- Woodie Guthrie, April 7, 2013
On Sunday, April 7th at 2 p.m. the next Neihardt Sunday Afternoon at the Museum will feature the legacy of Woody Guthrie, America's voice in the 1930s. Musician Mike Adams performs Guthrie's songs and Kate Benzel provides excerpts from Guthrie's autobiography. This program fits well into the theme of our 2012-13 Neihardt programming on two fronts; one, it celebrates the 100th birthday of Guthrie as a powerful American storyteller and, two, continues the examination of what was going on in the nation during Neihardt's most prolific writing years--the 30's saw the release of Black Elk Speaks and the completion of A Cycle of the West.
Adams, a singer-songwriter himself, was awarded 2012 Master Storyteller Award from Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival. Benzel, a Professor in English at UN-K, specializes in 20th Century American and British Literature. The two created Carl Sandburg: Prayers for the People in 2009 for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, which won a 2010 Heartland Emmy for Entertainment Specials.
The program begins at 2 p.m. with a reception; both are free and open to the public.
- JGN Spring Conference, April 27, 2013
The theme for this year's Spring Conference is "Neihardt & Education on the Great Plains." The program will feature Dr. James Weixelman, Assistant Professor of History at Wayne State College; Nancy F. Carlson, Anthtrologist and Archeologist and founder of the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation; Jerome Kills Small, traditional story teller and teacher of Dakota and Lakota language, origin stories, herbal and food lore and ceremonial songs; Dr. James C. Work, Emeritus Professor of English at Colorado State University; and Joseph F. Green, high school teacher of English and language arts. The program begins with coffee and registration at 8:30 am. Lunch is available at 11:45 am at the Community Center; catering done by Grandma's Attic. The conference is scheduled to end at 3:30 pm after a panel discussion. Registration for the event is $20, $15 for students. Luncheon tickets are $8; reservations must be received by Monday, April 22, 2013. Reservations may be made by phone at 888-777-HOOP.
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.