The dedication of Archway volunteer Ken Tracy was rewarded on Thursday when he received the History Nebraska Heritage Hero Award.
History Nebraska Trustee Vickie Schaepler came to the Archway to honor Tracy to recognize his work in helping preserve Nebraska’s history and sharing the story of Nebraska’s role in the building of America.
Tracy reports for his volunteer duties at the Archway dressed as famous trailblazer Thomas “Broken Hand” Fitzpatrick, greeting visitors, telling them about the Archway’s historical mission, and providing traveler information when needed. He also performs reenactments for groups, sharing the perils and rewards they might expect as travelers on the Oregon Trail.
“I don’t really work for free,” Tracy said. “I get paid back for my work when I get to visit with people from all over the country and school groups who come to the Archway.”