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“Edutainer” to be at Library October 12th

Celebrate Nebraska 150 Program to Feature Edutainer, Darrel Draper

The North Platte Public Library continues its Celebrate Nebraska 150 Program Series at 12:00 PM, Thursday, October 12th with “Nebraska: Crossroads of the Western Fur Trade” by Darrel W. Draper.    The library asks people to call 535-8036, Ext 3310  to reserve a free seat for this program, primarily funded by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment in addition to local funding.  Water and coffee will be provided and attendees may bring a sack lunch.

This humorous, one-hour presentation, composed from literature, is an entertaining and amusing summary of the history of the fur trade, including trading companies, personalities and the achievements of fur traders and mountain men who lived in or passed through Nebraska. This tabloid-style review of the oddities and ironies of the industry has been carefully researched but is humorously presented in a sensationalized style. It recounts some of the bizarre happenings that resulted in the most important discoveries of land and routes enabling the U.S. to claim and populate the West. Darrel W. Draper, a fifth generation Nebraskan, retired Navy officer and University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate, uses his talents as storyteller and actor to educate and entertain. He is considered an expert on the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition and has personally retraced thousands of miles of their trail by canoe and on foot.

Those who attended Darrel’s program in June will know not to miss this one!

 

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