In honor of the 150th year of Nebraska’s statehood, the North Platte Public Library will have a photographic exhibit during March of homesteaders, prairie-scapes, the town and railroad.The exhibit will include copies of historic photographs and descriptions of William Cody (Buffalo Bill), the developing North Platte downtown and businesses, Fort McPherson, schools, churches, and more, library spokeswoman Terri Johnson said.
The library will have a three-dimensional exhibit with a plow, saddle and prairie artifacts on loan from the Lincoln County Historical Museum, to help children and adults get a better sense of life on the prairie in 1867.
The library will also present historic programs beginning at noon March 2.
“North Platte History – Our Humble Beginnings” will be presented by Library Director Cecelia Lawrence and Library IT Manager Sara Aden.
This program starts with a review of explorers who came through the area and the geographic characteristics of Lincoln County. They will discuss Native American tribes in the area; North Platte’s place on the Oregon and Mormon Trails; the need for a military base and the installation of Fort McPherson; and the railroad’s arrival in the area, as well as the first three pioneers and businessmen.
The presentation will showcase some of the earliest photographs of North Platte buildings and structures.
Attendance is limited to 70, so please make seat reservations by calling the library at 535-8036, extension 3310.
On March 10, a program on historic houses in North Platte is already full, so the program will be repeated on Thursday evening, March 30 at 7 p.m.
Check the website http://nppl.online to see more March programs, Johnson said.