Nebraska Literary Tour
Nebraska Literary Tour App
We are pleased to announce that the Nebraska Literary Tour is now available in a free downloadable app! We’ve added author Nellie Snyder Yost (North Platte) to the mix, an all-new One Book One Nebraska tour based on the 2016 selection, “The Meaning of Names” as well as new locations. More will be added in the future, too. If you’d like to suggest an author or location, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the Nebraska Literary Tour App for Android now.
The Apple IOS version is available by searching for “Nebraska Literary Tour” in the App Store on your iPhone or iPad.
Foundations for Featured Authors
Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation
204 E. F St., Elmwood | 402-994-3855
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Bess Streeter Aldrich wove the joys and hardships of living in a small Midwest town in her short stories and novels. Her literary voice found a home in Elmwood, Ne. from 1909-1945, the locale of many of her short stories and some of her novels. Visitors catch a glimpse of the life of Aldrich when touring her home and the Aldrich museum, both filled with Aldrich memorabilia—furniture, letters, and personal items. Visit the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation website.
The Willa Cather Foundation
413 N. Webster St., Red Cloud | 866-731-7304
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Live the pages of Willa Cather’s My Antonia and her other novels when you visit Red Cloud, the town and landscape that inspired many scenes and characters in Cather’s fiction. Cather was captivated by the homesteaders landing in Nebraska from across the country and the world, and their struggle to farm an often unyielding landscape. Red Cloud offers a window into the life of Cather and nineteenth century Nebraska with tour stops including Cather’s childhood home, the Red Cloud Opera House, and the 608-acre virgin Willa Cather Memorial Prairie. All of the tours capture the events, sites, and people that shaped Cather’s life and fiction. For instance, the Opera House was a place of magic for the imaginative Cather, and after moving away she said, “When I go about among little Nebraska towns, the thing I miss most is the Opera House.” Match your interests to one of four different tours—or do them all for the fullest experience! Explore the Willa Cather Foundation website.
Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors
Loren Eiseley Collection
136 S. 14th St., Lincoln | 402-441-8516
Tuesday-Friday: noon-3 p.m. Sunday: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
One of the most admired nature writers of the twentieth century—anthropologist Loren Eiseley was a scientist with the soul of a poet. The Eiseley Collection of the Heritage Room has grown to merit its own room. Letters, photos, and memorabilia document the personal and professional life of this influential intellectual. Nature and literary enthusiasts alike will delight in perusing the life and writings of Eiseley. Read more about the library’s Heritage Room.
Wright Morris Tour
1604 15th Ave., Central City | 308-946-2512
Begin your tour and get your stamp at the library.
Walk in the footsteps of Wright Morris whose writings and photographs present themes related to Nebraska and the plains of his youth. The Lone Tree Literary Society is dedicated to preserving the childhood impression of novelist-photographer Wright Morris and created a walking tour of Central City, Neb. This volkswalk or stroll begins at the Central City Public Library and was designed to take walkers past famous landmarks from Wright Morris’ life and writings. From his boyhood home and Main Street to the Patterson Law Office—experience the life and times of Wright Morris in his own home town. And don’t forget to visit the Merrick County Historical Museum as well. Learn more about Wright Morris at the Lone Tree Literary Society.
Neihardt State Historic Site
306 W. Elm St., Bancroft | 402-648-3388
Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday: 1:30 p.m.–5 p.m.
Author of “Black Elk Speaks” and numerous other works, John G. Neihardt is the Poet Laureate in Perpetuity of Nebraska. Visitors may wander through the Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden Neihardt designed based on the vision of the Oglala Lakota Holy Man Black Elk, explore the museum and visit Neihardt’s study. Visit the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site on the web.
Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center
1000 Main St., Chadron State College, Chadron | 308-432-6401
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–noon and 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.–noon and 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Closed on all college holidays
Mari Sandoz blurred the line between nonfiction and fiction as she relied on extensive historical research and narrative form for both. She is well-known for her diligence in finding the facts and also for her work to accurately portray Native Americans. The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center celebrates the life and literature of Mari Sandoz and the culture of the High Plains through various exhibits and personal Sandoz artifacts. One of the distinctive features of the Center is the Heritage Gardens, added in 2006. The Gardens reflect the region’s prairie, native, and ranching cultures and offers a unique sensory and learning experience. Explore the online Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.