Pat is a native Nebraskan, a writer, and a musician with an interest in her historical heritage. She found that the old traditional songs that tell stories (ballads) often tell the story of our ancestors and how their trials and their endurance shaped life on the Plains. Pat began writing her own ballads, knowing that her stories will also help contribute to keeping our heritage alive. She writes of real people, places and events, past and present, some exciting, some sad, and some simply fun! In her presentation, Pat shares the old ballad with the new and lets her audience share in the story those ballads tell. She presents her program to suit any age group, making certain it is full of learning for school children, full of nostalgia for the adult, and thought provoking for all. Pat has won countless awards for her songwriting and poetry and conducts workshops at festivals and events across the plains. During the winter months, Pat’s workshops find her in Arizona. She is a recording artist with international airplay, and videos of her songs can now be found on YouTube, Pat will perform her original songs in the Dick Clark Theater in Branson, MO. in November of 2015.