Fontenelle Trading Post: Speaker Series
March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Learn about the fascinating history of the Fontenelle Trading Post!
This Speaker Series is designed to complement the Nebraska’s Deep Roots exhibit in Baright Gallery. Each speaker will provide a diverse perspective on the impact and importance of the Trading Post. See the list of specific dates and topics below.
DATEs: Dates listed below
TIME: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 200
PROGRAM FEE: Free for members or with daily admission for non-members (sales tax included). Click HERE to see admission prices.
NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Lance Foster – Tribal Vice Chairman, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska – will join us to share the history of the fur trade from the perspective of the Iowa tribe.
The fur trade was a time of exchange, usually thought of as the simple trade of furs for other items. However, the exchange of language, culture, and economic favors that came with these trades has written a history that is more nuanced than people may understand. Come connect with the history of the land we live on, the people who have walked here before us, and the people who keep this history alive.
Fort Atkinson, active from 1820-1827, was a military fort built to protect the fur trade on the Missouri River. While researching the documents relevant to this fort, a story emerged about the people who lived there. While some people were famous, others played a smaller part in the fort’s history. The presentation will also touch on the research process.
Susan Juza, a retired history teacher, began working part-time at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park north of Omaha, in 1995. Her passion for research helped to locate records at the National Archives and many different historical societies. These records have helped us understand the life at the old military fort.
The Mountain Man rendezvous was an annual gathering in the mountains where the mountain men sold their furs and resupplied for the upcoming year. Held every year from 1825-1840, they were the largest social event in the west. In some years, total attendance at the rendezvous might exceed 2,000 individuals. Mountain Man James Beckwourth described the festivities as a scene of: “Mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic, with all sorts of extravagances that white men or [American] Indians could invent.”
Recreating aspects of this wild and raucous time, Donald Wade Davis and his associates will play music, spin yarns, and tell tall tales just like the Mountain Men of old. Hopefully the visitor will get a small taste of what life was really like at these wonderful gatherings of some of the west’s most colorful characters!