Stamp Your Passport at The Pawnee Arts Center

The Pawnee Arts Center - Larsen 04132016Written by Chelsea Larsen:

The Pawnee Arts Center made the cut!! The center will be among eighty Nebraska attractions on ten themed tours along Nebraska’s Passport Program. This year’s Passport Program will be helping celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

“The Passport Program encourages travelers to explore the state collecting stamps, while reconnecting with Nebraska and supporting small business and attractions,” explains Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director Kathy McKillip in the press release. “Year after year the program gains popularity. In 2015 more than 24,600 travelers collected stamps and we expect 2016’s participation to be even better.” Stop by the Pawnee Arts Center to get all the details on the program.

At the time of Dannebrog’s settlement, about 200 Pawnee made up an established village on the Middle Loup River. This population swelled to 500 by Christmas 1871. Within thirty years, the Pawnee would be completely relocated to Oklahoma. In 2007, Roger Welsch became the first white man to return his land back to the Native Americans. The Pawnee became landowners in Nebraska for the first time in over a hundred years when Welsch gave over 60 acres back to them. The previous owners of The Lil Mermaid followed suit in 2009, when they retired and deeded the building to the Pawnee Nation.

The Pawnee Arts Center will celebrate its sixth anniversary on April 26th this year. This nonprofit center offers the opportunity to learn about the Pawnee art and culture and the Pawnee Nation’s history on the Middle Loup river. The Pawnee Art Center serves as a symbolic place for the Pawnee who now have a place to share their culture and history, but it also serves as a portal to the land’s history beyond the danish settlement of the late 1800s. It goes without saying that when Dannebrog’s rich Pawnee, Danish, and American cultures not only coincide but collaborate, the possibilities for our community’s impact are endless!

The Pawnee Arts Center is staffed entirely by volunteers and will be expanding its hours soon. As the weather gets nice, the center will host a series of programs covering many different topics. The Stjernen will do its best to publish the dates of these events as they occur. We hope to see you at the center soon!

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