Jim Vanek, retired educator and Custer historian, presents “Custer and Manifest Destiny” as part of the Historic Preservation Program’s History Brown Bag Series. Manifest Destiny is a term for the attitude during the Grant administration, or post-Civil War period. Grant and his Generals, Sheridan and Sherman felt that the United States not only could, but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast. This attitude helped fuel the building of railroads, western settlement, Native American removal and war with Mexico. Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer was their “go-to” guy. He commanded the elite Seventh Cavalry–to put that into perspective–they were the United States’ “Seal Team 6” of their day.
History Brown Bags are free afternoon events that aim to provide cultural and historical context to topics related to Historic Preservation in and around Greeley. Unless otherwise noted, presentations are held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St. For more information about the Historic Preservation program, visit GreeleyGov.com/ HP or call 970-350-9222.