Chadron State College
Chadron State College

"Forts of Nebraska" presentation on campus Sept. 18

September 3, 2013

Jeff Barnes
Jeff Barnes

Speaker Jeff Barnes will present “Forts of Nebraska” on Sept. 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chicoine Atrium of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College.

This presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Sandoz Center as part of the HN Speakers Bureau.

Nebraska’s forts were among the first, last and most important on the Great Plains, built to promote trade, to protect travelers and settlers, to fight the Indian tribes and then to keep the peace. During that time, they hosted some great names of American history, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Crazy Horse, George Custer, Robert E. Lee, Red Cloud, and Mark Twain.

Barnes will tell the story of Nebraska’s 12 military forts and what today’s visitors will find at the sites.

Center Director Sarah Polak said that community members were the ones who asked her to bring Barnes to Chadron. “We are thankful that the city of Chadron and residents of the area see as a place which can serve the cultural and educational needs of the region and that they feel comfortable approaching us with their ideas.”

Polak continued that this program will be a great addition to many courses offered at Chadron State this semester.

The program will last approximately one hour with a question and answer period following Barnes’s presentation and is free to the public. Polak recommends that individuals attending the event park their vehicles in the lot south of Old Admin.

For additional information about the program or location of the presentation, contact the Sandoz Center at 308-432-6401 or

For information detailing available speakers and guidelines for booking, see the speakers section at: or contact Humanities Nebraska at 402-474-2131