Oak Nebraska, a small village of approximately 35 people, is hosting a daylong Celebration on July 26th.
2014 denotes the 150th anniversary of the Indian raids that occurred in Nuckolls County, near Oak, on the Oregon Trail. Our village is planning a very special event to commemorate this sesquicentennial event. Since 1967, we have hosted reenactments of the raids. Using horses and riders dressed in appropriate attire, the re-enactments are held on the sites where the raids occurred. We conduct a guided 20 mile motor tour that leads guests to the sites to witness re-enactments and narrations.
The most famous raid involved the kidnapping of Laura Roper and 3 others who were returned unharmed months later. Laura returned in 1929 and marked the actual site of her capture. A monument has been placed there and is visible on the tour.
Our day will also include “War Pony”, a Native American who will be present to tell stories of his ancestors. Also, we will have a blacksmith, threshing machine, antique tractors, buggy rides, broom making, flea market, museum tour, live entertainment and the beef BBQ Oak is famous for.
We normally get between 500 and 700 attendees which is quite a feat for a town of 35.
Funded in part by the Humanities of Ne. and Ne. Cultural Endowment.