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Civil War Veteran Colonies on the Northern Plains
November 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
For November 6th, 2021, please join us at the Merryman Performing Arts Center at 7pm for Dr. Kurt Hackemer’s presentation on the Civil War Veteran Colonies on the Northern Plains. At the conclusion of the program, a free-will donation will be collected to continue to preserve and research Buffalo County history!
We also need to thank our event sponsor, Best Western Plus, for their continued support in preserving Buffalo County history!
Kurt Hackemer is in his 26th year at the University of South Dakota, where he is Professor of History and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Chicago and Texas A&M University. Hackemer teaches a wide range of American and non-American military history courses, and he has written extensively on 19th century American naval and military history.
Over the last 5 years, his research has focused on the experience of Civil War veterans who moved to the frontier after the war. These veterans didn’t always leave much behind in terms of records, but he has been able to reconstruct key elements of their postwar lives by digging deep into local archives and tapping into unused sources across the region. The end result is a rich new story to tell about the phenomenon of Civil War veteran colonies on the Northern Plains, including Gibbon, Nebraska, which will be the subject of his talk. Local residents may already know something about the first settlers, their arrival via the Union Pacific Railroad immediately after a prairie fire and right before a massive snowstorm, and their efforts to build a new town, but Hackemer’s talk will place their decision to come west in a much broader national context