Lucy Adkins (Read More)

Lucy Adkins grew up in rural Nebraska, attended country schools, and received her degree from Auburn University and her MFA in Creative Writing is from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her poetry has been published in journals which include Rhino, Northeast, South Dakota Review, Concho River Review, and several anthologies. Her chapbook, One Life Shining: Addie Finch, Farmwife was published in 2007 by Pudding House Press. In addition, she co-authored Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer’s Block and Transform Your Life which won a Silver “Ippy” in the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Contact Information

Title: Poet and Writer
Email: adkinslucy84@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 327-8694
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Timothy G. Anderson (Read More)

Tim Anderson, who grew up in Oakland, Neb., has taught visual literacy, news design, advanced editing, magazine editing and design, beginning reporting, depth reporting, NewsNetNebraska and a graduate seminar in media management. Currently he is focused on Nebraska Mosaic, a website that seeks to give voice to Lincoln's growing refugee community. Before returning to teach at University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2005, Anderson worked for more than 30 years in newspapers in Nebraska, Missouri, Florida and New York. He got his start on his hometown weekly newspaper, the Oakland Independent, and also worked for the Albion News and the Seward County Independent, two other Nebraska weeklies. In addition, he worked for the Lincoln Journal and the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska, the Kansas City (Mo.) Times, the Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press and the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle. He later spent nine years at New York Newsday, eventually becoming executive news editor, and another nine years at The New York Times, where he served as the news design editor. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1974 and a master's degree in history from University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2007. In his spare time, Anderson is writing a biography of John G. Neihardt, one-time Nebraska poet laureate and author of "Black Elk Speaks."

Contact Information

Title: Professor emeritus, University of Nebraska -Lincoln
Email: tanderson5@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 328-9844
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Jeff Barnes (Read More)

Jeff Barnes Bio A fifth-generation Nebraskan, Jeff Barnes is a former newspaper reporter and editor, trustee with the Nebraska State Historical Society, past chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and former marketing director for the Durham Museum. He is the author of “Forts of the Northern Plains,”, “The Great Plains Guide to Custer,” and “The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill.”

Diane R. Bartels (Read More)

Diane Bartels is a lifelong Nebraskan who grew up wanting to fly airplanes. She earned her pilot certificate in 1966 and with that evolved a commitment to aerospace education and the preservation of Nebraska’s rich aviation heritage. In 1991, Diane was recognized as Nebraska’s Teacher-Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award made it possible for her to write and publish “Sharpie: The Life Story of Evelyn Sharp, Nebraska’s Aviatrix.” Diane belongs to several aviation organizations, has been published in journals and periodicals and has presented at national conferences. She served as principal consultant for the NETV documentary film “Sharpie: Born To Fly.”

Contact Information

Title: Retired Teacher
Email: dbsharpie@aol.com
Phone: (402) 429-3342 cell, (402) 489-3059 home
Website:
City: Lincoln

Cherrie Beam-Callaway (Read More)

Cherrie Beam-Callaway doesn’t lack for stories as she has spent nearly 25 years gathering and recording historic tales from Nebraska families. Cherrie boasts of being a “true Nebraskan,” as she has lived in both ends of the state and is a fourth generation farm girl. The pioneer stories are factual and reflect the diversity of the people and land from western to eastern Nebraska. Cherrie is an educational storyteller who speaks with an Irish brogue, dresses in period attire and delivers spell binding one-act plays that make audiences laugh and cry. Speaking for more than 35 years to all ages, her venues include elementary, especially 4th grade, through high school, libraries, museums, adult and youth church groups, senior centers, banquets and festivals. Cherrie traveled Nebraska as a storyteller on the wagon train commemorating the 150th birthday of the Oregon Trail. She is co-founder of John C. Fremont Days, one of Nebraska’s largest annual historical festivals, and founder of “A Day in the Past,” an annual day for 4th graders. She is recipient of a number of community and statewide awards for historical preservation.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Scholar & Storyteller
Email: cherriebeamc@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 720-8484
Website:
City: Fremont

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Beverly Beavers (Read More)

Born and raised in Superior, Beverly Beavers was fascinated by the tale of the Superior girl who became the world’s highest paid female executive of her era.

Contact Information

Title: Teacher- Superior Public Schools
Email: bbeavers70@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 879-4625
Website:
City: Superior

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Bill Behmer (Read More)

Bill Behmer is a founder of the Lincoln Association of Traditional Arts, (LAFTA.) He served as that organization's artistic director for more than ten years and received a 1998 Mayor's Arts Award from the Lincoln Arts Council for his volunteer work promoting old-time folk music. Bill plays the mountain dulcimer and harmonica and is a three-ime Midwest Dulcimer Champion. He has done extensive research into the history and playing styles of this American folk instrument.

Contact Information

Title: Musician
Email: gmeisterfolklore@gmail.com
Phone: 402 326-6368
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Thomas Berg (Read More)

A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Thomas Berg received his M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1999) in US military history under Pete Maslowski. Since 1999, Berg has taught at UNL courses in American history, European military history, US military history, and the Second World War. He hopes to add a course in the First World War as the centenary of America’s entry comes in 2017. Berg has received a high number of teaching awards at UNL, including the student body’s “Outstanding Teacher of the Year (Large-class)” in 2002 and was nominated for the same award in his first year of re-eligibility in 2005. He is also a long-time participant in UNL’s Advanced Peer Review of Teaching program. Berg is also one of the most popular instructors for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a nationwide organization whose UNL chapter is one of the most dynamic in the United States. His topics range from America’s wars to presidential campaigns, from journalism to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Pat Boilesen (Read More)

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.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Musician & Composer
Email: pboiles2@gmail.com
Phone: 402-741-0006
Website:
City: Albion

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Marci Broyhill (Read More)

Marci Broyhill, Prairie Poet & Storyteller grew up with burrs on her jeans along Cedar-Dixon County Line between Highway 20, Nebraska’s Cowboy Railroad Line and Highway 12, Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail. Marci visits small town museums, giving life to stories waiting to be shared. Marci has participated at poetry gatherings in six states. She has published two CDs of her original poetry. She balances her presentations with information, reflection and humor. Marci is a member Western Music Association and Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway Highway 12.

Dianne Bystrom (Read More)

Dr. Dianne Bystrom is director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. She directed the center for 22 years before retiring in August 2018. She also founded Iowa State’s Leadership Studies Program and served as its director for 10 years. At Iowa State, she taught courses on women and politics, political campaigns, and women and leadership. Dr. Bystrom has contributed to 25 books—including the two-volume Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders (2018); An Unprecedented Election: Media, Communication, and the Electorate in the 2016 Campaign (2018); and Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics (2018, 2014, 2009 and 2006) as a co-author, co-editor or chapter author. She also has written journal articles on women and politics, youth voters and the Iowa caucus. Dr. Bystrom continues to serve as a speaker and commentator about political and women’s issues for community groups, professional organizations and the media. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kearney (NE) State College and a master’s degree in journalism and Ph.D. in communication, both from the University of Oklahoma.

Contact Information

Title: Director Emerita, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Email: dianne.bystrom@gmail.com
Phone:
Website:
City: Plattsmouth

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John Calvert (Read More)

Dr. John Calvert is Professor at Creighton University, where he teaches courses on medieval and modern Middle Eastern history. His research has focused on Islamic movements in the Middle East, including Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and radical jihadi groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, in addition to Britain’s imperial involvements in the Middle East in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Calvert’s most recent book, Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism, received critical acclaim. Dr. Calvert is interviewed regularly on Middle Eastern affairs by major world newspapers and has appeared in documentaries produced by BBC and National Public Radio.

Contact Information

Title: Professor of History - Creighton University
Email: johncalvert@creighton.edu
Phone: (402) 280-2653
Website:
City: Omaha

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Jack Campbell (Read More)

Jack Campbell has served two terms on the Nebraska Humanities Council and, thereafter, the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities, and was president of the foundation from 1993 to 1995. He is on the board of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, raising support for the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Arts Council. Jack is a retired insurance executive, is active in civic organizations and is a board member of the Cooper Foundation. He received the Sower Award from the NHC in 2001 for his long-time activities and commitment to the cultural programs of the state.

Contact Information

Title: Community Volunteer & Sower Award Recipient
Email: jcampbell5@neb.rr.com
Phone: (402) 423-2282
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Paul Campbell (Read More)

Paul Campbell has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., a master’s degree in sociology and a doctorate in sociology and social psychology from Utah State University. Paul has done research on emotionally disturbed teenagers, death row inmate families, gender socialization of careers among preschool, second-grade and fourth-grade students, cross-gender violence among pre-teens, rural crime reporting, campus violence, crime victimization of tourists and dating violence. For more than 20 years, he has been a volunteer for Haven House, a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter agency. On the Wayne State College faculty since 1980, Paul teaches about family violence, the war on drugs, rural sociology, juvenile delinquency and technology. He is a six-time nominee for the State Colleges Teaching Excellence Award, and students twice have selected him the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.

Contact Information

Title: Retired Professor Criminal Justice - Wayne State College
Email: pacampb1@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 375-1141
Website:
City: Wayne

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Deb Carpenter-Nolting (Read More)

Deb Carpenter-Nolting expresses herself in a number of ways. She is a poet, essayist, newspaper columnist, songwriter, performing artist, and teacher.Deb is the author of three books: Grizzly Attack in Colorado: The Ed Wiseman Story (P.L.A.N. Publishers 2013); Nature’s Beauty Kit (Fulcrum Publishing 1995); and Chadron (with Ken Korte and Composition I students. Arcadia Publishing 2004). She has published articles in Nebraska Life Magazine, Colorado Life Magazine, Plains Song Review, and Cattle Business Weekly. Many of her stories and poems can be found in anthologies. She has recorded several poems and songs. Some of her work has been featured on radio and television programs. Her most recent album is Windblown, produced by Martin Gilmore in 2012. Deb has performed at a variety of venues, including libraries, museums, festivals, schools, poetry gatherings, brandings, cancer walks, conferences, banquets, and private events. She also conducts workshops for all ages. She has taught all grades, from one-room schools in rural Nebraska to high schools in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, to a tribal college in South Dakota and Chadron State College in Nebraska. Deb holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature and a Masters of Arts in Education. She is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and was awarded Instructor of the Year at Oglala Lakota College. Other awards include Master Storyteller (Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival) and Individual Fellowship Merit Awards from Nebraska Arts Council (Performing Arts: Composition 1996), (Literature: Fiction 1995).

Contact Information

Title: Writer and Songwriter
Email: deb.nolting@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 360-0756
Website:
City: Bushnell

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James P. Cavanaugh (Read More)

James P. Cavanaugh is a fifth generation Nebraskan, practicing attorney, and independent historian. He was elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 2014. Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Douglas County Hospital Foundation, Douglas County Health Center Board of Trustees and the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency Board. He has served on the boards of directors of the Nebraska Repertory Theater, the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the Center for Missouri Rivers Studies, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish American Cultural Institute of Nebraska and Justice for Our Neighbors. He holds degrees in history and law from Creighton University. Jim has been a Humanities Council speaker since 2002.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Historian & Attorney
Email: cavanaughlawfirm@aol.com
Phone: (402) 341-2020
Website:
City: Omaha

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Bill Clemente (Read More)

Bill Clemente earned a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Oregon and is a professor of English at Peru State College, where he has taught since 1993. Bill teaches a wide variety of classes, including creative writing and children’s literature. He also enjoys Caribbean literature and science fiction, on which he continues to publish articles. His hobbies are photography and bird watching—and toying with blogs and podcasts. You can see some of his bird pictures at the website listed above. In addition to working with college students, Bill has for the past 20 years given creative-writing sessions at elementary schools. “Feathers and Verses” combines creative writing with his hobbies. Bill also enjoys sharing his bird pictures and talking with adult groups.

Contact Information

Title: Professor of English-Peru State College
Email: bclemente@mac.com
Phone: (720) 399-9754
Website:
City: Peru

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Dawn R. Connelly (Read More)

Dawn Connelly has been teaching art education to all grade levels since 1979 in several public schools in Nebraska. She also was an art professor at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Ga., was an adjunct professor for Southeast Community College, Nebraska Wesleyan University and The College of Saint Mary. Her teaching experience extends to Stuttgart, Germany, where she taught on a military post. Presently, Dawn teaches K-12 art at Parkview Christian School, Lincoln, NE. She also has her own private art studio in her home called the “Art Academy” where she teaches private, semi-private art lessons and art workshops to students K-12. The program “The Burckhardts” developed from an art project in which 4th and 5th grade art students painted banners honoring notable Nebraskans’ from different ethnic backgrounds.

Contact Information

Title: Art Teacher-Parkview Christian School
Email: dawnconnelly76@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 499-7754
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Sara Brandes Crook (Read More)

Sara Crook is a professor of Political Science and History at Peru State College. She has taught Nebraska History at the college since 1984. Dr. Crook served 6 years on the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Board of Directors, with 2 years as the President of that board. She also was on the Council for Humanities Nebraska for 7 years, including one year as the Chair. She currently is serving a 2nd term on the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission. The latest committee commitments will take her to Nebraska’s 150th Statehood Anniversary, as she serves as Chair on the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission, on the Executive Committee for the Nebraska 150 Foundation, as well as the Sesquicentennial Committee at Peru State College which will also celebrate its status as Nebraska’s 1st college in the year of 2017. Her love of Nebraska history and Nebraska politics goes back to her childhood. As a farm girl growing up in a country church and attending a one-room country school in the 1950s and 60s, she developed a deep appreciation for Nebraska, and its people, that continues to this day

Contact Information

Title: Professor of Social Sciences
Email: scrook@peru.edu
Phone: 402-253-6284
Website:
City: Peru

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Meenakshi Dalal (Read More)

Born an raised in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, Meena Dalal came to United States in 1972. She received her Ph.D. from Northeastern University, Boston in 1984 in Economics. She joined Wayne State College faculty in 1985. She retired as Professor of Economics at Wayne State College, NE in 2017.

Contact Information

Title: Emeritus Professor of Economics - Wayne State College
Email: medalal1@wsc.edu
Phone: 402-369-2060
Website:
City: Wayne

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Spencer Davis (Read More)

Spencer Davis has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctorate from the University of Toronto. He has published articles on Olaudah Equiano and Ma Rainey and reviews in “Nebraska History”. His areas of specialization are Civil War and African-American history.

Contact Information

Title: Professor of History - Peru State College
Email:
Phone: (402) 293-6713
Website:
City: Peru

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Darrel Draper (Read More)

Darrel W. Draper, a fifth generation Nebraskan, retired Navy officer and University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate, uses his talents as storyteller and actor to educate and entertain. He has performed for national and state government agencies, museums, schools, youth groups, festivals and is a popular banquet and luncheon speaker. He specializes in costumed portrayals of historical figures that played major roles in the events that shaped our state and nation. He is considered an expert on the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition and has personally retraced thousands of miles of their trail by canoe and on foot.

Karen Wyatt Drevo (Read More)

Seven generations of Karen Wyatt Drevo’s family have lived in Otoe County, Neb. Karen grew up on a farm north of Unadilla and received her early education in one-room Otoe County schools. She has degrees in English and history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently lives in Norfolk, where she is a librarian at Norfolk Public Library. Her life-long interest in her family history was sparked by the family stories told by her grandmothers.

Contact Information

Title: Librarian - Norfolk Public Library
Email: kkwdrevo@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 750-9071
Website:
City: Norfolk

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Lorraine J. Duggin (Read More)

Dr. Lorraine Duggin is a poet and writer who teaches language arts/writing to refugees, immigrants and international students in the English-as-second-language Department at Metro Community College in Omaha. She has been publishing her own poetry, fiction and essays for many years and has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University as well as offering many readings and workshops throughout the Midwest. She is a master artist with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in Schools/Communities program and also in the Iowa Arts Council’s AIS/C program. Duggin also dances with the Omaha International Folk Dancers and three other folk dance groups that perform in Nebraska and the region. She has taught folk dancing from many cultures through the Presbyterian Outreach School for the Arts and through the Nebraska Arts Council.

Contact Information

Title: Poet, Writer, Lecturer, & Folk Artist
Email: lduggin@mccneb.edu
Phone: (402) 397-6153
Website:
City: Omaha

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Charlotte Endorf (Read More)

Charlotte Endorf is a lifelong Nebraskan. As a member of Toastmasters International she earned the Distinguished Toastmaster award twice. She specializes in speaking to elementary schools, women’s groups, museums, town festivals, senior centers, nursing homes and libraries throughout Nebraska, accurately describing the story of the platform girls of the Canteen, Annie Oakley and the Orphan Train. Charlotte and her daughter, Sarah, have published ten books. She has developed three documentaries that keep history alive, and a CD with an actual Orphan Train rider after they made a trip to New York City to uncover her records dating back to 1917. She was selected as Nebraska’s 2011 Mother of the Year. She is an avid reader and enjoys listening to books on CD while she journeys in every direction, thousands of miles each year—to share her stories. Charlotte and her husband Kevin started the second Little Free Library in Nebraska in their own front yard. It is one of the largest in the nation and one of the few that includes an active Culture Club.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Scholar & Author
Email: ckendorf@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 860-3774
Website:
City: Magnet

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Michael Farrell (Read More)

Michael Farrell formerly managed Special Projects for NET, Nebraska’s statewide public broadcasting network. He is a 51 -year veteran of public media, 49 of which have been spent in the production and management of documentaries about the culture, history and environment of Nebraska and the Great Plains. He is involved with major grant-funded initiatives as well as developing new projects and partnerships for the Platte Basin Timelapse Project. His degrees include an M.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology in Visual Communications and A.B. in Fine Arts (Graphic Design and Photography) from Indiana University. He lives in Lincoln with his partner Lynne Ireland and has three grown children, and two granddaughters. He is currently engaged for a half-time contract as a Project Manager for PBT and lecturer at the School of Natural Resources at UNL.

Contact Information

Title: Assistant Professor of Practice in the ALEC Department at UNL and Co-founder, Platte Basin Timelapse
Email: mfarrell@unl.edu
Phone:
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Dr. Richard Fruehling (Read More)

Dr. Richard Fruehling set up and served as director of Grand Island’s family practice residency program, which was the first residency in the Rural Health Education Network. Fruehling’s program has graduated highly qualified physicians into rural practice, the vast majority of whom are now practicing in Nebraska.

Contact Information

Title: Physician
Email:
Phone: (308) 384-9296
Website:
City: Grand Island

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Bill Ganzel (Read More)

Bill Ganzel is the author of the book “Dust Bowl Descent.” In the book, he tracked down some of the same people and places that were first photographed during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Through his contemporary photographs and oral history interviews, an audience can get a sense of what it was like to live through one of the most desperate times in our nation’s history. Ganzel is the owner of The Ganzel Group Communications of Lincoln.

Contact Information

Title: Author & Photographer
Email: bganzel@ganzelgroup.com
Phone: (402) 310-5014
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Jose Fransico Garcia (Read More)

Jose Francisco Garcia is of the 3rd generation with direct paternal and maternal Mexican descendants settling in the Mid-west in the early 20th Century.  A Vietnam veteran, retired railroader, long-time Chicano activist, Jose and his wife Linda  are the founders of the Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands.  Now retired their time is spent on  curating a research library of folk art, historical artifacts and media,  focused on the art and civic accomplishments  of Spanish-speaking/surnamed peoples of the Americas, with a focus on the Heartlands.

Linda Garcia-Perez (Read More)

Linda M. Garcia-Perez, a 1971 College of St. Mary graduate and a retired Children’s Librarian, is an artist, instructor and storyteller of Latino arts and culture. Linda is with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in Schools and Communities roster; Nebraska StoryArts Board; Nebraska Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau; City of Omaha Public Art Commissioner; and occasional instructor and docent with the Joslyn Art Museum. Linda and her husband, Jose, have an extensive collection of Mexican folk arts and literature and are co-founders of the Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands.

Contact Information

Title: Storyteller & Retired Children's Librarian
Email: artesana5@msn.com
Phone: (402) 651-9918
Website:
City: Omaha

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Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey (Read More)

Joyzelle Godfrey is a retired college professor who taught Lakota Studies for Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota as well as English and Writing. Her storytelling is based on the historical culture of her tribe and the information collected by the well known author and ethnographer Ella Deloria who wrote the historical novel Waterlily and who is Godfrey’s Dakota grandmother. The first of Deloria’s anthropological textbooks, Dakota Way of Life, is edited by Godfrey and published in conjunction with Mariah Press of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Contact Information

Title: Storyteller
Email: joyzellegodfrey@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 470-3810
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Nancy Gillis (Read More)

Nancy S. Gillis is the former Executive Director of the John Neihardt State Historic Site, March 1997 - July 2019. She continues presenting to schools and civic groups on Neihardt’s work and a variety of related topics such as Native American history, cultures, and education.  She also served on faculty of Wayne State College, Northeast Community College, Nebraska Indian Community College, and Little Priest Tribal College from 1990 through 2017 teaching History, Anthropology, and Sociology, and honors courses on Neihardt’s life and work. Of Cherokee and Choctaw heritage, Gillis moved to Winnebago, Nebraska in 1987 to work with the Winnebago people for the Reformed Church in America and has served as their delegate to its Native American Council. She stays active in various civic organizations, currently or previously serving on the board of the Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Hospital Board, State of Nebraska Historical Preservation Office, Nebraska Folklife Network, Atlas of Winnebago, and the Walthill Village Planning Commission.

Deborah Greenblatt (Read More)

Deborah Greenblatt has been teaching, performing, composing, recording and writing professionally since 1971. She is a master artist with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist in the Schools/Communities Program. Deborah was the first woman to win the Nebraska State Fiddling Championship, the first woman to win the Mid-America Fiddle Championship and is a member of the Mid-America Old-Time Fiddler’s Hall of Fame. She performs with her husband as Greenblatt & Seay, and with the Greenblatt String Trio. She is a consultant for the Denison School of Strings in Iowa and past president of the Nebraska American String Teachers Association

Contact Information

Title: Independent Scholar & Musician
Email: g-s@greenblattandseay.com
Phone: (402) 275-3221
Website:
City: Avoca

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Leonard Greenspoon (Read More)

Leonard Greenspoon holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. He lectures on a variety of topics related to the Bible and to Bible translation, including Jewish translations, from the earliest to the most recent. In addition, Greenspoon is an authority on religion and popular culture, with an emphasis on the Bible in comic strips and elsewhere in newspapers and on the ancient world in modern media (including films, art, television and literature).

Contact Information

Title: Professor of Jewish Civilization, Theology & Classics - Creighton University
Email: ljgrn@creighton.edu
Phone: (402) 384-9890
Website:
City: Omaha

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Suzanne Gucciardo (Read More)

Suzanne Gucciardo is by profession an ecologist with a particular interest in the historical use of the landscape by man. This interest was put to good use through a career with the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger and natural resource manager. After eight years with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Suzanne retired from the NPS and is now a volunteer interpreter at Fort Atkinson State Historic Park.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Speaker
Email: sg31012@abbnebraska.com
Phone: (402) 468-5848
Website:
City: Fort Calhoun

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Donna Gunn (Read More)

Donna Gunn, teaching-artist and founder of Focus On Piano, LLC, is dedicated to actively engaging music lovers of all ages, at all stages. Her programs are interactive experiences that invite audience members to sing songs from various points in history and re-visit timeless music. Donna interweaves music with relevant primary-source historical information to further bring the music to life. From here, she segues into classical genre solo piano performances based on the music. Donna’s research is global in scope taking her from various points on The Oregon Trail to the Netherlands, Italy, and Hungary. Her work culminated with the 2016 publication of Discoveries from the Fortepiano with Oxford University Press. Donna holds a M.M. in piano performance and pedagogy.

Contact Information

Title: Artist-Educator and Founder of Focus On Piano
Email: donnaspianoplace@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 890-9664
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Evelyn Haller (Read More)

Evelyn Haller was born in Chicago. She graduated from Barat College in Lake Forest and received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta. She has taught at Emory, at the Mission San Jose Campus of College of the Holy Names in California, at Creighton University, and at Doane. Haller has taught numerous and diverse courses, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, World Literature, Novel, Modern American Literature, Women Writers, Japanese Literature in Translation, Great Plains Studies, and courses in writing.Her published scholarly work has focused on her areas of expertise. She is also a Contributing Editor to "The Feminist Companion to Literature in English"(Yale 1990). Her publications also include work on William Butler Yeats and E. M. Forster. Haller's poetry has appeared in publications in Las Cruces, New Mexico and Dresden, Germany. She serves on the Mary Riepma Ross Theatre board as well as the board of the Friends of the Lentz Center for Asian Culture. She also serves on the board of the Jane Pope Geske Nebraska Literary Heritage Room at the Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln.

Sarah Baker Hansen and Matt Hansen (Read More)

Sarah Baker Hansen grew up in suburban Omaha. Husband Matthew, came from Red Cloud, population 1,000. In their book, “The Better Half,” they together explored the state from border to border. The book includes two dozen columns and restaurant stories, as well as dozens of other details on things to do, see, eat and drink in Nebraska. The Hansens speak about the experience of rediscovering their own home state; encouraging other Nebraskans to do the same is at the heart of their presentation. The Hansens will also talk about Nebraska's rural-urban divide, and what can unite us.

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Email: redcloudscribe@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 670-5337
Website:
City: Omaha

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Twyla M. Hansen (Read More)

Twyla M. Hansen was Nebraska’s State Poet from 2013-2018, and is co-director of the Poetry from the Plains: A Nebraska Perspective website. Her newest book of poetry, Rock • Tree • Bird, won the 2018 WILLA Literary Award and Nebraska Book Award. She has six previous books, including Potato Soup, which won the 2012 Nebraska Book Award and was selected as a Notable Nebraska 150 book in 2017. Her writing is published in periodicals, anthologies, and online in Academy of American Poets, Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud, Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017, Prairie Schooner, Midwest Quarterly, Organization & Environment, Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, and many more. Twyla was raised in northeast Nebraska on land her grandparents farmed in the late 1800s as immigrants from Denmark.

Contact Information

Title: Nebraska State Poet, 2013-2018
Email: nebraskastatepoet2@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 466-5839
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Bill Hayes (Read More)

Bill Hayes grew up in the historic town of Brownville. He received his B.A. in History from Peru State College in 2005 and his M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He was involved in with the Mayhew Cabin historic site from 2006 to 2020 and served as the Volunteer Director for many of those years. He performed research on the Underground Railroad in the region while involved with the Mayhew Cabin. He presented a paper at the 2010 National Underground Railroad Conference in Topeka and helped coordinate the 2011 Nebraska Network to Freedom Conference in Nebraska City. He is a past member of the Brownville Historical Society Board and the 1848 Venture Crew (Civil War reenacting group). In addition, he is the Coordinator of the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Reenactors Corps in Nebraska City.

Contact Information

Title: Coordinator of the MRB Lewis & Clark Center Reenactors Corps in Nebraska City, NE and Independent Historian
Email: billhayestalkshistory@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 990-5829 (cell) or (402) 873-0799 (work)
Website:
City: Nebraska City

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Donald Hickey (Read More)

Don Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College. Called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by the New Yorker, Don is an award-winning author who has published eleven books and more than a hundred articles, mainly on the War of 1812 and its causes. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict, Bicentennial edition (2012). For promoting public understanding of the War of 1812, Don received the Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the USS Constitution Museum in 2013.

Contact Information

Title: Professor of History - Wayne State College
Email: dohicke1@wsc.edu
Phone: (402) 375-4030
Website:
City: Wayne

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Yvonne Hollenbeck (Read More)

Yvonne Hollenbeck is an award-winning quilter and the nation’s top award-winning cowgirl poet as well as one of the most published. Yvonne presents an entertaining trunk-show of approximately 40 family quilts made on the prairies of Nebraska, spanning 5 generations, providing a glimpse of life during the past 130 years through patchwork. She also presents a separate program of cowboy poetry, reflecting the life of a rancher’s wife.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Scholar
Email: geetwo@gwtc.net
Phone: (605) 557-3559
Website: www.yvonnehollenbeck.com
City: Clearfield, SD

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Dan Holtz (Read More)

Dan Holtz is a recently retired professor of English at Peru State College, where he taught from 1987 to 2016. He is the recipient of the 2000 Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award and the 2015 Addison E. Sheldon Award for the preservation and interpretation of Nebraska history. He is also a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State Historical Society and currently serves as a member of the Nebraska 150 Foundation, a statewide committee involved in planning Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial celebration/commemoration. He has performed and presented programs for civic, historical, and literary organizations across Nebraska as well as at the Nebraska State Capitol, the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Scottsbluff National Monument and the John Neihardt Center. Additionally, he has appeared at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and at the Bob Devaney Center for the state quarter dedication ceremony in 2006. In June of 2016, he released his second CD, “All Original, All Nebraska,” a collection songs he wrote about people, places, and events in Nebraska.

Ron Hull (Read More)

Ron Hull’s broadcasting career began in 1955, when he helped establish the eighth educational television station in the United States: KUON-TV at the University of Nebraska. For many years he was program manager of the Nebraska ETV Network and later was appointed station manager of KUON-TV and associate general manager of the Network. He served for 18 months as the television programming advisor to the government of South Vietnam in 1966-67, and during the 1980s was the program fund director at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington, D.C. From 1996-1999 he was an executive in the programming department of PBS in Washington and left that position in 1999 when he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and taught international broadcasting at Cheng Chi University in Taipei, Taiwan. He returned to NET and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received the 2000 Sower Award in the Humanities.

Contact Information

Title: Senior Advisor to Nebraska Educational Telecommunications & Professor Emeritus of Broadcasting - UNL
Email: rhull1@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 617-1594
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Renae Hunt (Read More)

Renae Hunt is a native Nebraska farm girl. She graduated from Stromsburg High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Utah State University. She attended Gallaudet University for the Deaf in Washington, D.C., and is a qualified American Sign Language interpreter. She has been an active historical re-enactor and worked as a museum educator for several years. She traveled on the Mormon Trail in 1997, and followed the Lewis and Clark Trail as a graduate student in summer 2003. In 2002, she co-founded Traveling Historical Programs Inc., which presented hands-on living history programs and has done educational programs in a tri-state area. She has also been a visiting professor at several colleges and universities.

Contact Information

Title: Scholar, Educator
Email: renaehunt.work@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 383-3421
Website:
City: Grand Island

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Ron Jensen (Read More)

Ron founded Jensen Associates in 1988 – the lobbying firm that would ultimately become Jensen Rogert Associates in 2012. Since then he has built a solid reputation for vigorous representation of his clients’ interests, effective and timely communication, as well as sound management and attention to detail. The stability of the firm’s client list offers ample evidence of Ron’s continuing effectiveness. Ron holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and brings to Jensen Rogert Associates a wealth of experience and a record of meaningful achievement in public service, legislative and government relations, health care administration, and association management. Over the period of his career, he has served three tours of duty in Nebraska State Government, the first one as a member of the Governor’s staff, and the last one as director of the state’s then-largest agency, the Department of Public Institutions, an agency that included the bulk of the functions now housed in the Department of Health and Human Services. In the private sector, Ron has served as a hospital vice president, administrator of a children and adolescent psychiatric hospital, and deputy director and government relations specialist for a statewide hospital association.

Contact Information

Title: En Counsel, Jensen Roget Associate, Inc.
Email: ron@jensenrogert.com
Phone: (402) 430-7806
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Janet Jefferies (Read More)

Native Nebraskan and descendant of Czech immigrants, Janet Jeffries has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in American history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her areas of study include Nebraska history and the state’s architectural history, Czechs in Nebraska, Czech costumes and folk art, genealogy, and other related topics. Jeffries directed a Czech studies Elderhostel program at Doane University for 18 years, owns a Czech costume collection that is exhibited periodically, and regularly leads tours to the Czech Republic. She also serves on the Czech Heritage Program Advisory Committee at UN-L. Jeffries is president of the Crete Heritage Society, and does exhibits and programming for that organization. She is the author of several articles on Crete and Doane University history, and wrote a pictorial history book Crete, released by Aracadia Publishing in their Images of America series. Jeffries, also a musician, performs a variety of music, including old time traditional and Czech, both solo and with The Kramer Sisters. Her professional career has been spent at the Nebraska State Historical Society, Doane University, and Berggren Architects.

Contact Information

Title: Historian and Lecturer
Email: janet.jeffries@doane.edu
Phone: (402) 826-5270
Website:
City: Crete

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Andrew Jewell (Read More)

A lifelong Nebraskan, Andrew Jewell is the editor of The Willa Cather Archive. He has published several articles on Cather and American literature and is the co-editor The Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Knopf, 2013). He is a professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries.

Barbara Johnson (Read More)

Barbara Johnson holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut and has taught at a number of colleges and universities. She is a member of Aberdeen’s Shakespeare Club, the oldest continuous meeting in Aberdeen.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Scholar
Email: prairielitdocbj@aol.com
Phone: (605) 290-4223
Website:
City: Aberdeen, SD

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Helen Waring Johnson (Read More)

Helen studied piano starting age 4 with her grandmother who graduated from the UNL School of Music in 1918 with a Piano Pedagogy Degree. Helen is a classically trained vocalist who studied voice and piano in Germany, she was a 2 year member of The Young Nebraskans, a singing group out of Doane College that toured and performed overseas. She is a past member of the UNL School of Music – University Singers who traveled to NYC & performed on stage at Carnegie Hall, she performed with the Lincoln Light Opera, performed on stage in productions at the Lincoln Community Playhouse and performed in 2 separate years Solo Vocal Shows sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council. Helen has been a piano, voice and guitar teacher. Waring Johnson graduated from UNL with BA in English with an emphasis on poetry writing and a Vocal Music Minor studying formal voice training, music composition and musical theatre. She was the sole editor of The Phantom issue of LAURUS, the UNL undergraduate creative writing magazine, published in 2003. Helen also had a solo vocal jazz performance with the UNL Jazz I Band. For the past 5 years, Helen has been a professional performer in an entrepreneurial solo show called “Helen’s Musical Hats! Show”. With her variety of musical shows Helen Waring Johnson has entertained over 700 audiences in 120 towns and cities across Nebraska, Iowa and Florida. The Nebraska State Fair has hosted Helen with her Musical Hats to perform on Older Nebraskans Day at the Fair for the past 4 year

Contact Information

Title: Singer/Songwriter/Museum/Artist
Email: nebraskahelen@yahoo.com
Phone: (402) 326-2048
Website:
City: Geneva

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Donald-Brian Johnson (Read More)

Donald-Brian Johnson is the co-author of several books on Art Deco through Mid-Century decorative arts. Mr. Johnson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and Speech from Northwestern University. Prior to his career as an author, he worked in the Midwest as an award-winning theatre director, television/radio reporter, and advertising writer. Johnson has been a frequent seminar speaker for groups such as the Art Deco Society of New York, the Ceramic Arts Studio Collectors Association, the Whiting & Davis Co., and Brownville's "Wine, Writers, and Song Festival". He is also a contributing writer for numerous design publications and his monthly columns "Smack Dab in the Middle: Design Trends of the Mid-Twentieth Century" and "Retro Perspectives" are syndicated throughout the United States. A native of Chatfield, Minnesota, Mr. Johnson lives in Omaha.

Contact Information

Title: Author
Email: donaldbrian@msn.com
Phone: (402) 558-7037
Website:
City: Omaha

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Nancy B. Johnson (Read More)

Nancy B. Johnson is an independent scholar with a special interest in the history and literature of women and the Great Plains. With bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, she is currently engage in research and writing while maintaining an active role as a community volunteer. A fifth generation Nebraskan, she lives in Central City with her husband C. Richard Johnson.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Scholar of Great Plains & Women's Studies
Email: crjnbjfamily@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 940-0195
Website:
City: Central City

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Nolan Johnson (Read More)

Nolan Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a master’s of professional archaeology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He works at the Nebraska State Historical Society, doing archeological surveying, report writing, mapping and cataloging.

Contact Information

Title: Archaelogist - Nebraska State Historical Society
Email: nolan.johnson4177@huskers.unl.edu
Phone: (402) 560-4177
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Patrick Jones (Read More)

Patrick D. Jones is an Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies (African and African American Studies Program) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, though he lives in Omaha with his wife and two daughters. Among his publications are, The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee (Harvard University Press) and In Their Own Image: Artifacts from the Great Plains Black History Museum (Donning Company Publishers).

Contact Information

Title: Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska -Lincoln
Email: democracy8888@yahoo.com
Phone: (402) 730-2073
Website:
City: Omaha

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Peggy Jones (Read More)

Peggy Jones is an associate professor and former interim Chair of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Black Studies Department. She is also the Associate Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program. She received an individual artist fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council for her play, “The Journey,” about Aaron Douglas.

Contact Information

Title: Associate Professor Theatre - UNO
Email: majones@unomaha.edu
Phone: (402) 214-5934
Website:
City: Omaha

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Jeff Kappeler (Read More)

Jeff Kappeler, a native Nebraskan, became interested in the state’s history before the age of 10 and this topic has been a life long pursuit. Jeff graduated from Midland Lutheran College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and taught for several years. He has served as curator of exhibits at John Brown’s Cave Museum in Nebraska City, has taught Elderhostel sessions through Midland College and has independent research projects on a continuing basis to gain a better understanding of 19th century life in Nebraska. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Dodge County Historical Society/May Museum in Fremont.

Contact Information

Title: Research Historian and Activist
Email:
Phone: (402) 807-6574
Website:
City: Valley

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Brad Kellogg (Read More)

Brad Kellogg & Raija Weiershauser perform a variety of “Living History” shows, which are popular with Historical Societies, schools, Chautauqua’s and civic organization banquets and luncheons. They are regular presenters at the John G. Neihardt Center and portrayed John & Mona Neihardt at the 50th Anniversary of Neihardt Day. Kellogg’s book “The Aisles of the Forgotten Graveyard” is historically based on one hundred year old stories of those buried in our cemeteries, some of which they also portray in their various performances.

Contact Information

Title: Author
Email: blplek@yahoo.com
Phone: (402) 404-1385
Website:
City: Wakefield

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Jerome Kills Small (Read More)

Jerome Kills Small is an Oglala Lakota from Porcupine, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A 1997 graduate from the University of South Dakota, with an M.A. in Selected Studies, and retired after 20 years at USD. He taught Lakota Language, American Indian Thought, Siouan Tribal Culture, Early Native American History. He is featured in the book, Wounded Warriors: A Time for Healing, and has a story in the Silver Anniversary Anthology published by the SD Humanities Council. Mr. Kills Small has parts in the videos: Sucker Punched, Nagi Kicopi (Calling Back the Spirit,) Lost Landscapes, and Bones of Contention: Repatriation and Reburial (BBC.) Jerome is a storyteller for public schools, museums, and colleges. Jerome translates, explains, and sings Lakota ceremonial, sweatlodge, powwow, rabbit, round dance, warrior, vision quest, and sundance songs. He sings with the Iron Wing Singers of Wagner, SD. He is a powwow organizer, announcer, arena director, and helps in conducting Lakota ceremonies. He portrayed Tecumseh, a Shawnee Chief and British General. He also portrayed Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman, the first Dakota Medical Doctor. Mr. Kills Small is on the board of Directors for the Native American Advocacy Program, www.lakotanaap.org.

Thomas N. King (Read More)

Thomas N. King has degrees in history and secondary education from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. He teaches a Civil War course for Doane College in Crete.

Contact Information

Title: Retired Professor of Instructional Design - Doane College
Email: tom.king@doane.edu
Phone: (402) 826-3835
Website:
City: Crete

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Brian Kokensparger (Read More)

Brian Kokensparger was born and raised in Perry County, Ohio, which also was the childhood home of Edward and John A Creighton. He was raised on a Christmas tree farm, and was the first in his family tree (no pun intended) to attend a university and complete a college degree. He came to Creighton as a student in 1985, and began working full time here in 1988, taking on several staff roles in the Fine & Performing Arts department (as department administrative assistant and promotion coordinator), the College of Arts & Sciences Deans’ Office (as academic advisor, technology coordinator, and assessment coordinator), and the computer arrhythmia monitoring department (as systems programmer) on the hospital side. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton in English – Creative Writing, his Masters of Computer Science degree from Creighton, and more recently his Ph.D. in Education Studies (Instructional Technology) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He has two daughters who are both off doing wonderful things in the world, and his wife and two cats to which to return home.

Contact Information

Title: Associate Professor of Computer Science - Creighton University
Email: bkoken@creighton.edu
Phone: (402) 558-3834
Website:
City: Omaha

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Stephen Lahey (Read More)

Professor Stephen Lahey specializes in medieval theology and philosophy, and does research on the Oxford theologian John Wyclif (d.1384) and the Hussite movement in 15th Century Bohemia. Professor Lahey regularly teaches courses on Augustine, Dante, medieval theology, the relation of rational and religious thought, European culture before 1000 C.E.,and an introductory course on Religious Studies. He has taught courses on Thomas Aquinas, Classical Muslim philosophy, Death and Dying, and on his area of research, and conducts an Education Abroad trip to National University of Ireland Maynooth every other year.

Contact Information

Title: Professor and Chair, Classics and Religous Studies - UNL
Email: stephen.lahey@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 472-2460
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Jody Lamp (Read More)

Born and raised in Scotts Bluff County, Lamp earned her bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 1993 with minors in psychology, anthropology and history. She worked as a photographer for the Daily Nebraskan and as an agriculture writer for the Department of Ag Communications at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. After college, she was hired as the agricultural reporter and photographer for the Beatrice Daily Sun and later was recruited by Bader Rutter & Associates, the leading agricultural-based public relations and advertising agency in the United States. She moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and lived there for three years before moving to Montana, where she continued to work for the agency. In 2009, Lamp opened Lamp Public Relations & Marketing and continues to maintain the office she started at Billings Livestock Commission. Lamp and her husband, Mike, moved to Mitchell, Nebraska, in May 2015 with their children Mark and Jessie. The American Doorstop Project is a joint-venture agriculture advocacy collaboration between Lamp and Melody Dobson. The project preserves and promotes historical stories through the identification formula of the Space, Place, Invention, Commodity or Event, and the People that have shaped the U.S. over the past hundreds of years. American Doorstop Project features a collection of stories that were instrumental in shaping America’s agricultural roots. They have published a book “A History of Nebraska Agriculture: A Life Worth Living,” in June of 2017.

Contact Information

Title: Co-Founder and Author of American Doorstop Project/Nebraska's Agricultural History
Email: jody@americandoorstopproject.com
Phone: (406) 698-9675
Website:
City: Scottsbluff

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Terry Lane (Read More)

Terry Lane has portrayed Buffalo Bill Cody since 1998 and has been the official Nebraska State Buffalo Bill and the Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism “Nebraska Bill” since 2001. Lane’s education is in U.S. history. Lane appears nationwide with his 1st person stage play “Meet Buffalo Bill”.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Scholar
Email: terrylane01@windstream.net
Phone: (402) 421-1705
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Carole Levin (Read More)

Carole Levin is Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska where she specializes in early modern English women's and cultural history. She received her Ph.D. from Tufts University.

Contact Information

Title: Professor of History - UNL
Email: clevin2@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 435-7339
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Helen M. Lewis (Read More)

Helen M. Lewis teaches literature and humanities online for Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa. She received her degrees from Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland at College Park. While teaching at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, she received a 1990 NEH Summer Fellowship to study women Romantic poets at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  Serving on the board of the Popular Culture Association, Lewis remains an active public speaker in humanities, in such areas as women in Westerns; frontier history, including Theodore Roosevelt in the West; and women’s history during the Progressive Era and World War I. Since 1999, Lewis has portrayed Jane Addams for Chautauqua and humanities audiences from Oklahoma to North Dakota. She also has developed Nebraska native Grace Abbott for Chautauqua portrayal.  Lewis adapts the portrayals to themes desired by the individual audiences.

Contact Information

Title: Instructor of English & Humanities - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Email: helen2000hum@yahoo.com
Phone: (712) 328-2937
Website:
City: Council Bluffs, IA

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Preston Love Jr. (Read More)

Preston Love Jr. was formerly an IBM marketing executive and Atlanta’s commissioner of planning under Mayor Andrew Young. In 1984 he became the national campaign manager of the Jesse Jackson for President campaign. Preston is a community activist, Adjunct Professor at UNO, Author of Economic Cataracts (2015), and black History lecturer.

Contact Information

Title: Author and Adjunct Professor of Black Studies, University of Nebraska- Omaha
Email: prestonlovejr@gmail.com
Phone: (402)-812-3324
Website:
City: Omaha

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Thomas J. Lynch (Read More)

Following graduation from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Tom Lynch became a museum associate in the newly opened Boys Town Hall of History museum. Today he is Director of Community Programs for Boys Town; Chair of the Servant of God Father Edward Flanagan Cause for Beatification: and volunteer coordinator for Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home.

Contact Information

Title: Director of Community Programs, Marketing, and Communication, Boys Town
Email: thomas.lynch@boystown.org
Phone: (402) 498-1186
Website:
City: Boys Town

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Matt Mason (Read More)

Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective. He runs poetry programming for the State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana and Belarus. Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for his poem “Notes For My Daughter Against Chasing Storms” and his work can be found in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. The author of Things We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (The Backwaters Press, 2006) and The Baby That Ate Cincinnati (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2013), Matt is based out of Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown, and daughters Sophia and Lucia.

Contact Information

Title: Nebraska State Poet
Email: mtmason@gmail.com
Phone:
Website:
City: Omaha

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Marla Matkin (Read More)

Marla Matkin comes by her love of history honestly having been born in Dodge City, Kansas and raised nearby.  She is on a continuing search to expand her knowledge and understanding of the legend and lore surrounding the region and its people.  This deep connection to the area can be traced back to her great-grandparents who homesteaded in Southwest Kansas in 1877.  Add to this her love of drama and she makes a compelling case for the ladies she portrays and the history she imparts as teacher, historian, living historian and now children’s author.  A graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in education she has informed, inspired as well as entertained her audiences for twenty-five years from the heartland to the Smithsonian.

Contact Information

Title: Independent Scholar & Performer
Email: rfd12@hotmail.com
Phone: (785) 421-5513
Website:
City: Hill City, KS

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Bernard “Barney” McCoy (Read More)

Barney McCoy teaches documentary, multimedia, broadcast news and depth reporting courses in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Kansas and Michigan State University. Before arriving at UNL, McCoy was a fulltime journalist and continues to direct and produce award-winning news and documentary projects to news organizations across the country.

Contact Information

Title: Professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Email: bmccoy@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 472-3047
Website: https://youtu.be/Q_K9CHJtoFc
City: Lincoln

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Michael F. McDonald (Read More)

Michael McDonald hails from Yankton County, S.D., growing up on a couple of farms with six brothers and a sister. He is a Vietnam era veteran, a graduate of the University of South Dakota, and is the Yankton County Veterans Service Officer. He and his wife, Deb, are parents of three, grandparents of three, and live in Yankton.

Contact Information

Title: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller
Email: oisins_remnant@yahoo.com
Phone: (605) 664-7672
Website:
City: Yankton, SD

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Jim McKee (Read More)

Jim McKee is owner of Lee Booksellers. He is the author of more than 1,400 articles and books on Lincoln and Nebraska history and numismatics including “Lincoln: A Photographic History,” “Visions of Lincoln,” “Lincoln: The Prairie Capital,” “Havelock: A Photo History and Walking Tour,” and “Remember When.” His weekly history column has appeared in the Lincoln Journal-Star Sunday newspaper since 1993. He has been a local history adjunct professor at Southeast Community College in Lincoln since 1970. He presents about 50 talks a year to church, civic, professional and historical groups.

Sue McLain (Read More)

Sue McLain, owner of Yesterday’s Lady, a vintage fashion museum/store in Beatrice, has been traveling the Midwest since 1991 sharing her extensive collection of clothing from 1840 through 1980 and teaching groups about the history of fashion. Sue has been collecting fashions since 1985 and they are currently housed in an 1887 historic building in downtown Beatrice. Her collection is so large, she can do multiple presentations, each focused on a particular type of clothing, such as beachwear, evening wear or lingerie. www.yesterdayslady.com

Contact Information

Title: Collector of Vintage Clothing
Email: yesterdayslady@charter.net
Phone: (402) 239-0919
Website: http://www.yesterdayslady.net/
City: Beatrice

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Patrice McMahon (Read More)

Patrice McMahon is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include the causes and effects of identity on international relations, transnationalism, democracy promotion, and human rights. Her recent publications include Getting its Act Together? The International Community and Statebuilding (Routledge 2012)l; and Taming Ethnic Hatred: Ethnic Cooperation and Transnational Networks in Eastern Europe (Syracuse University Press, 2007).

Contact Information

Title: Assistant Professor Political Science - UNL
Email: pmcmahon2@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 472-3235
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Gwen Meister (Read More)

Gwen Meister is a folklorist with a master's degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. An active member of the American Folklore Society since 1991, Gwen was folk arts coordinator for the Nebraska Arts Council for more than four years. In 2003 she and a group of educators founded Nebraska Folklife in Lincoln, a statewide non-profit organization that creates educational materials on Nebraska's many cultural groups. (See Humanities Nebraska Cultural Encounter Kits.) Nebraska Folklife works closely with both newer immigrant groups and established ethnic organizations in their work of documenting, promoting, and presenting the folk arts and cultural traditions in Nebraska.

Contact Information

Title: Folklorist
Email: gmeisterfolklore@gmail.com
Phone: 402 326-6368
Website:
City: Lincoln

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Lyn Messersmith (Read More)

Lyn Messersmith is a third-generation Cherry County rancher and a freelance writer who has fed a lot of hungry cowhands and has been one herself. She holds a degree in mental health and has worked in that field and as curator of the Cherry County Historical Museum. Lyn enjoys passing on the oral traditions of the cattle industry and has been featured at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings all over the West, as well as in Canada. Her belief that we are who we are because of where we’ve been, has involved her in an ongoing quest to explore pioneer women’s diaries and the lives of historical figures.

Contact Information

Title: Cowboy Poet & Freelance Writer
Email: lucky1@bbcwb.net
Phone: (308) 762-2583
Website:
City: Alliance

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Miss V (Ruby Bell) (Read More)

A bona fide troubadour, Miss “V” offers intriguing glimpses into American culture, history and lore. Her musical performances pair a diverse selection of original ballads with traditional cowboy, country and Americana covers. Compelling lyrics accompanied by solid rhythms on the guitar and her homemade “Plank Banjo” define “V”s signature Genuine Cowbilly sound. Her subtle humor, engaging personality, creative spirit, and penchant for discovering ‘the road less travelled’ culminate in unique performances that entertain and provoke thought in equal measure. Listeners enjoy stepping back to rural places and simpler times. While caretaking a homestead ranch for fourteen years, Miss “V” honed skills such as driving teams, making tack, running pack strings, building banjos, and cowboying. Two decades spent exploring rural America and her backcountry have afforded “V” her rich understanding of the land and its people. As comfortable entertaining Wyoming’s First lady as she is playing for teamsters on wagon trains, “V” has shared the stage with legends such as Baxter Black and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. Her propensity for engaging listeners of all ages has charmed audiences from coast to coast for over two decades. Well-versed at performing at a wide range of venues, some of her specialties include festivals, living history exhibitions, museums, historical societies, libraries, dude ranches and campfires. Most important, Miss "V" remains true to her moniker: Nothing Fancy But Guaranteed Authentic!

Contact Information

Title: Independent scholar and performing artist
Email: gypsycowbelle@gmail.com
Phone: (307) 231-9252
Website: www.gypsycowbelle.com
City: Thermopolis, WY

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Wynema Morris (Read More)

Wynema Morris is a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and lives on the Omaha Reservation at Walthill. She is an active speaker and teacher regarding traditional, historical and political issues of American Indians. She is an associate fellow for the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a former executive tribal administrator and vice chairman of the Omaha tribal government, she speaks on a wide range of subjects regarding American Indians. Morris received both her BS and her MA from the Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff, Ariz., where she grew up on the Navajo Reservation.

Fred Nielsen (Read More)

Fred Nielsen earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. A member of the history department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha since 1992, he has taught numerous courses, including environmental history, “The Civil War and Reconstruction,” “America in the Sixties,” and “American History Viewed Right and Left.” From 2001 to 2006, he was an interviewer on “Talking History,” a nationally syndicated radio program.

Contact Information

Title: History Lecturer - UNO
Email: fnielsen@unomaha.edu
Phone: (402) 556-4072
Website:
City: Omaha

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Dawn Nielsen (Read More)

A 1974 graduate of Dana College, Dawn Nielsen is a retired teacher having taught 12th grade English and English literature at Blair Community High School for thirty-five years. In 1977 she received a Marshall Fellowship for study in Denmark, where she worked with a number of Danish children’s theaters. In May 1989, she was selected by the students of Blair High School to receive their teacher of the year award, and in June 1992, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars named her a distinguished teacher. She is and has been an active board member of the Blair Historic Preservation Alliance and the Washington County Historical Society.

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Title: Retired High School Teacher
Email: jmnielsen@abbnebraska.com
Phone: (402) 426-4825
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City: Blair

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John Mark Nielsen (Read More)

John Mark Nielsen is executive director of the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, and emeritus professor of English at Dana College. In 2012 Queen Margrethe II of Denmark bestowed on him “Knight of the Order of Dannebrog” for building relationships between Denmark and the United States. A 1973 Dana graduate, Nielsen received his M.A. from Creighton University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1977 he was awarded a Marshall Fellowship for study in Denmark, and in 1983-84 he was a Fulbright lecturer in American literature at several colleges in Denmark. During that time he was a consultant to the National Museum of Denmark in preparing “The Dream of America,” an exhibit on Danish emigration to the United States. In 1999 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him the 1999 Nebraska professor of the year, and in 2000 he was a Fulbright senior lecturer in American literature at Mercy College of Calicut University in India.

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Title: Executive Director Emeritus, Museum of Danish America
Email: director@danishmuseum.org
Phone: (402) 426-4825
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City: Blair

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Teresa Kay Orr (Read More)

Teresa grew up on the family's century old farmstead within the spokes of the Cedar-Dixon County Line in northeast Nebraska, which encompasses the Outlaw Trail, Highway 12. The rolling hills and winding roads were the landscape in which she worked by her father's side rounding up cattle on horseback and becoming a steward of the land on a Farmall and Ferguson tractor. Her father offered a hands-on education through hard work and responsibility. Teresa picked up a guitar and developed a true appreciation for many styles of music because of her mother's influence. As a singer/songwriter, her original music stirs the heart with intimate songs of family, history, and love of country. Some of her originals, "Riding West", "The Hopeful Cowgirl", "Four Stars", and others, have been heard over the radio airwaves.

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Title: Prairie Poet & Storyteller
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Phone: (402) 913-1316
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City: Uehling

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Oscar Rios Pohirieth (Read More)

Oscar Rios Pohirieth is a professional musician and has performed throughout Mexico, the United States and Europe. With over 30 years of experience, he specializes in the music of the Andes. Pohirieth is also a traveling and teaching artist through the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska. Pohirieth helps his audiences learn information about unique instruments that they have often never seen or heard before. He analyzes the history, development and playing techniques of various Native Andean instruments such as the Zampoñas (Andean Pan Pipes), the Quena (a recorder-like flute) and the Bombo (drum from African influence) to name a few. Through this process, Pohirieth hopes to create curiosity, cooperation and collaboration for exploring new music and culture. In addition, Pohirieth finds that performing in Nebraska creates cultural bridges to Latin America and fosters an understanding of Ande

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Title: Musician
Email: opohir@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 304-5060
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City: Lincoln

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Mary Kay Quinlan (Read More)

Mary Kay Quinlan, Ph.D, freelance journalist and oral historian, is editor of the Oral History Association Newsletter, and had been active in regional and national oral history activities for many years. She was a Washington corespondent for the Omaha World Herald and Gannett News Service for 15 years and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Maryland and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has also mentored highly gifted students for Lincoln Public Schools. Quinlan is a past president of the National Press Club and is a member of the Gridiron Club of Washington, D.C. She has conducted oral history workshops, presented at regional and national academic conferences, and has been a National Endowment of the Humanities peer reviewer for oral history project proposals. She holds a B.A. with high distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and M.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland, and a PhD. in American Studies, also from the University of Maryland.

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Title: Associate Journalism Professor -UNL
Email: OHAEditor@aol.com
Phone: (402) 420-1473
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City: Lincoln

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Charles E. Real (Read More)

Chuck Real has an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he majored in history and political science, and a graduate degree in history from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He taught high school history and government in the Albion Public Schools and recently retired as vice president for corporate services of Omaha-based Continental General Insurance Co. He teaches both credit and non-credit business and history courses at Metropolitan Community College, including American history and history of world civilizations.

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Title: Adjunct History Instructor -Metro Community College
Email: creal@cox.net
Phone: (402) 573-8442
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City: om

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Dorothy Rieke (Read More)

After graduating from Nebraska City High School at the age of 16, Dorothy Rieke began her career as a teacher in a rural school. Later, she completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Peru State College and additional courses from the University of Nebraska and the University of Oklahoma. She taught in high school for nine years and spent more than 30 years teaching English in the Auburn Middle School. Voted teacher of the year, she retired after 44 years. She is a freelance writer of nostalgia, travel, religious and food articles. She is published in more than 50 magazines.

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Title: Writer
Email: dorothy7@windstream.net
Phone: (402) 242-2439
Website:
City: Julian

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