Actors portray history of North Platte during the Civil War area

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - There is a lot of history in North Platte and local actors are bringing it all to life Friday and Saturday.

Actors portray characters from the Civil War area on the grounds of the Lincoln County Historical Museum Friday night. (Source: Holly Barraclough, KNOP TV)

This year, in place of the usual cemetery tours, the Lincoln County Historical Museum is hosting the "Grit and Duds Civil War Tour."

Fridays events started at 6:30 p.m. with live Civil War music from The North Platte Municipal Band. The Guided Lantern Tours started at 7:00 p.m. featuring living history presentations of Civil War ghosts by local actors and actresses in 11 different stations.

"It's my 5th year," said Suzi Knolles, who is portraying Rohanna Klein, "It's something I really enjoy doing it's fun to be another character and it's really fun to give people information about North Platte. There's so much history in North Platte so it's neat for people to learn more about it."

Jim Griffin with the Lincoln County Historical Museum said the purpose of these tours it to educate the public about the past.

"I think continuing to educate the public about their past really makes them better citizens because then they know a little bit more about how their country was formed. The more informed the public is, the better they are at their lives and whatever they’ve chosen to do and however they’re participating in their governments, however they’re participating in their local elections, they more, informed, the more educated all the better," said Griffin.

The tours continue Saturday and the morning starts with breakfast. The pancake feed is from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m. The North Platte Municipal Band will perform Civil War music and the walking tour will be from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m with the last tour starting at 4:15 p.m.

The tickets prices are: adults $20, students $10 and children 5 and under, free.

There are indoor/non-walking tours available Saturday at 1:30 pm. and 4:00 p.m. The seating for that is limited to 70 people per show. Tickets are available for purchase at The North Platte Public Library or The Lincoln County Historical Museum.

The proceeds from the weekend will benefit the North Platte Public Library Foundation and The Lincoln County Historical Museum.