Agate Fossil Beds

The next “Wanna See Cool Stuff?” program at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument will look at “Beadwork, Symbolism and Color” with Museum Curator Maryann Neubert Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Museum Curator Maryann Neubert and her museum crew will temporarily display items from the park’s vault that are associated with the beadwork in the Cook Collection. Neubert will discuss the colors and symbolism associated with the beadwork. Visitors are encouraged to look at these artifacts and perhaps handle them with white curatorial gloves.

The park will also continue its “Niobrara Meanderings” program this weekend with a look at “A Conversation with an 1850s Pioneer Woman - How Women Viewed the Emigrant Trail Journey.”

Anne James will present the program Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Women’s views of the emigrant trail experience were much different from men’s perspectives. From their reasons for going west, to the tribulations (and their effects) they endured, these women tell a far different tale from that of the men who journeyed alongside them.

Studying diaries of the Oregon Trail has afforded James a glimpse at the different expectations, hopes and fears women had of the entire journey. Come share a conversation with one of those women in a living history setting. These women faced unbelievable hardships and lived to raise generations of U.S. citizens who continue to tackle life in the American west with all of its trials.

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