Nebraska Before Statehood

Dates: July 11, 2024

Meets: Th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: MCC Sarpy Center 121

Registration Fee: $35.00

There are still openings remaining at this time.

Nebraska, "the land of flat water" has a long history that stretches back thousands of years before this land was explored by Lewis and Clark in 1804 and formally incorporated into a U.S. Territory in 1854. Join us as we explore the story before statehood, a story of various Native American cultures, epidemics and empire-building, conflict and cultural exchange. This course will offer historical context behind the Lewis and Clark Expedition and describe the formative Fur Trade Era of the early 19th century. Along the way we will discuss fascinating characters such as Omaha chiefs Blackbird and Big Elk, fur trader Manuel Lisa, the Creole Fontenelle family, the Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, Mormon leader Brigham Young and many of the “founding fathers” of Nebraska.
Fee: $35.00

Call us at 531-622-2522 M-F, 8-5pm OR call Registration Mon-Thu until 7pm; Friday until 5pm; Saturday until noon 531-622-5231 to see if you qualify for a discount on this course.

MCC Sarpy Center 121

Quintin Slovek

Quintin Slovek is a fourth-generation Omahan and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and the University of Alabama American Studies Master's Program where he focused on early 20th century popular culture. Quintin worked as a teacher's assistant and later guest-lecturer for Omaha Public Schools award-winning Making Invisible Histories Visible Program from 2013 to 2019. He also served as an assistant artist and historical researcher for the South Omaha Mural Project, a public art series dedicated to the area's immigrant communities. He has also worked as a tour guide for the last three years, primarily focused on the Old Market area. His interests include labor and immigration history, Prohibition and organized crime, and collecting the merch of old-school Omaha restaurants, breweries, and other institutions.


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