June 22-JUNETEENTH Celebration
The Mayhew Cabin will host is annual Juneteenth Celebration on
Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will include living
history programs, Civil War reenactors, and music programs.
Dr. Dan Holtz of Peru State College will present his Humanities
Nebraska program, "Songs & Stories of the Civil War," at 1:30
p.m. In addition, there will be special presentations with an
Abraham Lincoln reenactor at Noon and 2:30 p.m. to commemorate the
150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
September 21-22 Flea Market
The Mayhew Cabin will host an outdoor flea market on September 21-22
(AppleJack weekend). The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both
days and is open to the public at no cost. There is an admission fee
for touring the cabin and museum area. Vendors are welcome. Please
call Cathy at 402-290-7492.
October 19th-Fundraiser Night
The museum will host is second annual fundraiser event on Saturday,
October 19. The program will include a raffle and the presentation
of the Mayhew Cabin Freedom Award.
The Mayhew Cabin hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to
commemorate the restoration of the log schoolhouse. Butch Bouvier,
project leaded, and his crew were in attendance. Mr. Bouvier
mentioned the importance of preserving the building to educate young
people about our past. This event was sponsored by the Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce office.
The spring outdoor Flea Market held at the Mayhew Cabin over Arbor
Day weekend was a huge success. Over 1,100 people attended and many
had positive comments about the event. Over $650 in donations was
raised from the event with all proceeds benefiting the Mayhew Cabin
February 14 &
16 Black History Month Programs
The Mayhew Cabin co-sponsored two programs for Black History
Month. The first program took place at Peru State College on
Thursday, February 14th with Mr. James Beatty, chairman of
the Great Plains Black History Museum, as the speaker. Over 4o
people were in attendance with the student organizations Black
Student Union and Phi Alpha Theta as co-sponsors.
The second program took place at the G.A.R. Hall/Civil War
Museum in Nebraska City on Saturday, February 16. John
Harris gave a great presentation as Frederick Douglass.
The museum raised over $1,000 for the fundraiser. Over 20 people
were in attendance and got to watch the dramatic presentation by
Kerry Altenbernd as John Brown. The evening included appetizers and
a raffle followed by the first Mayhew Cabin Freedom Award given to
The Wirth Family Foundation for their outstanding support of the
October 28-G.A.R. Hall program
The Mayhew Cabin and Civil War Museum co-sponsored a program by
local reenactor and Peru State College senior, Jarrett Willet. He
gave an excellent presentation about the life of a Confederate
soldier. The program had over 15 people in attendance.
October 13-14 Flea Market
The Mayhew Cabin hosted an outdoor Flea Market on October 13-14 from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event drew over 25 vendors and 500 people for
the weekend. The historic will be hosting future flea markets on
Arbor Day weekend (April) and AppleJack weekend (September) next
October 6-Nebraska City Civil War
The Mayhew Cabin and the Lewis & Clark Center co-sponsored the
Nebraska City Civil War Reenactment. It took place on Saturday
October 6 with battles occurring at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. There were over
35 reenactors involved with the event, which drew a crowd of over
300 people. This event is funded in part by the Otoe County Visitors
Committee and Kropp Family Foundation.
June 23-JUNETEENTH Celebration
The Mayhew Cabin hosted its 7th annual Juneteenth Celebration on
Saturday, June 23. Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday that
commemorates the end of American slavery. The event included Civil
War reenactors, rope making demonstration, music from Calvin
Phillips, and special visit from President U.S. Grant. A special
film showing of Freedom Seekers took place that evening. Over people
80 were in attendance for the event and enjoyed all the programs.
May 3- Network to Freedom Panels-Ribbon
Nebraska's newest sites included in the Network to Freedom had
outdoor panels installed. A ribbon cutting was held to commemorate
the installation of these new panels on Thursday, May 3, at 12:30
p.m. at the Old Freighters Museum. Over 30 people were in attendance
including representatives from NSHS, State Travel & Tourism, and the
students from Arlington High School.
March 30-31-Freedom Seekers film showings
The Mayhew Cabin co-sponsored two film showings in Lincoln where
people viewed the film Freedom Seekers. It is a documentary about
the Underground Railroad in this region. Gary Jenkins and Jim
Morgans both attended the showings and over 40 people heard about
the history of the Underground Railroad in this region. Donations at
the events went to the benefit of the Mayhew Cabin Foundation.
February 9-Black History Month Program
The Mayhew Cabin co-sponsored a Black History Month program with
Black Student Union and Phi Alpha Theta at Peru State College on
Thursday, February 9th, at 11 a.m. Over 40 people were in
attendance, and enjoyed Mr. John Harris's first person impression of
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
September 10 COME JOIN US.
General U.S. Grant visits 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 is a free-will
May-September Otoe County Civil War Program
The Mayhew Cabin and several other organizations are going to host a
series of programs to commemorate the 150th of the American Civil
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
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.
June4 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
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
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
- Nebraska Network to Freedom
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.
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.
October 29- The
The Mayhew Cabin hosted a Halloween Event on Friday, October 29, from 6-8 p.m.
Kids and adults enjoyed walking through the cave and visiting the
"haunted village." The museum had over 40 people in attendance.
August 28- Public
As part of the museum's
deaccession, the site held a public auction on Saturday, August
28 at 10:30 A.M. Over 600 items were sold that day by the Brooke &
Francis Auction Company. The entire sale went well with most
attendees pleased with their purchases.
July 25- Membership
Dr. Sara Crook portrayed Barbara Mayhew for the
membership program. The Mayhew Cabin had several people become new
members as part of the membership drive. Memberships are still available
and you can become a member of the
Mayhew Cabin museum at only $10 for one year or check for other
July 21- Book
C. LaRene Hall, author of
Martha's Freedom Train, hosted a book signing at the museum.
She was able to promote her book to local residents and share her
story that the site was the inspiration for her work.
26- JUNETEENTH Celebration
The site hosted its annual
event on Saturday, June 26th. J Civil War
reenactors held several skirmishes throughout the day and Butch Bouvier
discussed woodworking . Fred Nielsen of the
Nebraska Humanities Council
presented the program “Completing, Remembering, and
Forgetting the Civil War," which informed people how difficult it
was to make peace after the conflict. It was the most successful
Juneteenth Celebration at the Mayhew Cabin to date with 110 people in
The museum held a ribbon
cutting ceremony to commemorate its new exhibits. Over 35
people were in attendance for the ceremony including several
dignitaries. Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy, Network to Freedom
Grant Administrator (NPS) Mary Krause, and Nebraska State Historical
Society Director Michael Smith each gave a few remarks about the
important story the Mayhew Cabin tells and its relation to Nebraska
history. Other honored guests included Senator Brenda Council,
Arlene Easter and Nancy Lutz of the Wirth Family Foundation, and
Otoe County Commissioner Rick Freshman. The public was impressed
with the set up of the new exhibits, which focus on the history of
slavery in America and the development of the Underground Railroad.
Ribbon cutting ceremony with Senator Council (left) and
Lieutenant Governor Sheehy (right)
Jim Morgans spoke
at successful fundraiser
Mr. James Morgans spoke on March 28th
after the spaghetti feed. He highlighted the Underground Railroad on
the western frontier and the commitment people had to fight slavery
in the West. He has written two books available at Amazon or Barnes
Mr. Morgans holding his book about John Todd
FEBRUARY 4 ,
Black History Month program
& Thom Rosenblum gave a brief history of the Brown v. Board of
Education decision. The speakers were from the
National Historic Site in Topeka,
-Sponsored by PSC's Phi Alpha Theta chapter & Black Student Union along
with the Mayhew Cabin
Linda Rosenblum explained how the
Brown decision was interpreted through editorial cartoons
& TOURS AVAILABLE
Where we are...
Just minutes off I-29 and less than an hour from Lincoln,
St. Joseph are close to home.
Mayhew Cabin, the Historic Village and the John Brown Cave
are open daily May through October. Join us Thursday through Sunday from Noon- 5 pm.
Additional times are available by appointment. Admission:
Adults $3 & Children $1.
The Mayhew Cabin's Director developed a presentation & program about
the Underground Railroad in Nebraska and slavery in the region. The
program is listed under the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau.
Please visit the website HumanitiesNebraska.org to reserve the
The Mayhew Cabin is an excellent field trip opportunity for your
school or group. Come walk through the 150-year-old cabin and see
where history was made. A visit to our museum includes viewing the
cabin & historic village with a guided tour explaining the Mayhew
family's connection to the Underground Railroad.
Students - $1 (this rate includes High School)
Adults - $2 (all teachers/staff/parents)
Additional fee of $10 for tour guide
Actor Danny Glover visits the
traveling exhibit & Mayhew family
Harper's Ferry 150th-John Brown's Fort
Mayhew Cabin's Traveling Exhibit debut
at Harper's Ferry