This website is part of a project through the Public Lands History Center (PLHC) at Colorado State University to write a comprehensive history of Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska. The monument is currently undergoing the process of updating its interpretive materials and creating a redesigned exhibit space in its visitor center museum to reflect updated research and new historical knowledge and interpretation of the history of the monument and the surrounding area. The exhibit process is being directed by the Harpers Ferry Center, the interpretive design center for the National Park Service. Pacific Studio of Seattle is the contractor performing the visitor center exhibit redesign. The Public Lands History Center has contracted with Scotts Bluff National Monument to write a comprehensive thematic history of the monument and western Nebraska with funds generously provided by three Nebraska foundations. The PLHC team is in the process of writing a series of chronological and thematic essays that cover the monument from prehistory to the present, and include such diverse topics as archaeology, Native Americans, overland migration, homesteading, town development, history of the monument, irrigation, and geology.
This website is a digital history component of the project, directed toward publicizing the PLHC’s research and findings with staff at Scotts Bluff National Monument, the design team at the Harpers Ferry Center, the exhibit contractors at Pacific Studio, local residents and community leaders in the Scottsbluff/Gering area, and all other interested parties who value Scotts Bluff National Monument. In addition to sharing research, insights, and news, the team also hopes that this website will function as a collaborative public platform for the broader Scotts Bluff community as a place where they can share stories, photographs, and other information about the history of this iconic National Monument.
For more information on the Public Lands History Center and the work the PLHC performs for a variety of federal, state, and local partners, including the National Park Service, please visit our website.