By Ray Kappel
We will try to run a series of articles to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of statehood during 2017. This first one is an interview with Prof. Sara Crook of Peru St. College. She is serving on the Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial Committee that is arranging and encouraging celebrations around the state.
We asked her one basic question, among others, what was Nebraska like 150 years ago?
At that time, the Native American tribes Pawnee, Otoe, Omaha, Lakota, and Ponca, being the main ones, were still in the area. As early as 1854, the Eastern and Southern areas of Nebraska were starting to fill with settlers. 1854 is the year the area was opened to white settlement through the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
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