Historic Nebraska buildings to reopen Friday
LINCOLN, Neb. — Several historic buildings at Buffalo Bill Ranch and Fort Hartsuff state historical parks will reopen to the public beginning on Friday, Aug. 7.
Operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, these buildings have remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic so staff could make plans to protect important historical resources, which cannot be disinfected the same way as other facilities or items.
“We have developed methods whereby visitors can still see firsthand some of the historic facilities we operate while also protecting the historic resources, park staff, and the public,” said Bob Hanover, assistant parks division administrator. “We are excited to see guests once again experience these buildings that are so integral to our past.”
Buildings that will reopen include:
- Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park: the mansion
- Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park: post headquarters, enlisted men’s barracks, quartermaster storehouse, carpenter and blacksmith shop, stable, and guardhouse.
They will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Some exhibits have been removed from these locations for safekeeping, while others will be monitored as long as the health situation lasts to ensure ongoing protection.
Nebraska Game and Parks wants to remind visitors to recreate responsibly; wear a mask in the historic buildings and visitor centers, use hand sanitizer, and refrain from touching items inside the buildings. Guests should also follow state and local health measures currently in place.
For more information, visit OutdoorNebraska.org.