Summer 2017 to begin at Fort Laramie park | Local News Briefs – Nebraska News

Summer 2017 to begin at Fort Laramie park | Local News Briefs – Nebraska News

FORT LARAMIE, Wyo. — Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Fort Laramie National Historic Site’s summer season, featuring daily talks, living history demonstrations and special events throughout the season. The fort begins its summer hours on May 27. The park’s historic grounds and buildings will be open from sunrise to sunset each day. The Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The extended hours will continue through Labor Day.

“We invite our neighboring communities and visiting friends and relatives to join us out at the Fort for the 2017 summer special events,” said Park Superintendent Tom Baker. “We’ll focus on the amazing cultural and natural resources that make the Fort so special — a place where America’s heritage is celebrated every day.”

The schedule of special events this summer includes:

May 29: National Moment of Remembrance

The concept of a Memorial Day to honor the fallen began shortly after the Civil War. More recently, the National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress on Dec. 28, 2000, to honor Americans who died in service to the nation and encourage Americans to celebrate Memorial Day.

July 4: ​The Hunter-Warrior of the Plains

The dynamic programs presented by noted Native American actor, writer, and historian Michael “Bad Hand” Terry will encourage visitors to consider new perspectives of history and culture.

July 4: ​Annual “Old Fashioned” Fourth of July Celebration

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