2019 Events


17th 15th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show (Seward County Fairgrounds – Seward)
30th-31st Archeology Ranger Talk (Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands) (Fort Robinson State Park and Chadron State Park, Crawford)
31st Fort Atkinson Archaeology Walking Tour (Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun)
31st Hudson Meng Education and Research Open House (Hudson Meng Research and Visitor Center, Harrison/Chadron)


1st Fort Atkinson Archaeology Walking Tour (Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun)
1st-2nd Hudson Meng Education and Research Open House (Hudson Meng Research and Visitor Center, Harrison/Chadron)
11we Archeology on Tap – Lightning Talks (Happy Raven Bar, Lincoln)
19th How Do Archeologists Know Where To Dig? – Presentation (Nebraska History Museum, Lincoln)
28th-29th Volunteer Dig at Courthouse Rock (Courthouse Rock, Bridgeport)


Courthouse Rock Excavation – Volunteer Dig

Date & Time: Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29
Location: Courthouse Rock, Bridgeport, NE
Registration: $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 Courthouse Rock. Lunch and all tools will be provided. Minimum age for participants is 16 years. For more information, and to register, visit https://history.nebraska.gov/events/dig.

Fort Calhoun

Archaeology at Fort Atkinson: A Walking Tour

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday, August 31-September 1, 12:00-1:00 P.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 12:00 p.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 (August 31-September 2)
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 20th Anniversary of their Visitor Center! Activities begin Saturday, August 31st and continue through Monday, September 2nd. 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. A flint-knapping demonstration on Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2 by Crawford native, Dave Nixon. He will demonstrate techniques which are used to craft knives and weapons.
2. “Make your own atlatl” craft activity will be held throughout the weekend.
3. The Junior Archaeology book challenge will be held all weekend. Children can complete the booklet and receive a Junior Archaeologist certificate.
4. An Outdoor simulated archaeology dig will help folks learn about the excavation process.
5. 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 any family or child who completes the HMERC mission on these three days. (There are two missions; K-3rd grade students and 4-6th grade students.)
Hudson Meng will be closed for the winter beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2019. 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, as HMERC does not have good cell service. The game is free to play and does not require data or WiFi once downloaded to a device. After completing the mission, please log into the app when you are back in WI-FI or cellular service to upload. This step verifies that you have completed the mission.


Archaeology On Tap

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 11, 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Location: Happy Raven, 122 N 11th, Lincoln, NE
Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology Month at Happy Raven bar in Lincoln! This event will feature lightning talks by local archaeologists on their current research!

How Do Archeologists Know Where To Dig? (History Nebraska Brownbag Presentation)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 19, 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Location: Nebraska History Museum, Lincoln, NE
Information: history.nebraska.gov/events/how-do-archeologists-know-where-dig
How do you know hold old that is? Which tribe lived here? How much is this stuff worth? Can you keep it? Do you ever find dead people?

Join Rob Bozell as he answers these questions and others by explaining what he and other History Nebraska archeologists do out in the field. Attendees will also have the chance for a sneak peek at the upcoming archeology exhibit being developed in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Transportation.


15th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show

Date & Time: Saturday, August 17, 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Location: Seward County Fairgrounds – Harvest Hall
Information: NAS Artifact Show 2019
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. Marcel Kornfeld of the University of Wyoming will be giving a public presentation at 1:30 p.m. – “The Hell Gap Phenomenon: 4000 Years of Paleoindian Lifeways.”