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Living History Speaker at Library July 12th

From Nebraska Farm Girl to British Nobility

The North Platte Public Library’s next Humanities Nebraska program, .   “A Visit with Lady Vestey,” will be at  12:00 PM, Thursday, July 12.

Beverly Beavers comes in costume and character to tell the fascinating story of Lady Vestey. Born in Superior, Nebraska, this young woman became the highest paid woman executive in the world in the early 1900’s. As an employee of the Vestey Cold Storage Company she traveled extensively and learned many languages. She was instrumental in providing food for the Allied troops during World War I and lived in London during the bombing of Britain during World War II. She joined the English nobility when she married her boss, William. Lady Vestey traveled far, but she never found a place that she liked better than Nebraska.    This is a program that will be of interest to all ages.

 

All Brown Bag Luncheon programs are free and open to the public.  Humanities Nebraska provides the major funding for these programs. It receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and private funding. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Water and lemonade will be provided. Seating is limited so please call the library  at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve a seat.

 

June 21 Noon program on Water in Nebraska

The North Platte Public Library has added a new program to its free noon program series in June.  “Water in Nebraska” will be presented by Doug Hallum, survey hydrologist, at 12:00 PM on Thursday, June 21st.   The talk is being sponsored by Common Ground.

Hallum will provide an overview of Nebraska’s water supply, its sinks and fluxes, and long term changes that have been observed or hypothesized.  The talk will touch on the nature of the High Plains aquifer, and other aquifers in our state. The talk will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to ask specific questions relating to water in Nebraska.   To plan seating, the library asks people to make reservations by calling 535-8036, Ext. 3301, but does welcome last minute attendees.  People are welcome to bring in their own brown bag lunch.

Doug Hallum serves west-central Nebraska as a professional geologist specializing in hydrogeology for the Conservation and Survey Division of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He has experience in oil and gas exploration, business, numerical flow modeling, and integrated water management planning. Hallum serves on the Nebraska Board of Geologists, the Nebraska GIS Council, and has served as Secretary of the Nebraska Geological Society. He continues to develop local expertise to serve Nebraska from the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte by conducting collaborative research that supports conjunctive water management in Nebraska and by developing continuing education programs for professionals and laypeople in Nebraska.

Sandhills and Sandlots: Free Noon Program on June 8

Sandhills and Sandlots: The Amazing Story of Rushville’s Modisett Ball Park by Jeff Barnes is the next program in the North Platte Public Library’s noon programs.  The program will be held, Friday, June 8th at 12:00 PM.

 

The panhandle town of Rushville loved and played baseball like most Nebraska communities. Unlike all others, it was the recipient of a beautiful ball field from the state’s biggest rancher and the host of a Major League baseball school and try-out camp, whose students included a Nebraska boy who struck out Mickey Mantle. Barnes tells the fascinating story of Rushville’s 130 years with baseball.   Historian and author, Jeff Barnes’ program is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and local funding.   Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext 3301 to reserve a seat for this free program.  This helps the library plan seating.

For more information about Modisett Park,  click here to go to an informational website.

 

“Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings” Program at noon on May 3

The rich and diverse history and heritage of the state of Nebraska through its buildings is the subject of an upcoming presentation at the North Platte Public Library.

Historian and author Jeff Barnes presents “Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings” on Thursday, May 3, 12:00 p.m., at the library, 120 West 4th St., North Platte. The talk is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. The talk is free to the public but the library requests seat reservations to help in room set-up.  Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3301.

The 45-minute talk presents the diversity of the state’s buildings, from an 1830s-era cabin along to its internationally noted state capitol through a state-of-the-art cancer center of today.

“The architecture of Nebraska tells the history of the state,” said Barnes. “You can see the boom-and-bust periods, the arrival of various ethnic groups, and the impact of world wars.” Some of America’s greatest architects – from Frank Lloyd Wright to I. M. Pei – also left their mark on the state and are presented.

The talk is derived from Barnes’ new book, 150@150: Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial, a celebration of the built world of Nebraska in its 150th anniversary of statehood. This colorful, richly photographed collection includes the earliest buildings constructed by newcomers to the territory, its most recognizable landmarks, and the newest and most dynamic structures designed by the architectural firms of today. The book is presented by the Architectural Foundation of Nebraska and the American Institute of Architects-Nebraska Chapter.

Of interest to those in North Platte, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Scouts Rest Ranch and the Lincoln County Courthouse are included in the book.

Barnes is also the author of Forts of the Northern PlainsThe Great Plains Guide to CusterThe Great Plains Guide to Buffalo BillExtra Innings: The Story of Modisett Ball Park and the centennial history of a Kansas City medical school. He is currently at work on his next book, a travel guide to sites related to the American outlaw Jesse James.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Barnes writes freelance and lives in Omaha. He is a fifth-generation Nebraskan, a trustee of the Nebraska State Historical Society, former chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and past marketing director of the Durham Museum.

For more information: www.jeffbarnesauthor.com

April 12 Program on American Muslim Life and Culture

The next Humanities Nebraska noon program at the library will be  “Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith” by Maisha Godare, Heartland Muslim Women’s Network President, at 12:00 PM, Thursday, April 12.  The program will be an overview of American Muslim life and culture illustrating what it means to be Muslim in America. This interactive, informal talk separates facts from fiction with easy to understand coverage of:

Beliefs, practices and values
Muslim population data
Holidays & celebrations
Islam’s connection with other faiths

Chocolate to be Topic of March 29th Noon Program

The North Platte Public Library’s noon program series continues at 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 29th with “How Chocolate Twice Conquered the American Continent: A Deliciously Historical Perspective”  by Jose Francisco Garcia.  This program is funded through Humanities Nebraska, Cultural Endowment of Nebraska and local funding.  The library asks that people call ahead to 535-8036, Ext 3310 for seating reservations to make room arrangement easier.  Coffee and water will be provided.

The tale begins with 2000-year-old murals depicting the uses for chocolate and continues to the present time witnessing the allure and power chocolate continues to have on human society. Garcia shares the history of cacao and discusses its value as a worldwide commodity.

Jose Francisco Garcia is of the 3rd generation descended from a Mexican family who moved to Kansas City, Mo., during the early 20th century. A retired Union Pacific employee and long-time Chicano activist, Jose has studied the movement of people out of Mexico into North America and the effects of this migration on the established culture, particularly in the heartland of America.

Mountain Dulcimer Program coming on March 9th

The Mountain Dulcimer By Bill Behmer & Gwen Meister

12:00 PM, Friday, March 9th

The library is hosting its next noon program on Friday, March 9th.   Bill Behmer will present “The Mountain Dulcimer, ” through sponsorship by Humanities Nebraska, with additional funding from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and local funding from the Friends of the Library and our library.

Using folk songs as illustrations, Bill Behmer outlines the history and folklore of this simple-to-play, inexpensive and often homemade American folk instrument. He discusses the dulcimer’s European and Asian ancestors and similar fretted zithers found in other traditions. He demonstrates and compares traditional and contemporary playing styles, a variety of tuning methods and how to play the dulcimer by ear. Bill is accompanied by his wife, Gwen Meister, singing harmony and playing autoharp and rhythm instruments.

 

Living History Program moved to February 16th

A living history program will be held at the North Platte Public Library at 12:00 PM on Friday, February 16th.  Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey, a Humanities Nebraska speaker, will present “Sitting Bull Family Story.”  This program is free to the public but the library requests seat reservations to help in room set-up.  Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310.  Attendees may bring a sack lunch.  Water and coffee will be provided.

Godfrey tells the history of this family in the character of the daughter of Sitting Bull and covers the time from prior to Euro-American contact up to and including the Massacre at Wounded Knee. The historical events that are recorded about the life of Sitting Bull are also the record of the events that  led to the massacre.

Godfrey is a retired college professor who taught Lakota Studies for Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota as well as English and Writing. Her storytelling is based on the historical culture of her tribe and the information collected by the well known author and ethnographer Ella Deloria who wrote the historical novel “Waterlily” and who is Godfrey’s Dakota grandmother.

 

Funding for this program is provided by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment fund as well as local funding from the library and Friends of the Library.  

 

Noon Program Series begins February 2nd

The 2018 noon program series at the North Platte Public Library begins at 12:00 PM on Friday, February 2nd.  All programs are free to the public.  Jim Griffin will present “Cracking the Giant:  American Diplomatic and Economic Interaction with China, 1844-2018.”

Jim always does an excellent job with his programs with thorough research, resulting in  very enjoyable and informative one-hour programs.  Jim willingly stepped in after our Humanities Nebraska speaker on this subject had to cancel due to a university conflict.

Americans have always been interested in the economic potential of relations with China.  The enormous size of its potential buying power delights every economist.  In the pursuit of this elusive market, the United States has ventured to increase diplomatic relations with many Chinese governments.  Both diplomatic and economic efforts have had limited success and now the dynamic is changing as China becomes a global power.  This presentation will provide a historical background to American relations with China and current efforts to crack the giant of the east.

Global commerce with China is important to the Nebraska economy.  In fact there is a website, http://nebraskacenterchina.com/en dedicated to  Nebraska’s relationship with China.  With that in mind, the Friends of the Library selected this topic for the series.   The library appreciates seat reservations for the program to help in room set-up.  Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve a seat.  Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.  Water and coffee will be available.

‘Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings’ Noon Program postponed until May 3.

Due to a death in the speaker’s family, this program had to be postponed.  We have rescheduled it on Thursday, May 3.

 

The rich and diverse history and heritage of the state of Nebraska through its buildings is the subject of an upcoming presentation at the North Platte Public Library.

Historian and author Jeff Barnes presents “Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings” on Thursday, January 11, 12:00 p.m., at the library, 120 West 4th St., North Platte. The talk is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. The talk is free to the public but the library requests seat reservations to help in room set-up.  Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3301.

The 45-minute talk presents the diversity of the state’s buildings, from an 1830s-era cabin along to its internationally noted state capitol through a state-of-the-art cancer center of today.

“The architecture of Nebraska tells the history of the state,” said Barnes. “You can see the boom-and-bust periods, the arrival of various ethnic groups, and the impact of world wars.” Some of America’s greatest architects – from Frank Lloyd Wright to I. M. Pei – also left their mark on the state and are presented.

The talk is derived from Barnes’ new book, 150@150: Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial, a celebration of the built world of Nebraska in its 150th anniversary of statehood. This colorful, richly photographed collection includes the earliest buildings constructed by newcomers to the territory, its most recognizable landmarks, and the newest and most dynamic structures designed by the architectural firms of today. The book is presented by the Architectural Foundation of Nebraska and the American Institute of Architects-Nebraska Chapter.

Of interest to those in North Platte, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Scouts Rest Ranch and the Lincoln County Courthouse are included in the book.

Barnes is also the author of Forts of the Northern Plains, The Great Plains Guide to Custer, The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill, Extra Innings: The Story of Modisett Ball Park and the centennial history of a Kansas City medical school. He is currently at work on his next book, a travel guide to sites related to the American outlaw Jesse James.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Barnes writes freelance and lives in Omaha. He is a fifth-generation Nebraskan, a trustee of the Nebraska State Historical Society, former chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and past marketing director of the Durham Museum.

For more information: www.jeffbarnesauthor.com