UNK Historians Giving Historic Bicycle Tours of Kearney

September 19, 2018 - 11:43am

Two history buffs and avid cyclists at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are offering a unique way to explore the town’s history. “Pedaling the Past” is a guided bike tour through Kearney and its historic landmarks.


The three-hour bike tour will include stops at the state’s oldest hydroelectric plant, the Kearney Cotton Mill and more.

“It shows our community, and shows people in the state as well that want to come out here and join us that history can be fun, and can be engaging. That it’s not all about lectures, that there are other ways to learn about the past and that the past is really all around us as well,” said Will Stoutamire, director of the G.W. Frank Museum in Kearney.

Stoutamire’s partner, David Vail, an assistant professor at UNK, said the humanities aspect of the ride makes for quite the experience.

“It’s also another way of experiencing how humanities can be very active and very relevant to our lives. There’s a lot of blurring of the science and technology parts with the landscape and how Kearney was formed,” Vail said. “The connections between humanities and how it can be an active thing in our lives is what we hope to show too.”

Funding for the program comes from Humanities Nebraska.

Tour Dates are Saturday, September 22nd from 9 a.m. to Noon, Sunday, September 30th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. to Noon. Registration is free and is available online at https://www.unk.edu/pedalingthepast/index.php.

Editor’s Note: By way of full disclosure, NET receives funding from Humanities Nebraska.

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