February (Date TBD) Black History Month program
The Mayhew Cabin will help co-sponsor the annual program at Peru State College. In addition, the museum will look to sponsor a special program for the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth in Nebraska City. Please check back for updates.
June 23 (tentative)-Annual Juneteenth Event
The Mayhew Cabin will host its annual Juneteenth Celebration in June 2018. The event usually consist of music programs, living history demonstrators, Civil War reenactors, and historical presentations.
October (Date TBD) PRINT Paranormal Ghost Hunt Events
The museum will host its fifth annual Paranormal Ghost Hunt Class with the Paranormal Investigative Team known as P.R.I.N.T. This is a chance for people to go on a real paranormal investigation on the museum grounds. Generally, the cost is $20 per person and you must be 18 years or older to attend. Also, a summer date (July) is possible for this program in addition to the annual October dates.
For any information on programs or events, please call us at 402-873-3115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
October 13th & 21st PRINT Paranormal Ghost Hunt Events
The museum hosted its fourth annual Paranormal Ghost Hunt Class this past October. The Paranormal Investigative Team known as P.R.I.N.T took people on real paranormal investigations on the museum grounds. Please look for a possible date in July next year (summer 2018) and for sure next October. As usual, the cost will be$20 per person and you must be 18 years or older to attend.
October 7-8 Nebraska City Civil War Reenactment
The event was held over the first full weekend of October. It saw at least 500 people in attendance over the weekend. Special thanks to the Nelson Family Foundation, Kropp Family Foundation, and City of Nebraska City.
Schedule for October 7th (Saturday) and 8th (Sunday)
Battles at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (located in haying field south of 4th Cors0)
Campsites open to public in Wildwood Park (near main drive)
Historic Displays near Wildwood House both days
Reception at G.A.R. Hall (910 1st Corso) on Saturday
Programs for Civil War Event (held at Mayhew Cabin museum)
11 a.m. Saturday (October 7th)-Dr. Davis presents "The Impact of Reconstruction Politics on Nebraska Statehood."
2 p.m. Sunday (October 8th)-Dave Wells presents "GAR/Civil War monuments across Nebraska: The Legacy of Union Veterans."
Other demonstrations (near Civil War camp)
1860s era cricket games by Tom Melville over the weekend
August 27-Mayhew Cabin Membership Drive
The museum hosted a membership drive on Sunday, August 27th, from 2 to 4 p.m. It was highlighted by Dr. Sara Crook's program "Stories from Nebraska's Underground Railroad." The museum had attendees to the program become new members. And remember, you can still become a member for 2017. Memberships start at only $10 for one year or check the other levels.
June 17-Annual Juneteenth Event
The Mayhew Cabin hosted its annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17, with over 100 people in attendance. The event included living history demonstrators, musical programs, and Civil War reenactors. In addition, several people listened to John Harris portray Frederick Douglass.
February 2 Black History Month program
The Mayhew Cabin and Peru State College student organizations, Black Student Union and Phi Alpha Theta, co-sponsored a presentation by Cathleen Briley (Mayhew Cabin board member). She discussed her new manuscript (titled The Twelve) and gave information about John Brown, John Kagi, and the last group of escaping slaves that they took to freedom.
October 8th & 22nd PRINT Paranormal Ghost Hunt Events
The museum hosted its third annual Paranormal Ghost Hunt Class this past October. It was a huge success with over 30 people in attendance for the ghost hunts. The Paranormal Investigative Team known as P.R.I.N.T took people on real paranormal investigations on the museum grounds. We will look to host them again next year so keep posted on our events page for updates.
June 18-Annual Juneteenth Event
The Mayhew Cabin hosted its 10th annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 45 people came to visit with the Civil War Reenactors and living history demonstrators. Also, several people attended Dr. Fred Nielsen's program Abraham Lincoln, America's Greatest Political Orator, which was sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. In addition, people enjoyed the music programs provided by Christ Temple Church Praise Team (of Lincoln, NE) and Dr. Dan Holtz.
May 31-Walk Forever Free Kick-Off
Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce Business After Hours
The museum hosted a Business After Hours program from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. Several people came to visit with Arlington High School teacher Barry Jurgensen before he started on his incredible 527 mile walk to Chicago on June 1 (and did arrive on July 2). Mr. Jurgensen worked with the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives to raise money to educate people about modern day slavery (i.e. human trafficking).
April 30- Walk Forever Free Presentation
Barry Jurgensen, Arlington (NE) High School teacher, presented his work with high school students on researching Network to Freedom sites. In addition, he described to the audience the journey he will take this summer by walking 500 miles from Nebraska City to Chicago, IL to raise awareness about modern-day slavery.
February 18-Black History Month program
The Mayhew Cabin and Peru State College student organizations, Black Student Union and Phi Alpha Theta, co-sponsored the program A Territory during the War Between the States: Nebraska in the Civil War. Over 40 people were in attendance as Volunteer Director Hayes described the important role Nebraska played in the Civil War.
October 24 PRINT Paranormal Ghost Hunt Event
The museum hosted its second annual Paranormal Ghost Hunt Class on Saturday, October 24th with the Paranormal Investigative Team known as P.R.I.N.T. At least 15 people attended the class and got to experience a real-life paranormal investigation. If would like more information about the paranormal group or future paranormal classes, please call 402-416-1148 or email email@example.com.
June 27-JUNETEENTH Celebration
February 26 Black History Month program
The Mayhew Cabin hosted its annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 27th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Over 100 people came to event and enjoyed presentations that included first person programs of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (performed by Lee Williams and Charles Pace respectively). In addition, the public was able to walk the grounds and talk with living history demonstrators such as Civil War reenactors. Part of the programming was funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
'To Do Battle in the Land' Film showing
The Mayhew Cabin co-sponsored the showing of the National Park Service film John Brown�s Raid: To Do Battle in the Land at Peru State College. Over 15 students and faculty members were present. Afterwards, there was a discussion about John Brown and how he is viewed in today's American society. Thank you to the local Phi Alpha Theta and Black Student Union chapters of Peru State College.
October 25 PRINT Paranormal Ghost Hunt Event
The museum hosted a Paranormal Ghost Hunt on Saturday, October 25th, with the Paranormal Investigative Team known as P.R.I.N.T. Over 10 people attended the class and went on a real paranormal investigation. If would like more information about the paranormal group or future paranormal classes, please call 402-416-1148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 4-5 Nebraska City Civil War Reenactment
The Mayhew Cabin helped sponsor the first large Civil War Reenactment in Nebraska City in 15 years. It was a two-day event filled with battles, programs, and displays. Several people attended the programs at the Mayhew Cabin museum and many people viewed the Civil War artifact collections of Moss Ellis and Bill Dean at the Wildwood Historic Center. At least 800 people attended the reenactment battles that were held in Wildwood Park over the weekend and several people visited with the reenactors and walked through the campsites. We would like to thank the City of Nebraska City, the Wirth Family Foundation, the Kropp Family Foundation, and OCVC for sponsoring the event.
September 20-21 Flea Market
The Mayhew Cabin hosted a fall flea market during AppleJack weekend. Over 30 vendors participated in the event and several hundred people attended. Despite the rain on Saturday morning, the event was very successful. The event raised over $1,100 for the Mayhew Cabin Foundation.
June 21-JUNETEENTH Celebration
The museum hosted its annual Juneteenth event on June 21st. There were over 90 people in attendance. The Nebraska Governor's Proclamation for Juneteenth was read throughout the day. Several people listened to Dr. Davis talk about African American Soldiers during the Civil War, sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. In addition, people got to visit with Civil War reenacotrs, listen to musical programs (by Calvin Phillips and Christ Temple Church Praise Team), and see living history demonstrations. And we would like to thank the Steinhart Foundation for sponsoring our annual Juneteenth Event.
April 26-27 Flea Market
The Mayhew Cabin hosted a spring indoor/outdoor flea market over Arbor Day weekend Over 35 vendors participated in the event and several hundred people attended. The event raised over a $1,000 with all proceeds benefiting the Mayhew Cabin Foundation. We appreciate the hard work of Cathleen Briley and Jim Williams in coordinating this event.
February 18 Black History Month program
Freedom Seekers Film showing
The Mayhew Cabin co-sponsored the film showing of Freedom Seekers: Stories from the Western Underground Railroad on the campus of Peru State College (Peru, NE). The local Phi Alpha Theta and Black Student Union chapters also co-sponsored the program. There were over 25 people in attendance and a great discussion took place afterwards with Gary Jenkins.
October 19th-Fundraiser Night
The museum will hosted its second annual fundraiser event on Saturday, October 19 from 4:30 to 6:30. The program included presentations from Calvin Phillips and the Arlington High School students. In addition, the Mayhew Cabin presented its second annual Mayhew Freedom Award to Anna Webster with efforts as a tour guide and developing the gift shop at the site.
September 21-22 Flea Market
The Mayhew Cabin hosted a fall flea market over AppleJack weekend. It was a huge success with over 1,400 people in attendance and over $1,000 in donations with all proceeds benefiting the museum's non-profit foundation.
June 22-JUNETEENTH Celebration
The Mayhew Cabin hosted its annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event included living history programs, Civil War reenactors, and music programs. Dr. Dan Holtz of Peru State College presented his Humanities Nebraska program, "Songs & Stories of the Civil War" and Lee Williams made special first person presentations as Abraham Lincoln to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The NAACP-Omaha Chapter was in attendance and KETV Channel 7 news of Omaha filmed parts of the event. Visit there website to see the video that was on the 10 o'clock news or visit the Nebraska City News-Press website to see photos as well. It was a very successful event with over 140 people in attendance.
The Mayhew Cabin hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the restoration of the log schoolhouse. Butch Bouvier, project leaded, and his crew were in attendance. Mr. Bouvier mentioned the importance of preserving the building to educate young people about our past. This event was sponsored by the Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce office.
The spring outdoor Flea Market held at the Mayhew Cabin over Arbor Day weekend was a huge success. Over 1,100 people attended and many had positive comments about the event. Over $650 in donations was raised from the event with all proceeds benefiting the Mayhew Cabin Foundation.
February 14 & 16 Black History Month Programs
The Mayhew Cabin co-sponsored two programs for Black History Month. The first program took place at Peru State College on Thursday, February 14th with Mr. James Beatty, chairman of the Great Plains Black History Museum, as the speaker. Over 4o people were in attendance with the student organizations Black Student Union and Phi Alpha Theta as co-sponsors. The second program took place at the G.A.R. Hall/Civil War Museum in Nebraska City on Saturday, February 16. John Harris gave a great presentation as Frederick Douglass.
November 9th-Fundraiser Night
The museum raised over $1,000 for the fundraiser. Over 20 people were in attendance and got to watch the dramatic presentation by Kerry Altenbernd as John Brown. The evening included appetizers and a raffle followed by the first Mayhew Cabin Freedom Award given to The Wirth Family Foundation for their outstanding support of the Mayhew Cabin.
October 28-G.A.R. Hall program
The Mayhew Cabin and Civil War Museum co-sponsored a program by local reenactor and Peru State College senior, Jarrett Willet. He gave an excellent presentation about the life of a Confederate soldier. The program had over 15 people in attendance.
October 13-14 Flea Market
The Mayhew Cabin hosted an outdoor flea market on October 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event drew over 25 vendors and 500 people for the weekend.
October 6-Nebraska City Civil War Reenactment
The Mayhew Cabin and the Lewis & Clark Center co-sponsored the Nebraska City Civil War Reenactment. It took place on Saturday October 6 with battles occurring at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. There were over 35 reenactors involved with the event, which drew a crowd of over 300 people. This event is funded in part by the Otoe County Visitors Committee and Kropp Family Foundation.
June 23-JUNETEENTH Celebration
The Mayhew Cabin hosted its 7th annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 23. Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of American slavery. The event included Civil War reenactors, rope making demonstration, music from Calvin Phillips, and special visit from President U.S. Grant. A special film showing of Freedom Seekers took place that evening. Over people 80 were in attendance for the event and enjoyed all the programs.
May 3- Network to Freedom Panels-Ribbon Cutting
Nebraska's newest sites included in the Network to Freedom had outdoor panels installed. A ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the installation of these new panels on Thursday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. at the Old Freighters Museum. Over 30 people were in attendance including representatives from NSHS, State Travel & Tourism, and the students from Arlington High School.
March 30-31-Freedom Seekers film showings in Lincoln
The Mayhew Cabin co-sponsored two film showings in Lincoln where people viewed the film Freedom Seekers. It is a documentary about the Underground Railroad in this region. Gary Jenkins and Jim Morgans both attended the showings and over 40 people heard about the history of the Underground Railroad in this region. Donations at the events went to the benefit of the Mayhew Cabin Foundation.
February 9-Black History Month Program
The Mayhew Cabin co-sponsored a Black History Month program with Black Student Union and Phi Alpha Theta at Peru State College on Thursday, February 9th, at 11 a.m. Over 40 people were in attendance, and enjoyed Mr. John Harris's first person impression of Frederick Douglass.
November 5-Nebraska City Civil War Reenactment
The Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center (held on their grounds) and the Mayhew Cabin co-sponsored this event. It was a huge success with 40 re-enactors participating and at least 150 to 200 spectators in attendance. The public got to enjoy two battles throughout the day and watched the re-enactors portray the battle of Shiloh. The event was held as part of commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and it was the first such event in Nebraska City in over 10 years. The Mayhew Cabin would like to thank Butch Bouvier and John Wilcox for all their hard work, time, and effort in preparing the food for the re-enactors. We would also like to thank Wal-Mart for helping fund the event, in part, with a "Local Community Funds" grant. Finally, a "thank you" to all the re-enactors, living history demonstrators, staff, and volunteers for making it a great event. All their time and effort is greatly appreciated.
September 10 COME JOIN US.
General U.S. Grant visits the Mayhew Cabin/John Brown's Cave the second of weekend of September. He will discuss his experience leading the Union army through the nation's great Civil War. The program is at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council (portrayal by Dr. Tom King).
June 25-JUNETEENTH Celebration
The Mayhew Cabin hosted its annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 25, from 12-5. Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of American slavery. The day will be filled with a variety of activities. They include Civil War skirmishes, living history demonstrations, musical programs, and historical speakers. Presenters include Civil War reenactors, Great Plains Black History Museum speaker, Christ Temple Church (Lincoln) Choir, Omaha Panthers Drill team, and many more. Come join us for our unique Juneteenth Celebration. Admission that day is a free-will donation.
May-September Otoe County Civil War Program Series
The Mayhew Cabin and several other organizations are going to host a series of programs to commemorate the 150th of the American Civil War.
April 14-15 Peru State College Undergraduate Conference -held at Peru State College campus. Topic: Trial of the Nation: American Civil War
May 23 "History of the 1st NE Infantry" by Paul Lahowitz. The program is hosted by the Nebraska City Historical Society at there monthly meeting. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and is held at Arbor Bank (911 Central Av) in Nebraska City.
May 30 Otoe County Museum of Memories Ike Stewart Memorial Service. Ike was a former slave and Civil War veteran buried in Park Hill Cemetery in an unmarked grave The service will follow the Syracuse Legion Memorial Day program at Park Hill Cemetery on 17th Street in Syracuse at 11:00 a.m.
June4 Wildwood Historic House hosts "Joining the 1st NE" or reenactment of Nebraskans volunteering for the Union army in 1861. The program will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and located at 420 Steinhart Park Road. Come join the union army near Wildwood
July 10 Civil War Presentation titled "A Nation Divided" by Otoe County Museum of Memories at 1:00 p.m. in a tent at 6th and Chestnut in Syracuse
August 7 G.A.R. Hall/Civil War Veterans Museum hosts Dean Podoll. He will present "The Second Nebraska Cavalry and the Battle of Whitestone Hill" at 2 p.m. The museum is located at 910 1st Corso
September 10 Dr. Tom King portrays General Grant at the Mayhew Cabin/John Brown's Cave the second of weekend of September. The program is at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council.
March 11-12 - Nebraska Network to Freedom Conference
The Mayhew Cabin and several other organizations sponsored the first Nebraska Network to Freedom Conference. Around 40 people attended the Friday evening reception at the G.A.R. Memorial Hall. The evening included a presentation of the Mayhew Cabin's National Register listing certificate.
The Saturday program included a full day of presentations about various aspects of the Underground Railroad in the region. 65 people were in attendance to enjoy the program and tour. The day ended with a nice meal at Brownville's Whiskey Creek Run winery. Finally, the event ended with a film showing by Gary Jenkins.
February 10-Black History Month program
The Mayhew Cabin and Black Student Union co-hosted a Black History Month on February 10, at 11 a.m. Bill Hayes, Director, presented "The Story of the Mayhew Cabin: Nebraska's Underground Railroad." Mr. Hayes discussed various aspects of Nebraska's Underground Railroad history.
October 29- The Haunted Village
The Mayhew Cabin hosted a Halloween Event on Friday, October 29, from 6-8 p.m. Kids and adults enjoyed walking through the cave and visiting the "haunted village." The museum had over 40 people in attendance.
August 28- Public Auction
As part of the museum's deaccession, the site held a public auction on Saturday, August 28 at 10:30 A.M. Over 600 items were sold that day by the Brooke & Francis Auction Company. The entire sale went well with most attendees pleased with their purchases.
July 25- Membership Drive
Dr. Sara Crook portrayed Barbara Mayhew for the membership program. The Mayhew Cabin had several people become new members as part of the membership drive. Memberships are still available and you can become a member of the Mayhew Cabin museum at only $10 for one year or check for other levels.
July 21- Book Signing
C. LaRene Hall, author of Martha's Freedom Train, hosted a book signing at the museum. She was able to promote her book to local residents and share her story that the site was the inspiration for her work.
June 26- JUNETEENTH Celebration
The site hosted its annual Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 26th. J Civil War reenactors held several skirmishes throughout the day and Butch Bouvier discussed woodworking . Fred Nielsen of the Nebraska Humanities Council presented the program �Completing, Remembering, and Forgetting the Civil War," which informed people how difficult it was to make peace after the conflict. It was the most successful Juneteenth Celebration at the Mayhew Cabin to date with 110 people in attendance.
May 22-Grand Opening Ceremony
The museum held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate its new exhibits. Over 35 people were in attendance for the ceremony including several dignitaries. Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy, Network to Freedom Grant Administrator (NPS) Mary Krause, and Nebraska State Historical Society Director Michael Smith each gave a few remarks about the important story the Mayhew Cabin tells and its relation to Nebraska history. Other honored guests included Senator Brenda Council, Arlene Easter and Nancy Lutz of the Wirth Family Foundation, and Otoe County Commissioner Rick Freshman. The public was impressed with the set up of the new exhibits, which focus on the history of slavery in America and the development of the Underground Railroad.
Ribbon cutting ceremony with Senator Council (left) and Lieutenant Governor Sheehy (right)
Jim Morgans spoke at successful fundraiser
Mr. James Morgans spoke on March 28th after the spaghetti feed. He highlighted the Underground Railroad on the western frontier and the commitment people had to fight slavery in the West. He has written two books available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Mr. Morgans holding his book about John Todd
FEBRUARY 4 , Black History Month program
Linda & Thom Rosenblum gave a brief history of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The speakers were from the National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas.
-Sponsored by PSC's Phi Alpha Theta chapter & Black Student Union along with the Mayhew Cabin
Linda Rosenblum explained how the Brown decision was interpreted through editorial cartoons