In our region of the United States, June and September are the optimal months for outdoor events. It seems that there are at least ten events going on any given weekend throughout the area, Nebraska City is no exception. While we try to space the events out during the month sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. So instead of competing against each other for visitors the museums collaborate to attract more visitors to their event and encourage participants to visit all of the sites. Saturday, June 17 will be a busy day. With both events beginning at 10:00, the Mayhew Cabin with John Brown’s Cave will be holding their annual Juneteenth Commemorative Event. The oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of American slavery, the event will include living history demonstrations throughout the day. A music program will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by John Harris of Lincoln doing a first person presentation as Frederick Douglass at 1:00 p.m. Running at the same time the Old Freighters Museum will be holding its annual “Trails West Day”, from 10:00 – 4:00. The event focuses on those who traveled on the overland trails and features living history demonstrations, hands-on children activities, a petting zoo and horse-drawn wagon rides. The event is made possible through a grant from the local Wal-Mart. These are both ‘family friendly’ events providing a great opportunity to learn and enjoy some family time. While donations are always accepted, they are both wallet friendly offering free admission. This is a great opportunity to learn about more about Nebraska City’s history and how it impacted the America as well, all within one day. IF YOU GO Saturday, June 17, “Trails West Day”, 10:00 – 4:00 Old Freighters Museum 407 N. 14th Street, Nebraska City Mayhew Cabin with John Brown’s Cave 2012 4th Corso, Nebraska City 10:00 – 5:00 402-873-3115 www.mayhewcabin.org