This year, the North Platte Library tour pays homage to nine former citizens in our community who lived or were personally touched by the Civil War.

From April of 1861 until April of 1865, America was embattled in a division of the states over slavery issues, North versus South.

Just years after the war, some people who fought on both sides found themselves neighbors in Nebraska.

The tour will be held at the Lincoln County Historical Museum on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21.

After the fighting was over, some soldiers, sailors, and widows who were weary from battle chose the Nebraska Territory to start again and forge a new life. Nebraska officially achieved statehood in 1867, two years after the  Civil War ended.

This year’s library tour pays tribute to that time when brother fought brother, wives became widows, and mothers became single parents.

Living history presentations each last 10-15 minutes. The stories will be at different points during, after, and reminiscing about that period of American history known as the American Civil War, organizers say.


The schedule:

Friday, Sept. 20

6:30 p.m. – Live Civil War music by the municipal band under the direction of Lori Evans.

7–10 p.m. – Guided Lantern Walking Tour, featuring living history presentations of Civil War ghosts by local actors, set in the museum village.

The tour will take about two hours. The last tour starts at 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21

7:30–10 a.m. — Museum pancake feed—sausage, eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee (included in Civil War tour ticket, and also available separately)

1 p.m. – Live Civil War music by the North Platte municipal band, directed by Lori Evans.

1:30-6 p.m. — Live black powder demonstrations.

1:30-6 p.m. — Civil War walking tour – self-guided and self-paced in the museum village. Last tour starts at 4:15 p.m. to see all actors.

1:30-3:30 p.m. — Indoor presentation, session 1 – Ask at purchase for availability

4-6 p.m. — Indoor presentation, session 2 – Ask at purchase for availability



Adults (ages 16 & up): $20.

Students (ages 6 to 15): $10.

Children (5 & under): free

Cost of ticket includes admission into all events on both days.

Indoor/non-walking tickets are available for Saturday, Sept. 21 for persons who may have difficulty walking or other medical issues. Presentations will begin at either 1:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. Seating is limited to 70 per show.

Purchase tickets at:

North Platte Public Library (308-535-8036), 120 W 4th St, North Platte.

Lincoln County Historical Museum (308-534-5640) 2403 N Buffalo Bill Ave, North Platte.

Please make checks out to: NPPL Foundation. Credit cards accepted at the Lincoln County Historical Museum. Cash or check accepted at either location and at the gate.

This is the annual event, known as the NPPL foundation’s cemetery tour.

This is a rain or shine event. Feel free to bring your own chair to enjoy presentations. A limited amount of seating will be available at each stop. You may also bring a flashlight to the guided tour Friday evening. The guides will use LED lanterns.

The proceeds benefit the North Platte Public Library Foundation and the Lincoln County Historical Museum.