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Humanities Nebraska Speaker to be at Chimney Rock Sunday

February 16, 2019

BAYARD — Humanities Nebraska speaker Jeff Barnes will be at Chimney Rock National Historical Site on Feb. 17 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to give a presentation on military forts in Nebraska. Nebraska’s forts were among the first, last and most important on the Great Plains, built to promote trade to protect travelers and settlers, to fight the Indian tribes and then to keep the peace. During that time, they hosted some great names of American history, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Crazy Horse, George Custer, Robert E. Lee, Red Cloud and Mark Twain. Barnes tells the story of Nebraska’s 12 military forts and what today’s visitors will find at the sites.

Barnes is one of the most requested speakers about the Great Plains. He is an independent historian, author, former newspaper editor and Nebraska State Historical Society Board member. He’s authored “The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill,” “150@150: Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial,” “The Great Plains Guide to Custer” and “Forts of the Northern Plains.”

Barnes is a guest speaker for the Afternoon at the Rock series for 2019. Admission is free for these presentations.