Nebraska's Sesquicentennial (150th) Celebrations

October 13th - 14th, 2017

Nebraska was granted statehood on March 1, 1867. The state will commemorate its Sesquicentennial beginning January 1, 2017, with a yearlong celebration involving a wide variety of programs and projects across the state.

Our 150th birthday presents a unique opportunity in time to honor our heritage, celebrate our growth and plan for our future. We will commemorate this historic occasion and celebrate the great State of Nebraska and its diverse history and cultures by engaging, educating and inspiring our citizenry and leaving a legacy for future generations.

Friday, October 13, 2017

$50

NEBRASKA CITY - Steamboat Trace Trail Festival Banquet


Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Lied Lodge & Conference Center
Description: We are excited to introduce a new festival to southeast Nebraska, one that unites the three communities of Nebraska City, Peru, and Brownville along the Steamboat Trace Trail. There is no better way to kick off a new festival than with a yummy banquet! The banquet will be hosted by the Arbor Day Foundation to welcome each participant, celebrate Nebraska’s heritage and future, and inspire participants to collaborate on extending the Steamboat Trace Trail for future generations.
Website: http://www.steamboattrace.com/buy-tickets.html

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Steamboat Trace Trail Festival


Time: All Day
Description: Steamboat Trace Trail Festivals will be held in Nebraska City, Peru, and Brownville on Saturday, October 14, providing neat and educational opportunities to foster community involvement and pride in our state. Events include Living History demonstrations, tours, live music, speakers, children's activities, food, food, and more food! Old Time Autumn Festival in Brownville will showcase the arts. Peru’s festival will showcase Peru State College and its unique trail head with presentations from Nebraska Humanities speakers Clemente and Holtz. Nebraska City will host the banquet, Gran Fondo, and a Festival involving each orchard and the community.
Website: http://www.steamboattrace.com/

NEBRASKA CITY -- BBQ CONTEST HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

BROWNVILLE - Beer Garden


Time: All Day
Location: Brownville Market
$50

NEBRASKA CITY - Gran Fondo Bike Ride


Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Starts at Steamboat Trace Trailhead (*NEW LOCATION*)
Description: Participants will experience farmland at or near harvest, the Missouri River and bluffs, southeast Nebraska flora and fauna, a historic trail, and three historic towns.
Website: http://www.steamboattrace.com/buy-tickets.html
FREE

PERU - Hospitality Stop, First Aid Station


Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Peru Trail Head
Description: Information/First Aid
FREE

PERU - Photo Station


Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Peru Trail Head
Description: Photo backdrop for visitors to use for pictures as an event keepsake, plus information booth
FREE

PERU - Museum of Nebraska Art traveling exhibit: John Falter: Historical Illustrator & Jazz from Life


Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Art Museum, AV Larsen Bldg, Peru State College
Description: Enjoy this collection of work by world-renowned illustrator John Philip Falter from Falls City High School.
FREE

PERU - New Visitor and Interpretive Center


Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Little Red School House, Peru State College
Description: Visit Peru State College's new on-campus museum.
FREE

PERU - Steamboat Trace Historical Display


Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Peru Museum
Description: Opportunity to learn about the history of how the rails became trails.
FREE

PERU - Peru State College Campus Tours


Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Little Red School House, Peru State College
Description: A Peru State College student will provide guided tours of the 150 years old campus.
FREE

PERU - Bill Clemente, Trail Carvings, Flora and Fauna


Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Peru Trail Head
Description: Local trail enthusiast will enlighten visitors with interesting trail information and facts.
Varied

PERU - Lila Belle's Food Truck


Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Peru Trail Head
Description: Sandwiches, snacks, and deep-fried goodies
FREE to get in

PERU - Vendor Fair and Craft Show


Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Peru City Hall
Description: Local vendors and crafters offer merchandise for sale.
Varied

BROWNVILLE - Farmers Market


Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Next to Masonic Hall
Description: Featuring baked goods, produce, and crafts

BROWNVILLE - Museums, Art Galleries, Live Music, and More


Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: All around town
Description: Brownville museums will be open, including the Land Office, the Sage Museum, Carson House, Bailey House, Railroad Depot Museum, Wheel Museum, and the Furnas House. There will also be pioneer demonstrations, live music, and shopping opportunities all day. Visit the Flatwater Folk Art Gallery and the Schoolhouse Gallery or watch artists work with the Art on Main Street event.
$10

NEBRASKA CITY - Festival Bus Transportation


Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Nebraska City - Peru - Brownville
Description: Tour buses travel through Nebraska City, stopping at Kimmel Orchard, Arbor Day Farm, and downtown at 710 Central Avenue...Buses then will head to Peru and Brownville.
Website: http://www.steamboattrace.com/buy-tickets.html
FREE

NEBRASKA CITY - Living History at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park


Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Arbor Lodge - 2600 Arbor Avenue
Description: Living History
Varied

NEBRASKA CITY - Local Museums Open!


Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: All Around Town
Description: Civil War Museum, Kregel Windmill Factory Museum, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Museum of Firefighting, Old Freighter's Museum, River Country Nature Center, Wildwood Historic Center...and more!
Varied

NEBRASKA CITY - Arbor Day Farm


Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Arbor Day Farm - 2611 Arbor Avenue
Description: Discovery Rides, corn maze, wine tasting, u-pick apples, hayrack rides, Pie Garden, pies, caramel apples, pumpkin patch, Creepy Crawly Day
Varied

NEBRASKA CITY - Kimmel Orchard


Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard - 5995 G Road
Description: Family activities, hay rack rides, u-pick apples, Orchard Cafe, wine tasting, pies, apples, pumpkins, apple donuts, caramel apples, goodies...
Varied

PERU - 5th Street Post Beer Garden and Music


Time: 9 a.m. to Closing
Location: 5th Street Post - formerly Peru VFW
Description: Enjoy the day with friends in quaint downtown Peru and checkout the new "5th Street Post" in the good ol' VFW Club inviting atmosphere!

BROWNVILLE - Live Music


Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Boettner Park
Description: Listen to music by Lennis Blecha, III
FREE

PERU - Kevin Boos, Folk Guitarist


Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location: Peru Trail Head
Description: Kevin will perform and sing familiars songs for all ages to enjoy and sing along.

BROWNVILLE - Children's Train Rides


Time: 10 a.m. to Noon
Location: Railroad Museum
FREE

PERU - Show 'N Shine Classic Cars and Trucks


Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Downtown Peru
Description: Stroll downtown Peru to the sights of classic cars and trucks.

NEBRASKA CITY - Family Fun Activities


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Memorial Building Parking Lot
Description: Rock It Rock Climbing Wall, Bounce Houses, Children's Games, Horn T Zoo, Pearly Bubbles, Photo Booth
FREE

PERU - Peru Chamber Free Cookbook


Time: 10 a.m. until they are gone!
Location: Peru City Hall
Description: Complimentary tote bags and community cookbooks that highlight the history of Peru and the Steamboat Trace Trail.
Varied

NEBRASKA CITY - Live Music


Time: 10 a.m. to Midnight
Location: Memorial Way - downtown Nebraska City
Description: Join us for a beer garden and food provided by The Depot, plus live music from The Oasis Band!
Varied

PERU - 5th Street Post Sandwiches and Fixins'


Time: 10 a.m. until Closing
Location: 5th Street Post - formerly Peru VFW
Description: Fresh, mouth-watering smoked pulled pork sandwiches, Ruthie's homemade salads, Mrs. Cotty's pies!

BROWNVILLE - Heritage Tree Presentation


Time: 10:45 a.m.
Description: Heritage Tree presentation and dedication with State Senator Dan Watermeier
FREE

PERU - Doc Gigstad Memorial Bench Dedication


Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Peru Trail Head
Description: Doc Gigstad was a key player in the planning and development of the Steamboat Trace Trail. The bench is in memory of his vision and dedication.
$6.50 (Ice Cream Bar included)

PERU - Taco Buffet


Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Student Center Dining Hall, Peru State College
Description: Taco buffet with all the fixings for only $6.50.
FREE

PERU - Dan Holtz, Music


Time: 11 a.m. to Noon
Location: Conference Room, CATS Bldg, Peru State College
Description: Holtz celebrates and commemorates people, places, and events in Nebraska history through original songs and the stories and backgrounds behind them.
$3.50

PERU - Ice Cream Bar


Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Student Center Dining Hall, Peru State College
Description: All-you-can-eat, soft-serve ice cream sundae bar.

BROWNVILLE - Luncheon


Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Town Hall
Description: Brownville's famous Old Time Autumn Chicken and Bisquit Luncheon

BROWNVILLE - Riverfront Carriage Rides


Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Location: Main Street
Description: Riverfront Carriage rides and Trolley Rides along Main Street

PERU - Themotherdudes Concert


Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Zach's Bar & Grill - 605 5th Street
Description: Come and listen to Themotherdudes perform!

BROWNVILLE - "The Resurrection"


Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Brownville Village Theatre
Description: Enjoy a production of "The Resurrection" by Willa Cather at the Brownville Village Theatre.

BROWNVILLE - Boat Ride


Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Spirit of Brownville
Description: Take a boat ride on the Spirit of Brownville!
Varied

BROWNVILLE - Food Court


Time: 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 121 Main Street
Description: Burgers, brats, and dogs

BROWNVILLE - Concert


Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Brownville Village Theatre
Description: Historic Nebraska concert by Dan Holtz in the Brownville Village Theatre

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day: Past, Present, & Future


Location: Memorial Building
Description: Details to come

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