PROGRAM TIME and Date: 9am – 5pm Saturday, April 18th and 9am to 3pm Sunday, April 19th – Open to the Public
PLACE: Fort Hartsuff State Park, 82034 Fort Ave, Burwell, NE 68823.
CONTACT: Jim Domeier; Fort Hartsuff (308)346-4715
Fort Hartsuff – Join us at Fort Hartsuff State Historic Park, April 18-19 2015 for the troop muster.
Fort Hartsuff, one of America’s best preserved frontier forts, will soon be home to dozens of military and civilian living historians and re-enactors. This April, step back in time and experience a day in the life of the soldiers and civilians of an army post on the Great Plains. Living historians will occupy nearly every structure on the post, recreating the activities of everyday life in the 19th century. Fort Hartsuff boasts 9 historic buildings, painstakingly reconstructed to match the original structures.
Fort Hartsuff was originally active during the 1870’s and 1880’s, however, this April will be a step back in time to 1865; depicting the events of 150 years ago. The Civil War has come to a close, but the American West will not experience peace for another decade. The news of President Lincoln’s assassination has reached the frontier posts, and the troops prepare to mourn his death. In commemoration of the passing of President Abraham Lincoln, special ceremonies will be conducted throughout the weekend culminating in a tribute to his burial at noon on Sunday, April 19th; 150 years to the day of the interment our nation’s 16th President.
The public is invited to visit the Fort for a weekend of learning and excitement. Re-enactors from across the state will bring the park to life, giving visitors a glimpse of the past. A map and schedule of events will be available at the Park’s Visitor Center, located in the Post Headquarters building. Visitors will see soldiers drilling and firing, laundresses and cooks hard at work, the blacksmith pounding away, the surgeon in the hospital, sentries on guard, officers present, the barracks fully occupied, and more! There will also be a skirmish at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
In addition, the Park’s visitor center and gift shop will be open for display.
Fort Hartsuff State Historic Park invites you to join them for the Troop Muster, April 18th and 19th, 2015 from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am- 3pm on Sunday. Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children 3-12 years of age. A park permit is required; they can be purchased at the Visitor Center, housed in the Post Headquarters. With your admission you gain access to Fort Hartsuff’s pristine site and a weekend of activities. Fort Hartsuff is located between Ord and Burwell, Nebraska, just north of Elyria along Nebraska Highway 11. The park address is 82034 Fort Ave. Burwell NE 68823. Experience history come to life; this is not a weekend you will want to miss!
About Fort Hartsuff and the Great Plains Garrison
The Great Plains Garrison is a coalition of regional re-enactors and living historians dedicated to supporting the historic sites of Nebraska. They host annual events at Fort Hartsuff and other State Historic Parks and museums throughout the state.
For more information about the event, please call the park at 308-346-4715 or visit www.forthartsuff.org.
Fort Hartsuff SHP is located between Ord and Burwell Nebraska, in the scenic North Loup river valley, just north of Elyria along Nebraska Highway 11.