Live Presentations

Rinker Buck
Rinker Buck, Author of “The Oregon Trail – A New American Journey” will be speaking about his experience with his brother traveling the Oregon Trail and then writing what would go on to be a best-selling book about his adventure.  The original Oregon Trail wagon train traveled through several counties in southeast and south central Nebraska, including Thayer County where the Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska event is held this year.

Bob Bozell
Bob is the Associate Director of the Nebraska State Historical Society and will speak about the the archaeology of the Oregon Trail and about artifacts found on the Oregon Trail.

Jeff Barnes
Jeff will present “To Live and Die on the Plains.”  This will be an interesting look at problems on the trail such as disease, gunshot wounds, stampedes, accidents, Indian attacks and many more!

Cherrie Beam Callaway
Cherrie is a native Nebraska storyteller with the Nebraska Humanities Council.  Cherrie will be in character as “Mariah Monahan,” an immigrant coming to Nebraska in the mid-19th century.

Doug Rung
Doug is a humanities re-enactor who will speak about life on the Oregon Trail as a Pioneer.