October 29, 2022 | Last updated Jul 10, 2023

Brown Bag Lecture: The Job of an Archivist: Meeting a Fascinating Nebraskan, Frank Shoemaker

The Nebraska State Historical Society’s Brown Bag History Forum returns to the Nebraska History Museum, Centennial Mall at P Street, this Thursday, April 21 at 12 noon. University of Nebraska-Lincoln archivist Mary Ellen Ducey will present, “Meeting Frank Shoemaker,” her account of a fascinating Nebraskan she uncovered doing archival research. This self-made naturalist and photographer’s natural curiosity led him to focus his life’s work on investigating, observing, and recording birds, landscapes, beetles, and all types of natural flora and fauna. His documentation of Nebraska landscapes in the Panhandle, the Sandhills, and in the once-rural areas of the Lincoln and Omaha metropolitan regions is a vital record of how the state has changed. The free lecture is open to the public free of charge. It returns to the museum after almost 18 months at the Lincoln City County Building. Recording of the presentation for later broadcast on government access cable systems and posting on YouTube is courtesy the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation. More information at 402-471-4782 or https://historynegov.wpengine.com

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