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2019

NU@150: 12 Events that Shaped the University of Nebraska

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Kay Logan-Peters, architectural librarian and author of the book, “The University of Nebraska-Lincoln” will identify twelve key events that formed Nebraska’s largest educational institution. Learn how the University’s location was determined; why there are two campuses in Lincoln; and who were the decision makers who facilitated the course of “Dear Old Nebraska U.” 

Sessions with the Senator: Tom Vickers on his "political hero" George Norris

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: George Norris Home

Join us at 2:00pm on Saturday January 19th at the Norris home for a talk from Tom Vickers, a former Nebraska State Senator from Farnam, who proclaims George Norris as his "political hero." Vickers will be speaking about Norris' influence on the Nebraska Unicameral and Nebraska Public Power.

The George Norris Home is located at 706 Norris Avenue in McCook, Nebraska.

Free Family Fun Day: Celebrating Black History Month

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Join us at the Nebraska History Museum for an afternoon celebrating and recognizing the history of Black Americans in Nebraska and Lincoln. Featuring kid-friendly hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, read-aloud sessions, and a great artistic performance.

Funding for this event is provided in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment 

Nebraska: Crossroads of the Western Fur Trade

Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Join us at Chimney Rock for the first in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.

Darrel Draper will be presenting an entertaining and amusing history of the fur trade, including trading companies, personalities and the achievements of the fur traders and mountain men who lived in or passed through Nebraska.

This tabloid-style review of the oddities and ironies of the
industry will be presented been in a fun and stylized way but is backed up with thorough research. It recounts some of the bizarre events that resulted in the most important discoveries of land and routes enabling the U.S. to claim and populate the West.

Film Screening: Greased Lightning

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Join us at the Nebraska History Museum for a special screening of Greased Lightning and a lecture exploring a history of Black American men breaking through racial barriers.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Kwakiutl Dreher, Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at UNL.

Greased Lightning is a 1977 biopic starring Richard Pryor based on the life of Wendell Scott member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and first black driver to win a race at NASCAR's premier level.

Funding for this event is provided in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment 

Sunday at the Rock: Our Plains Indian Heritage

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Join us at Chimney Rock for another installment in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.

Phyllis R. Stone, a descendant of Chief Iron Shell, an elder of the
Rosebud Sioux tribe and a Sun Dancer, will explain the uses and traditions of handmade items she brings for this presentation — items from both past and present American Indian cultures. 

Dressed in a traditional Sioux woman’s dress, she speaks about the life of the Rosebud Sioux as she shares artifacts. She describes life on the reservation and how her family combines their Indian heritage with other interests. Also included in the talk are artifacts and legends of the Mountain Man and the relationship of that culture to the Indians of the Plains.

Sundays at The Rock: The Forts of Nebraska

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Join us at Chimney Rock for another installment in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.

Nebraska’s forts were among the first, last and most important on the Great Plains. They were built to promote trade, to protect travelers and settlers, to fight the Indian tribes and then to keep the peace. 

During that time, they hosted some great names of American history, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Crazy Horse, George Custer, Robert E. Lee, Red Cloud, and Mark Twain. Jeff Barnes tells the story of Nebraska’s 12 military forts and what today’s visitors will find at the sites.

Brown Bag Lecture - Black Americans in Nebraska and Lincoln

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Spend the lunch hour with us at the Nebraska History Museum for a Brown Bag Lecture with Dr. Jeannette Jones, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at UNL. Dr. Jones will be exploring the history of Black Americans in Nebraska and Lincoln.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.

The lecture will also be broadcast live on government access channels and uploaded on the History Nebraska Youtube channel afterward.

Funding for this event is provided in part by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and AARP.

Fur Trade History of the North Platte River Valley

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Join us at Chimney Rock for another installment in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.

While the North Platte River valley was used as a travel corridor for the famed Oregon Trail, it was also a travel route for many others throughout history as well. One group that relied heavily on the shallow waters of the North Platte were the mountain men. 

Come join us for Cody Assman's talk focusing on how mountain men used the North Platte, their experiences while traveling along it, and their thoughts of the place we call home.

Sundays at The Rock: Feathered Friends

Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Join us at Chimney Rock for another installment in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.

Come along and discover our feathered friends of western Nebraska through this interactive presentation. Uncover common species, learn their calls and unique adaptations for living in this area with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Education Specialist Amanda Filipi.

Sundays at The Rock: Wee Granny, Mormon Handcart Pioneer

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Join us at Chimney Rock for another installment in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.

At the age of 74, Mary Murray Murdoch (aka Wee Granny) started across the prairie with the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company. Because it was late in the season, they walked to their very limits each day, which eventually became too much for her frail body. 

On October 2, 1856, Wee Granny Murdoch passed away in view of Chimney Rock. The exact location of her grave has been lost to history but in 2001, her descendants put a marker in the Chimney Rock Cemetery. Historian Jerry Lucas will tell her amazing story and the legacy she left.

Sundays at The Rock: The Great Platte River Road

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Join us at Chimney Rock for another installment in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.

The Platte’s broad gentle floodplain made it a natural route for wagons to cross the continent. Once the need for wagon roads passed, this natural travel corridor remained an important way to cross America. 

Chimney Rock Historian Loren Pospisil will show how trails turned to rails turned to roads. In many ways, the Oregon, Mormon and California trails are still alive.

Brown Bag Lecture: Thomas Rogers Kimball, 2019 Nebraska Hall of Fame Inductee

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Thomas Rogers Kimball, FAIA, is perhaps the most unsung contributor to the creation of Nebraska’s National Landmark State Capitol. Capitol Administrator, Robert C. Ripley, FAIA, will present a program highlighting Kimball’s impact on the design of the Nebraska State Capitol. Kimball created the rules governing the design competition and advised the Nebraska Capitol Commission until the Capitol’s completion in 1932. His work enabled Nebraskans to achieve a modern architectural wonder. Ripley will also highlight other aspects of Kimball’s long architectural career in Nebraska and the nation.

Sunday at The Rock: Women's Lives on the Westward Trail

Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Join us at Chimney Rock for another installment in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.

Between 1812 and 1866, an estimated 500,000 people traveled on the westward trails. Expectations of men and women grew muddled the further away parties got from jumping-off points. 

For women, adhering to the same rules society created for them was no longer possible. While juggling new expectations and roles, they also dealt with the gamut of closely-guarded feminine issues. Struggles encountered on the trail contributed to the changing definition of a woman's capabilities and duties in the 19th century. 

Learn from women's first-hand accounts and discover the realities of their lives ranging from the ordinary to the taboo as Legacy of the Plains Museum Curator Olivia Garl presents "Bleeding, Birth, and Men's Work: Women’s Lives on the Westward Trails."

Strategies for Post-Disaster Community Engagement Workshop

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Nebraska History Museum

History Nebraska is collaborating with the Smithsonian and the University of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall to help cultural heritage professionals in flood-affected areas support Nebraskans with important information about preserving treasured possessions as they regain access to their homes and businesses.

The workshop will be held this Friday in the Gilmore Room at the Nebraska History Museum. It is free and open to the public.

Experts will demonstrate how to handle, dry, and clean damaged objects and share tips on personal safety, setting priorities, and other preservation options. There will be a formal presentation followed by a question and answer period. The workshop will have examples of common personal heirlooms on display to demonstrate salvaging techniques.

To register, please contact History Nebraska's Kelli Bacon at 402-471-4766 or kelli.bacon@nebraska.gov.

*** Please do not bring your damaged objects to the workshop. If you have specific questions about your items, feel free to bring images of the items to discuss with the experts directly. ***

Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Join us at the Nebraska History Museum for a free event celebrating the opening of Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America, our new exhibit highlighting the community photography of John Johnson. A janitor and drayman, Johnson was also a talented and prolific photographer, documenting Lincoln's African-American community from 1910 to 1925.

The event will include:

Attendees will also get a chance to be some of the first to see the new exhibit, which will only be on display for a limited time. We hope to see you there!

Parking at the Museum is limited, but there is parking nearby, including three parking garages within a four block radius.

Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America is curated by Douglas Keister and presented with support from California State University, Chico.

Crafting Culture Exhibit Opening

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Join us at the Nebraska History Museum for the grand opening of our new Crafting Culture exhibit! We're celebrating the exhibit's opening with some fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including:

  • A panel discussion with women entrepreneurs in textiles
    •  Panelists: Samirah Alotaibi, Ellen Sartore, Katie Francisco, Makaylee Stutzman, Makenzie Lesiak.
  • Drop-in craft and sewing activities
  • A Pop-up shop with locally made crafts for sale by refugee women whose work is featured in the exhibit
  • Exhibit tours
  • Read aloud stories from Africa, China, and the Middle East

Brown Bag Lecture — John Johnson: Artist of Black & White

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Time: 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

Lincoln native John Johnson (1879-1953) was a prolific and talented photographer who created a beautiful and unique pictorial record of his hometown. He especially focused on Lincoln's African-American community.

Ed Zimmer, Historic Preservation Planner for the Lincoln - Lancaster County Planning Department, will be returning to the Brown Bag podium once more to explore the art and history of Johnson.

School's Out!

Date: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Nebraska History Museum

The Nebraska History Museum invites Lincoln families to join us for a day of families, photography, and more while Lincoln Public Schools are not in session April 19!

Create your own custom family photos with a family selfie station and handmade photo frames. Kids can also create their own family trees, read-aloud stories, and enjoy our jazz instrument petting zoo.

There will also be a chance to tour our new exhibit, Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America, which features the work of early 20th century Lincoln photographer John Johnson.

2019

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