Nebraska City history was on the agenda at the Nebraska City Rotary Club Wednesday afternoon.
Kelly Bequette, a member of the Nebraska City NE150 Committee, updated club members on the remaining sesquicentennial events that are planned in the community.
She began her presentation with a brief quiz on Nebraska history, pulling the questions from one of the exhibits that will be on display when the Omaha Children’s Museum’s Truckin’ Through Nebraska traveling museum visits the town next month.
The traveling museum, which is housed in a 90-foot-long semi trailer, will be set up near the Steinhart Aquatic Center Oct. 6 through 8.
It will provide a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits designed for children ages 5 to 12, said Bequette.
The museum visit overlaps with another NE150 event in town the first weekend in October, which is the Civil War re-enactment.
Bequette said battles will take place in the wheat field west of Wyuka Cemetery, while the re-enactors will camp around the Wildwood Historic House.
On the following weekend, Nebraska City will be part of a three-city festival (with Peru and Brownville) on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The Gran Fondo and Steamboat Trace Festival will also feature a rock climbing wall, a tailgate party and a beer garden, all of which will take place in the Veteran’s Memorial Building parking lot or on Memorial Way.
Bequette said one of the festival’s goals is to increase use of the Steamboat Trace Trail, which connects Brown-ville and Nebraska City.
“It’s the most beautiful time of year on the trail,” she said.
The festival will also feature a fundraising banquet at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center on Friday, Oct. 13, and the start of the Gran Fondo bicycle race at Arbor Lodge on Saturday, Oct. 14.
The final NE150 event in Nebraska City this year will be the Veteran’s Day observance at the Nebraska City Veteran’s Memorial Building and Memorial Way, said Bequette.
She said the mural in Memorial Way will be dedicated on Nov. 11, and Ted Beilman will have displays in the Memorial Building to honor 150 Otoe County veterans.
The Nebraska City Rotary Club meets at the Eagles Club, 600 1st Corso. Meetings begin at noon Wednesdays. Guests pay $9 for lunch.