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On Saturday, April 30th at 2 p.m., the rodeo-roping cowgirls, Joan Wells and Kris Simon, present their living history program, “Up the Nebraska Cattle Trail & Songs of the West”, sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.
They discuss how in 1867, with the surplus cattle in Texas, cattle drives brought hundreds of thousands of cattle to Nebraska. Herds were gathered near San Antonio, Texas, and driven up the Western Trail to Ogallala, Nebraska. During these four-month-long drives, cowboys would pass the time singing about life on the trail. Their music also served to calm the cattle at night. Joan and Kris tell about the cattle drives and the origin of western music while singing the songs of the early-day cowboys. Bring your whole herd to hear the yarns these cowgirls have rustled up!