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
General U.S. Grant visited 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 was 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. June 4
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.

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