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Holiday Open House at Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site

REPUBLIC, KS—The Kansas Historical Society announced that Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site will host a holiday open house 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, December 8. Visitors can tour the museum and shop in the newly stocked store. Refreshments provided. Admission is free 2 – 4 p.m. Regular admission fees apply the rest of the day: $5 adults, $1 students. Kansas Historical Foundation members and children five and younger admitted free. The site is located at 480 Pawnee Trail, eight miles north of U.S. 36 on K-266 near Republic.

The gift shop contains an extensive collection of American Indian related books, music CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, and other items. For more information, call 785-361-2255, or visit kshs.org/pawnee_indian.

About Pawnee Indian Museum: The Pawnee Nation was the dominant power of the Central Plains for hundreds of years. This museum tells the story of a Pawnee village that may have existed as early as the 1770′s. The most remarkable feature is the museum’s centerpiece—the excavated floor of a large Pawnee earth lodge. Feel the spirits of the past while walking the perimeter of the lodge and view the rare sacred bundle that hangs above the altar. After touring the museum, walk the interpretive trail that winds through the depressions marking other lodges. The museum is one of 16 state historic sites operated by the Kansas Historical Society, a state agency.

The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The Historical Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.