Archaeology at Fort Atkinson: A Walking Tour

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2, 11:00 A.M.
Location: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. 7th Street
Admission: Nebraska Park Entry Permit Required (Daily Permit – $6, Annual Permit – $31). Visitor Center – Adults-$2, Children-$1
A walking tour by Archaeologist Nolan Johnson (History Nebraska) of past 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!


Hudson Meng – Labor Day Weekend Open House

Date & Time: Labor Day Weekend (September 1-3)
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 is hosting an Open House in celebration of Archeology Month and the 19th Anniversary of their Visitor Center! Activities being Saturday, September 1st and continue through Monday, September 3rd. All admission fees will be waived throughout the weekend. Special features include several games for all ages with prizes; multiple opportunities to learn and practice crafts; and culminate with a free lunch on Sunday, beginning at 11:00 am. The Black Hills Parks and Forests Association, an important partner of the NNFG, is donating the food.
There are multiple children’s activities and games and all participants will receive a junior archeologist certificate. Games and activities include:
1. Learn to make your own Atlatl craft activity. An atlatl is an ancient weapon used by prehistoric hunters, resembling a spear.
2. Complete a junior archeology book.
3. Seek archeology treasures by sifting through dirt.
4. Explore the Hudson Meng area using the Agents of Discovery mobile game app*, which invites children to solve challenges on their own mobile device. The Black Hills Parks and Forests Association will award prizes to the first three players who complete mission. (There are two missions; K-3rd grade students and 4-6th grade students.)
Atlatl demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend and visitors are encouraged to join the fun. A competition will be held on Sunday at 2:00 pm with two groups, youth (up to age 11 years) and adults, (ages 12 years and older.) A local flint knapper will also be on hand Sunday to demonstrate flint knapping, which was used for many years to craft knives and weapons.
Hudson Meng will be closed for the winter beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2018. For more information on the Labor Day events, off-season tours or educational programs, please call the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands at 308-432-0300 or Ryan Means, 308-221-4162.
*Please Note: The app is free to download from Google Play or iOS App store. Once downloaded, make sure to add Hudson-Meng K-3rd or 4th-6th to the mission list. Please download the app before you visit! The game is free to play and does not require data or Wi-Fi once downloaded to a device.


Honey Creek, IA

Native Earth Skills

Date & Time: September 29, 12:00-3:00 P.M.
Location: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, IA 51542
Admission: $10/person – Online Registration Required
Join the Hitchcock Nature Center in experiencing the material culture of native peoples of the Midwest through a walking lecture and skills demonstration by Dustin Clayton. Clayton will discuss and demonstrate common skills and techniques of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa’s native cultures, including flintknapping, cordage, woodworking and more.

For more information or to register, log on to http://www.pottcoconservation.com


Seeing Roman Slaves – AIA Presentation by Dr. Jennifer Trimble

Date & Time: Thursday, September 13, 5:30-6:30 P.M.
Location: Richards Hall 15, University of Nebraska – Lincoln City Campus
Dr. Jennifer Trimble, Stanford University, will present “Seeing Roman Slaves,” about intersections of Roman visual culture and Roman slavery. Trimble works on the visual and material culture of the Roman Empire, with interests in portraits and replication, the visual culture of Roman slavery, comparative urbanism, and ancient mapping. Her book on Women and Visual Replication in Roman Imperial Art and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2011), explores the role of visual sameness in constructing public identity and articulating empire and place. Trimble was co-director of the IRC-Oxford-Stanford excavations in the Roman Forum (now being prepared for publication), focused on the interactions of commercial, religious, and monumental space. She also co-directed Stanford’s Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project, a collaboration between computer scientists and archaeologists to help reassemble a fragmentary ancient map of the city of Rome. 

This free public lecture is hosted by the Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and co-sponsored by the Convocations Committee and the Research Council at UNL. Learn more about Dr. Trimble at classics.stanford.edu/people/jennifer-trimble.

Sunday with a Scientist: Archaeology – Pieces of the Past

Date & Time: Sunday, September 16, 1:30-4:30 P.M.
Location: Morrill Hall (south of 14th and Vine Streets on the UNL City Campus)
Information: museum.unl.edu/sundaywithascientist
Admission: Members, UNL Faculty/Staff, UNL Students: Free. Non-Members: Regular Museum Admission
The University of Nebraska State Museum’s September Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will explore Archaeology with History Nebraska. Families will get the chance to explore how archaeologists understand the past, including what artifacts were used for and who used them! In addition to the activity stations, visitors are encouraged to explore Morrill Hall exhibits to learn more about Archaeology and how it relates to Paleontology and Geology!
(‘Sunday with a Scientist’ is a series of presentations that highlight the work of scientists, while educating kids and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters will share scientific information in a fun informal way through demonstrations, activities, or by conducting science on site.)

Sandhills Archeology (History Nebraska Brownbag Presentation)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Location: Nebraska History Museum, Lincoln, NE
History Nebraska archeologists have completed the third year of a research project in the Nebraska Sandhills. Bring your lunch and enjoy a presentation by State Archeologist Rob Bozell on what they have been finding along the Dismal, Middle Loup, and Snake Rivers, as well as the results of recent excavations at a 17th century Plains Apache village in Hooker County.

Archaeology FAC/Happy Hour

Date & Time: Thursday, September 20, 4:30 P.M.
Location: Happy Raven, 122 N 11th, Lincoln, NE
Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology Month with colleagues and friends during an archaeology happy hour at Happy Raven bar in Lincoln! This event is the first of NAPA’s new ‘Third Thursday’ Happy Hours, to take place on the third Thursday of every month. All are encouraged to join, archaeologist or otherwise!


14th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show

Date & Time: Saturday, August 18, 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Location: Seward County Fairgrounds – Harvest Hall
Information: NAS Artifact Show 2018
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. Michael R. Fosha from the South Dakota State Archaeological Research Center will be giving a public presentation at 1:30 p.m. – “Lost, Forgotten and Found: Cache Studies in South Dakota.”