Hasting College's Prairie Pioneers Head West

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

Hastings College students are heading west in search of adventure and art. They call themselves the Prairie Pioneers.

Sunday morning, thirteen students and their professor from Hastings College set out on a 3 day journey, traveling from Hastings to Kearney. But instead of taking a bus down I-80, this group is traveling on foot. They will walk roughly 50 miles along county roads, pulling their own supplies in a hand made wagon.

Assistant Art Professor, Steve Snell, says the idea was a collaboration.

"I just challenged the students to use their own creativity and imagination to somehow transform this kind of standard field trip into something extra ordinary," said Snell.

"It's just the whole thing, I mean this isn't something people do everyday. So it's something unique that we'll have in common and we can say 'yeah, I walked to Kearney.' It was an adventure, something no one else has probably done since the Oregon Trail, that is," said Sophomore Taylor Harris.

The group plans to arrive in Kearney on Tuesday at about 1pm when they'll take a tour of the Museum of Nebraska Art, including the museum's current 19th Century Artwork Exhibition which tells the story of westward expansion and the Nebraska frontier.

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