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Winter 2019 Newsletter

New Speakers, Topics Added To The HN Speakers Bureau: Book Now!


New Speakers:
          Dr. Diane Bystrom, the Director Emerita for Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, presents “Winning the Vote: The Campaign for Woman’s Suffrage in the United States,” which examines the history of the 72-year campaign for women’s voting rights. 
          Author Theodore Wheeler discusses “Kings of Broken Things: Bystanders, Historical Wounds, and the Omaha Race Riot of 1919.” He discusses how historical Omaha and the Riot of 1919 compelled him to write a novel that dealt with racism and violence. 
          Miss V, also known as Rubie Belle, presents “The Modern-Day Homesteader,” which utilizes song and story to explore elements of Western pioneer life. She draws on personal experiences to inform the presentation with themes such as cattle drives, the Pony Express, tie hacks, mail order brides, and other interesting topics. 
          Miss V also presents “Dawn in the Night,” a living-history portrayal of Amelia Earhart, and “Trails West,” a celebration of the era that followed the Civil War with momentous events such as the Oregon Trail, the Gold Rush, and the Pony Express. 

New Topics:
          Thomas Berg, history lecturer for the University of Nebraska Lincoln, presents “World War I and the Treaty of Versailles: How the Treaty that ended the ‘War to End All Wars’ Helped Trigger World War II.” Berg provides historic perspective on how the Second World War was affected by the Treaty of Versailles. 
          David Wells, an independent historian, presents “Vietnam: A Tribute, A Plea, A Reflection.” He will examine how the U.S. involvement developed within the war. Remembrance will be paid to the 399 Nebraskans who lost their lives during the war and the 16 from Nebraska still currently listed as POW/MIA. 
          Chris Sayre introduces “The British Isles and Irish Sampler.” Sayre performs the songs with button accordion, English concertina, fretted dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, and musical saw. 
          Thomas King, who teaches a Civil War course for Doane College, presents, “Andrew Carnegie.” He will portray Andrew Carnegie’s true rags to riches story in a first-person, Chautauqua-style event.
          Jody Lamp, the co-founder, and author of American Doorstop Project/Nebraska’s Agricultural History discusses “Born to Rein.” Lamp will share how three native Nebraskans and communities throughout the state of Nebraska received national notoriety in America’s oldest sport, horse racing. 

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