Draper as Freeman
The North Platte Public Library’s Celebrate Nebraska 150 noon series continues at noon on Thursday, June 29.Historical Re-enactor Darrel Draper will portray Daniel Freeman, America’s first Homesteader, in a unique “edutaining” (educational & entertaining) costumed presentation.
The 45-minute program is free and open to the public.
Freeman (1826-1908) lived most of his life on the western frontier of America. As a doctor, Civil War officer, coroner, and county sheriff, Freeman had many unique experiences while living in America’s first homestead under the 1863 Homestead Act.
Draper will describe life as a pioneer and the changes that Nebraska and America were going through in the 19th century in this costumed presentation that gives audience members insight into his life, family, and frontier legacy.
Draper has been described by audience members as “an awesome and absolutely wonderful performer” who is able to transport listeners back in time to the era of his characters.
His humorous delivery, sound research, knowledge of history, and the use of interactive audience participation have delighted audiences ages 8-80, library spokeswoman Terry Johnson said.
Draper is one of the most requested speakers in the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau Program -- the largest of its type in the nation.
Funding for the 2017 Brown Bag programs is provided by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Friends of the North Platte Library, the North Platte Public Library, and the Faith Fisher Memorial Fund, Johnson said.