The 40th anniversary of Fur Trade Days is approaching. This year’s celebration is planned for July 7-10.
According to event coordinator Barb McDaniel, several favorite events will return to the celebration July 7-10, including the popular Cemetery Tours at Greenwood Cemetery at 4 and 7 p.m. July 9 and the Trading Stories film festival sponsored by the Chadron Library Foundation.
This year’s cemetery tours will tell the stories of E.P. Wilson, who helped establish Finnegan and Wilson parks, Clyde Beedle, a railroad foreman and famous strong man, Freida Romine, who performed in wild west shows, William Danley, an early Chadron postmaster suspected of murder, Leta Stetter Hollingsworth, hailed as the founder of special education, and Charles Berg, a Swidish immigrant who worked on the railroad.
In conjunction with the Native American film festival, the Library Foundation is working with the Nebraska Arts Council to bring in professional musician Michael Murphy, who plays Native American flute music.
A special feature this year will be four performances by Paul Siebert, a period musician.
Siebert, who will be sponsored in part by a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council, has been providing family entertainment to the Midwest for more than 30 years. Paul presents a musical living history program of a family’s journey from Russia to Nebraska in the 1870′s. Using original and period music with up to seven different acoustic instruments including the hammer dulcimer, banjo and guitar, storytelling, personal family history, period costume and extensive knowledge on the subject of Blacksmithing/metallurgy, Paul presents an interactive family centered entertaining program. His repertoire includes of hundreds of songs from different periods of history, including songs of the Classic and Silver Screen cowboy.
Other confirmed events on this summer’s Fur Trade Days schedule are:
*Congregational Ice Cream Social
*Rotary Colter Run
*Rotary Buffalo Chip Throw
*Chadron State Park/Kiwanis Regatta and Crooked Arrow Obstacle Course
*Chadron Art Center displays
*Chadron Community Church bounce house
*Bordeaux Creek Primitive Rendezvous
*Chadron Record’s TCR Treasure Hunt
*Historic Flag Ceremony
McDaniel encourages organizations and individuals who are planning events to contact her as soon as possible with the details so all of the events can be included on the official schedule and in all of the marketing.
Souvenir items, including t-shirts, pottery and commemorative totes, are currently on sale at Chadron City Hall. These are limited edition items and will not be re-ordered.
Plans are also underway for the 2017 Fur Trade Days, which has been designated as an Official Event for Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.