Doug Rung (Read More)

Doug Rung was born in Lincoln and received a bachelor’s degree in education with majors in history and geography and a master of education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He taught social studies courses for 28 years in Geneva Junior-Senior High School. Rung worked for M-C Industries (Sunflower Marketing) in Geneva for 10 1/2 years before retiring in 2007. He is currently the president of the Fillmore County Historical Society and is a member of a Civil War re-enactors unit. He has traveled in a covered wagon on the major immigrant trails in Nebraska and recently followed part of the Lewis and Clark Trail from Nebraska to Idaho. He is a member of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Stuhr Museum, and the Gettysburg Battle Foundation.

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Title: Independent Scholar
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Phone: (402) 759-0597
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City: Geneva

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Marge Saiser (Read More)

Marjorie Saiser is the author of five books of poetry. Her book, Lost in Seward County, is on the Nebraska 150 List for the Sesquicentennial. She co-edited a book of writings by women on the Great Plains and a book of interviews featuring Nebraska writers who teach. Her poems are found in American Life in Poetry, The Writer’s Almanac, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, Chattahoochee Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Rhino, and other publications. Saiser’s awards include four Nebraska Book Awards and the Literary Heritage Award. Her website is poetmarge.com

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Title: Poet
Email: msaiser@neb.rr.com
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City: Lincoln

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Ben Salazar (Read More)

Omaha businessman Ben Salazar is a native of Scottsbluff. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and his juris doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Salazar is a Chicano activist, having worked with Nebraska organizers of farm workers since the late 1960s. He has worked with such diverse organizations as Legal Aid in Phoenix, where he represented the elderly and disabled; Lincoln Action Program; Chicanos por la causa; the public defender’s office; and the Arizona attorney general’s office. He is the publisher of Nuestro Mundo, a Spanish-English newspaper in Omaha. He is also a mediator and continues in his role as an advocate for Latinos and Spanish-speaking people.

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Title: Publisher -Nuestro Mundo Newspaper
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Phone: (402) 731-6210
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City: Omaha

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Chris Sayre (Read More)

Lincoln native Chris Sayre has been performing music professionally for over 40 years. He has dedicated much of that time to the promotion and preservation of traditional folk music from Western Europe and North America. His awards include three time Folk Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Hall of Fame recipient, as well as several first-place finishes in contests throughout the Midwest. Presenting on Button Accordion, Concertina, Dulcimer, Guitar, Mandolin and saw, Chris endeavors to leave his audience with a greater appreciation of who we are and where we came from.

David Seay (Read More)

Combining his passions for music, history, and storytelling, David has presented HN Speakers Bureau programs since 1997. He is a master artist with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist-in-the-Schools Communities Residency Program and performs with his wife, Deborah Greenblatt, in the popular musical duo Greenblatt & Seay, which has participated in the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Program for more than 30 years. David plays over a dozen instruments, teaches private music lessons, and conducts workshops in harmonica.

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

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Wally A. Seiler (Read More)

Wally Seiler is a businessman, past chair of the Nebraska Library Commission, and past winner of a nationwide Mark Twain look-alike contest at Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, California.

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Title: Independent Scholar
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Phone: (308) 760-4693
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City: Alliance

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Karen Gettert Shoemaker (Read More)

Karen Gettert Shoemaker is the author of the novel The Meaning of Names (Red Hen Press, 2014) and Night Sounds and Other Stories (Dufour Editions, 2002; UK edition – Parthian Press, 2006). She has published stories in the Prairie Schooner, the London Independent, The South Dakota Review, Fugue, Kalliope, and others. Her stories and poems have been anthologized in A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers; Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace; An Untidy Season; and Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. She has received fellowships to Brush Creek Ranch Artist Colony and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. She is the recipient of a Nebraska Center for the Book Award for Fiction; two Independent Artist Fellowships from the Nebraska Arts Council, and a Nebraska Press Award for Feature Writing. She is a faculty mentor with the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing Program.

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Title: Independent Writer & Teacher
Email: kshoemaker516@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 489-0859
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City: Lincoln

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Paul Siebert (Read More)

For more than 30 years, Paul Siebert’s quality blend of live Family Entertainment has delighted thousands with his unique style and vast repertoire. A multi acoustic instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, Paul is equally at home on concert stage, elementary school classroom, living history events, corporate dinners, senior communities, weddings or just an evening around the campfire with friends. Paul features the Hammer Dulcimer, guitar, banjo, button accordion plus numerous instruments along with vocals, specializing in strolling, playing live or using wireless mikes on his own sound system. Each presentation is carefully crafted to suit the specific age group, special interest, unique to each venue.

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Title: Independent Scholar
Email: paul@paulsiebertlive.com
Phone: (402) 366-8245
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City: Lincoln

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Randall Snyder (Read More)

Randall Snyder is a composer and jazz musician living in Lincoln, NE. and teaches at Peru State College. He was born in Chicago in 1944 and studied saxophone with his father, a professional jazz musician. In high school he received a scholarship to the Stan Kenton Band Camp and in 1962 was honored with a Downbeat magazine Student Hall of Fame award. He attended Quincy College and the University of Wisconsin, receiving a Ph.D. degree in 1973. He has also received fellowships to study Korean music at the Traditional Performing Arts Institute in Seoul. Snyder has taught courses in jazz, ethnomusicology and rock and roll at UNL. Some 100 of his of pieces have been published, with several commercially recorded. His orchestral and chamber music has won several composition contest prizes and in 1992 Snyder was the recipient of an NEA grant as composer-in-residence with the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. His music has been played by various chamber ensembles, symphonies and jazz orchestras. The Nebraska Arts Council has given him several fellowships. He also has been active as a jazz performer, appearing as bassist in two documentary films with Kansas City pianist Jay McShann.

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Title: Freelance Museum
Email: rsnyder1@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 423-5564
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City: Lincoln

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Joe Starita (Read More)

Joe Starita is the author of “I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice”, Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. He also authored, "Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor." Before joining the University of Nebraska journalism faculty in 2000, Starita spent 13 years at the Miami Herald, where he served as the paper’s New York bureau chief from 1983-1987. Interested in American Indian history and culture since his youth, Starita returned to his native Nebraska in 1992 and began work on a three-year book project about five generations of an Indian family. “The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge – A Lakota Odyssey” was published in 1995, has been translated into six foreign languages and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

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Title: Professor -College of Journalism and Mass Communications -UNL
Email: jstarita2@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 472-8280
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City: Lincoln

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Mary K. Stillwell (Read More)

A native Nebraskan, Mary K. Stillwell has studied writing in both New York and on the Plains and has published poetry in a wide variety of journals. Her most recent book of poem, Maps and Destinations, was published in 2014 by the Stephen F. Austin State University Press (Texas). Stillwell’s An Introduction to the life and Work of Ted Kooser was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2013. That same year, her chapbook of poems, Fallen Angels, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her first book of poems, Moving to Malibu, was published by Sandhills Press. Stillwell, whose dissertation was on the work of four contemporary Nebraska poets, holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was co-editor of Nebraska Presence, an anthology of contemporary Nebraska poets, published in 2008 by Backwaters Press.

Michelle Troxclair (Read More)

The Wordsmiths are Michelle Troxclair, “Nabraska,” Ty Harper, Devel Crisp, Shakura Huggins and music/sound guru Christine Loehr. They have collectively done Spoken Word in the Great African Oral Tradition for 30+ years.

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Title: Wordsmith
Email: mtroxclair1@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 320-3871
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City: Omaha

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Les Vilda (Read More)

Les Vilda is a graduate of Doane College in Crete and has been a featured performer in more than 750 living-history reenactments in 24 states. He portrayed a Fort Hayes buffalo hunter in the movie “Dances With Wolves,” has canoed 2,500 miles on the Missouri River and 500 miles on the Mississippi River, and has traveled more than 2,000 miles along the Santa Fe Trail.

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Title: Independent Scholar & Ambassador of the Sante Fe Trail
Email: eduexped@windstream.net
Phone: (402) 821-3058
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City: Wilber

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C.A. Waller (Read More)

Award-winning blues artist C.A. Waller, has been singing and playing the blues throughout the Midwest and South for more that 40 years. Through performance, storytelling, and a discussion of historical context Mr. Waller presents the musical styles, personal stories, and cultural background of the blues, and the people who sang and lived the blues. The story of the blues is the story of the establishment and development of the African-American society in our country, and the valuable contribution its practitioners have made to our collective culture. C.A. Waller is dedicated to the preservation of this unique oral tradition.

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Title: Musician
Email: cawblues@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 325-6205
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City: Lincoln

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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

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

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Raija Weiershauser (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.

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Title: Author
Email: raijasunshine@aol.com
Phone: (712) 898-5991
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City: South Sioux City

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David Wells (Read More)

David Wells was born in Lincoln in 1948 and attended Northeast, then UNL and UNO. He retired from his printing business in 2018 after 38 years. Married with two grown daughters, he now lives in Omaha. He has done extensive research on Nebraska's connections to the Civil War and the Nebraska Dept of the GAR. His work on the soldiers' monuments & memorials in Nebraska was given a Certificate of Commendation by the AASLH in 1997 and he has been on the Board of Directors of the Civil War Veterans Museum in Nebraska City since 1993.

Joan Wells (Read More)

Joan Wells is a native Nebraskan and holds a B.A. in Physical Education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with additional course work in Adult Education and Sports Studies. Joan has toured with her trick roping and western music for the National School Assemblies Agency of Hollywood,CA and won the title as Women’s World Champion Trick Roper at the Will Rogers Trick Roping Contest in Claremore, OK. In 1989 she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth. Joan continues to perform for western theme events, conventions, schools, stage shows, and wild west show re-enactments.

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Title: Independent Scholar & Honoree to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame
Email: joanwellstrickroper@yahoo.com
Phone: (402) 484-5676
Website: http://www.joanwellstrickroper.com/
City: Lincoln

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Theodore Wheeler (Read More)

Theodore Wheeler is the author of the novel Kings of Broken Things and a collection of short fiction, Bad Faith. His work appears regularly in magazines and anthologies like Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, and Boulevard, and has been recognized with a Marianne Russo Award from Key West Literary Seminar and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. A graduate of the MA and MFA writing programs at Creighton University, he teaches creative writing at Creighton and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and covers a civil law beat as a reporter for a national legal news service.

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Title: Independent Scholar
Email: tedwheeler@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 516-2141
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City: Omaha

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Eileen Wirth (Read More)

Dr. Eileen Wirth is a professor emeritus of journalism at Creighton University and a senior writer for Legacy Preservation. A native of Nebraska City, she was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and a public relations writer for Union Pacific Railroad before joining Creighton in 1991. She chaired the Department of Journalism, Media & Computing for 19 years and retired in 2016. Wirth has written eight books including several on regional history. These include From Society Page to Front Page, the history of Nebraska’s women journalism; Historic Omaha Houses of Worship and her forthcoming book on the history of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Long active in the community, Wirth is a member of the Nebraska State Historical Society Board and a former president of the Omaha Library Board, the Omaha Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, the Omaha Press Club Foundation and St. Cecilia’s School Board. She is a member of the Omaha Press Club’s Hall of Fame and the Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Omahans Hall of Fame. She also received the 2019 Communicator of Achievement Award from the National Federation of Press Women. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Political Science from UNL.

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Title: Professor of Journalism Emeritus, Creighton University
Email: emw@creighton.edu
Phone: (402) 659-5457
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City: Omaha

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Edward Zimmer (Read More)

Ed Zimmer has been the historic preservation planner for the Lincoln Planning Department since 1985. He emphasizes outreach through illustrated talks, walks, and bike and bus tours. He has also been an adjunct instructor for the UN-L College of Architecture. He is a native of Omaha and spent a decade studying and working in Boston, earning a Ph.D. in American studies from Boston University in 1984. While in Massachusetts he freelanced as a researcher and writer for clients including Peabody Museum at Harvard University and the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History.

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Title: Retired Preservation Planner, Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department
Email: ed.zimmer@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 430-7814
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City: Lincoln

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