- Bruce Hopkins, Truth in the Rivers, October 12
The John G. Neihardt State Historic Site invites the public to a reading and book discussion at this month’s “Sunday Afternoon at the Museum.” At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 2014, author Bruce Hopkins, a noted environmentalist, teacher, and writer from the Loess Hills region of Iowa, will read from his collection of essays and poetry Truth in the Rivers. This work is illustrated with watercolors by Howard Horii, an artist and architect from the New York City/New Jersey area. Broken into three sections, the first follows Horii’s life from his time as a young Japanese American student in the 1940s in California, to relocation and internment in Arizona after the attack on Pearl Harbor, to Horii as a successful artist and architect. The second section addresses the author’s experiences as a Black Studies teacher during the 1960s and his travels with African American colleagues to the East Coast and the Deep South during that time. The third section explores ways to understand and learn from this difficult past. Hopkins considers the necessity of education as a means to provide children with the means to face the civic and moral issues they will face. This is a story of human resilience, determination in the light of adversity, and the human ability to sustain the creative voice in the face of difficulty. We look forward to an afternoon of introspection, reflection, and mindful storytelling. Several of Horii’s watercolors will be on display. Books—including Truth in the River and his other notable work When Foxes Wore Red Vests—will be available for purchase and signing. Reception will follow the program.
- Fifteenth Laureate's Feast November 9, 2014
The John G. Neihardt Foundation, dedicated to the legacy of Nebraska's Poet Laureate, will hold its fifteenth annual Laureate's Feast dinner and auction fund raiser on Sunday, November 9th in the Swanson Conference Center at 32nd and Sorenson Parkway entrance of the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.
This year, the Neihardt Word Sender award will be presented to Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet. She is the first female to be honored with this distinction in Nebraska. As the State Poet, Hansen serves as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature in Nebraska; gives public presentations and readings; leads workshops and discussions; and provides outreach in schools, libraries, literary festivals and other venues. Hansen has won numerous awards including the 2012 Nebraska Book Award for her book Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet (written with Linda Hasselstrom). Readers of her work will find a narrator with a palpable connection to the natural world, a reverence for the past, and an ability to celebrate the local wonders of our state.
In previous years, the Word Sender award has been presented to such luminaries as photojournalist Fr. Don Doll, journalist Tom Allan, author Joseph Starita, Ron Hull of NETV, former Governor and Mrs. Thone, folklorist Roger Welsch, State Poet Bill Kloefkorn, and Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. The evening's activities include a wine reception with music by Michael Murphy of Omaha. Emcee will be Paul Hammel, Omaha World Herald journalist and Foundation board member, and the auctioneer will be Dr. Myrvn Christopherson, former President of Dana College, now retired. The reception, meal, and decor are all designed and prepared by the Culinary Arts Department of Metropolitan Community College.
Both the silent and live auctions contain interesting, unusual, and valuable items, such as fine art and signed prints, fine wines, a variety of gift baskets, Opera Omaha and Omaha Symphony tickets, athletic event tickets, first edition works by Neihardt, and a great variety of dinner certificates and gift and collector items.
The Laureate's Feast is open to the public, but does require advance reservations as dinner seating is limited; reservations are open through November 2nd. Contact the Neihardt Foundation office at 1-888-777-4667 or 402-648-3388 or on-line at Neihardt@gpcom.net for reservations. Tickets are $100 per person. Also available are sponsor tables for eight at $1000. The Neihardt Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization and 35% of the dinner cost is tax deductible. The reception, music, and silent auction begin at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the live auction. Dress is business attire.
- Fall and Winter Programs September 14, October 12, November 6, December 14, 2014
For more information, please contact the Neihardt State Historic Site at 1-402-648-3388 or 1-888-777-4667 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the site at 306 W. Elm Street, Bancroft, NE.