19th Ash Hollow Historical Pageant is June 17
The American Dream has always been in part “get rich quick.” When gold was discovered in California and reports of gold lying around on the ground in unlimited amounts made it to the east, a great “madness of greed” ensued and thousands rushed west.
“The California Gold Rush of 1849,” this year’s theme for the Ash Hollow Historical Pageant, is part musical, part Ken Burns style historical documentary.
Performed by a regional cast of 25 members and a trail band, the pageant will be held Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. June 17 and 18, at Ash Hollow State Historical Park near Lewellen.
For people who love history and nature, the Ash Hollow Pageant is a must.
The day starts with self-drive tours through Ash Hollow State Historical Park, a well-known stopping place on the Oregon-California Trail.
The chuck wagon supper, a camp meal of beef, kettle beans and fry bread will be served from 5–6:30 p.m.
Musical accompaniment will be provided by Rex Miller on ukulele, Dennis Miller on guitar and Pastor John Stubenrouch on guitar and banjo. Guest performer this year is Eddy Miller on violin. Eddy played at the pageant some years past and is currently making and repairing violins in Salt Lake City.
A quilt show will be held in Lewellen at the United Methodist Church from 10–4 each day.
The Ash Hollow Art Club will have paintings and photography on display from noon until the performance both days.
Park stickers are required for all vehicles. All events are free except for the supper.
Proceeds from the dinner and program sales support Volunteers of America–Western Nebraska services including the preschool, food pantry and health center.
People attending the pageant provide their own seating such as a lawn chair or blanket and will want to be prepared for the temperatures from hot to chilly in the evening. Bug repellent is also a good idea.
Golf carts will be available for people who need a ride from their vehicles to the chuck wagon supper and the performance site. Handicap parking will also be available close to the performance site.
The Ash Hollow Pageant will be performed near the picnic area at Ash Hollow State Historical Park, three miles southeast of Lewellen. The Lewellen Middle School on Hwy. 26 is the rain location.
For more information, contact Volunteers of America at 778-5548.
(Lewellen is making the news with flooding on the North Platte River. This is NOT affecting Ash Hollow State Historical Park and all highways are open in the area. It is, however, an interesting drive around Lewellen to see the flooded meadows. The old county road over the river is closed, but that does not affect the Ash Hollow Pageant in any way.)