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Trails and Tales IX: Anticipating Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial
June 12, 2017
Celebrate the people, places, and events that have helped make Nebraska what it is today! Trails and Tales IX: Anticipating Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural history, literature institute and tour, primarily for in-service teachers. The curricula for this project will examine Nebraska history and culture from 1854, the year Nebraska became a federal territory under the Kansas-Nebraska Act, to the present. Through an intensive week of classroom study and discussion of Nebraska history and creative literature penned by Nebraska writers; complemented by a six-day tour of sites illustrating Nebraska’s history and culture; plus exposure to speakers, performers, and story-tellers who are experts on selected Nebraska topics, this project will immerse participants in a deep and wide-ranging exploration of Nebraska. Historical readings and literary selections, as well as sites visited on the tour, will emphasize not only the contributions and impact that Euro-Americans have had on Nebraska’s development but also those of African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. The aim is to motivate teachers to be more knowledgeable, confident, and enthusiastic about sharing Nebraska history and culture with their students during the Sesquicentennial year in 2017.