LINCOLN, Neb. – Re-enactors will portray life in an 1820s military post during the living history weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on April 30-May 1.
Interpretive activities will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days. The weekend’s theme is based on the first boats of the season arriving with seeds for the gardens, new goods for the sutler and mail from the east. Re-enactors will portray blacksmiths, tinsmiths, carpenters, coopers, sutlers, agents, and traders. Period textile crafting techniques also will be demonstrated.
Fort Atkinson was established in 1820, as the first military post west of the Missouri River, on the recommendation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Fort Atkinson SHP is located seven blocks east of U.S. Highway 75 near the town of Fort Calhoun. A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the site.