Between 1843 and 1869 nearly 500,000 pioneers packed up their belongings and crossed the Nebraska prairie on the Oregon, Mormon and California trails. Trails experiences come to life as you travel through the Archway show. Learn about the Great Platte River Road, the route followed by the overland trails, the first transcontinental railroad and the first transcontinental interstate. From a buffalo stampede to a Lincoln Highway drive-in movie and more, experience the route that opened the West.
THE PAWNEE/ARIKARA EARTH LODGE
The educational mission of the Archway continues to grow with the addition of the Pawnee/Arikara earth lodge. The culture of the Pawnee and other Great Plains tribe, and their contributions to our history, are celebrated through programs presented at the Great Platte River Road Archway.
2013 SCHOOL PRICES
Archway Tour only - $3.00 per Elementary/Middle School Student (1 hour)
Tour + Two Historical Re-enactments - $4.00 per person (1 1/2 hours)
Educational Programs - See linked flyers for length, standards addressed, and pricing
TrailBlaze Maze - $2.00 per person (15 minutes)
2013 SCHOOL PROGRAMS
These programs address Nebraska Social Studies/History, Science, Reading and Writing Content Standards.
~PROGRAMS OFFERED DURING SPECIFIC TIMES ~
OF THE sCHOOL YEAR
Homesteading the Plains 150th Anniversary Program!
Spring and Fall Program
January 1st marks 150 years since the first homestead was claimed, right here in Nebraska!!!
Take part in this new, entertaining and informative program where your students will become homesteaders! The years 2012 and 2013 mark the 150th anniversary of the historic event that helped shape the plains and the future of Nebraska (Can be tailored for Kansas Schools as well). This is a program you will not want to miss! In order to see what it took to be a homesteader, your student, now homesteader, will have to decide what tools and provisions to take, brave the trail to find their homestead, and start a new life on the plains. All this in the shadow of the Archway’s Sod house, led by 1860’s reenactors! Do not miss this learning opportunity!
Come Motor the Lincoln Highway!
This special program will help prepare your students to be a part of the Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration, to be held along US Highway 30 and Kearney, Nebraska. Students will learn about
early highway construction, the early stages of America's tourism industry, and the hardships, and adventure, of traveling by automobile in 1913. Grab your duster and goggles, and join in the Lincoln
Highway Centennial Celebration!
Click Flyer for Program Details
Civil War Program 150th Anniversary Program!
Spring and Fall Program
Join us in remembering and learning about Nebraska’s role in the American Civil War. This year marks the 150th Anniversary of some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. Learn about the tensions in Nebraska and back east as the nation continues to rip itself apart. Your students will become recruits and be able to better understand the lives and thoughts of those caught up in this epic struggle of 150 years ago.
One Day Only 150th Civil War Anniversary Program
April 26th 2013
Our 3rd annual one day civil war program will be held April 26th and will include several rousing stations run by 1860’s reenactors from across the state. This well done event will help your student see many aspects of life as it might have been in 1863. An entire military camp will await you. You will not want to miss the booming of the cannon nor the instruments of the military surgeon. It is said that the womoan of the territory will even turn out in support of those new recuits!
Spring is the Moon of the Red Buffalo Calf
Visit the earth lodge Spring 2013 to learn more about Native American Culture! Beginning with the Moon of the Red Buffalo Calf the people in the earth lodge were busy; the women needed to prepare their fields, while the men prepared for the big summer hunt. Students will use Pawnee farm tools, prepare a travois for travel, use hunting disguises and prepare a par fleche for storing the bounty of the hunt. Join us in the earth lodge for this exciting cultural program!
Click Flyer for Program Details
HARVESTING THE PLAINS
September - October program
Sept & Oct - The most exciting new program we've had to offer! The Harvesting the Plains program is the result of eight years of working with the Pawnee Nation! This incredible program includes the Pawnee/Arikara earth lodge and crops grown for the Pawnee. Join us as we reap the harvest of rare Pawnee crops, and learn about the harvest on the plains in the mid 1800's. See flyer for standards addressed.
SANDHILL CRANE PROGRAM
March 9 - April 6, 2013
Tour the Archway, watch a film about sand hill cranes, and go out into the country with one of our trained guides to learn about the incredible sand hill cranes!
~PROGRAMS OFFERED DURING ANY MONTH OF THE YEAR~
HISTORIC REENACTMENT TOUR ( click here for a description of re-enactments)
Tour the Archway and experience two living history reenactments presented by Archway actors and actresses. These first-hand accounts detail the extreme challenges of the era of the trails, and pay tribute to the strength of the human spirit.
aRCHWAY tOUR & EARTH LODGE pROGRAM
Spend one hour in the Archway and a second hour with an Archway instructor in our earth lodge, learning about the lives of the Plains tribes who lived in them.
FROM TRAILS TO RAILS
AN ARCHWAY CLASSIC, AND FAVORITE TRAIL PROGRAM FOR MANY SCHOOLS
EASILY ACCOMODATES 10 TO 150 STUDENTS
PUT STUDENTS IN THE SHOES OF THE PIONEERS
Prepare to leave Independence, MO in 1858, your jumping off point for the Oregon Trail. Buy all of the supplies that you will need to travel the Great Platte River Road. Will you have enough money? Will you buy the right supplies? See flyer for standards addressed.
TrailBlaze Maze Program Flyer
The 500,000 pioneers who followed the overland routes through Nebraska blazed new trails. Learn about the difficulties and dangers that they faced. Learn about the Oregon, Mormon, and California trails as well as the Pony Express and stagecoach routes and hear true stories from the trails. Discover why all of the trails converged near Ft. Kearny, and how the Great Platte River Road got its name. Weather permitting, blaze your own trail through the TrailBlaze Maze.
The TrailBlazeMaze is open April through October, with additional times as the weather permits.
Don't see the program you are looking for?
Please call or email us for other programs not listed online.
To receive more information on our School Programs please contact Dawna Ourada at
877-511-ARCH or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.