Organizations across Nebraska

America’s Great Stories to be Told Again in Lincoln this June

This month I am privileged to be a part of a grassroots Lincoln organization: America’s Great Stories.  Four storytellers will be presenting first person narrative biographical sketches about four key American historical figures.  While I am not personally dressing up in costume, I get to lead the children in the Pledge of Allegiance, learning “America the Beautiful” and in a verse that impacted the lives of these four Americans.  Although many of the presentations are for specific groups, the three Lincoln locations mentioned are open to the public.  NOTE: all of these community room events are sponsored by “America’s Great Stories.”



Calvert Recreational Center (4500 Stockwell) on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

June 3 James Naismith (inventor of basketball)

June 10 Booker T. Washington (Famed educator)

June 17 George Washington (founding father)

June 24 Katharine Lee Bates (writer of “America the Beautiful”)

James Naismith Portrayed

Portrayal of James Naismith


Walt Library (6701 S. 14th) on Fridays at 11:00 a.m.

June 6 James Naismith (inventor of basketball)

June 13 Booker T. Washington (famed educator)

June 20 George Washington (founding father)

June 27 Katharine Lee Bates (writer of “America the Beautiful”)


Booker T. Washington portrayed

Portrayal of  Booker T. Washington

Gere Library (56th & Normal) on Fridays at 3:00 p.m.

June 6 James Naismith (inventor of basketball)

June 13 Booker T. Washington (famed educator)

June 20 George Washington (founding father)

June 27 Katharine Lee Bates (writer of “America the Beautiful”)


We have attended these presentations in the past, and the first person narrators do an excellent job of bringing these important American historical figures to life!

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”

-George Washington-

P.S. Due to room capacity limitations, the library sessions in particular can fill up quickly.  If you are flexible on your timing, attending the evening sessions at Calvert Rec Center may be your best option!


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Arbor Day In Nebraska

Just in case you missed it, the holiday that Nebraskans can be most proud of is today.  Why?  Because Arbor Day originated in Nebraska.  (Maybe next year I will write a “Flashback Friday” on that!)  Many festivities are planned across the state.  I missed a few today (sorry – I had originally looked it up in the wrong place!), but there are enough activities taking place the rest of the week-end to still keep you plenty busy!

Nebraska City

Arbor Day Festival  How could I start at any another town besides the place that it all originated?  Nebraska City has activities planned all week-end including a fun run, bake sale, flea market and even a parade.  If you hurry, you can catch the two hour carnival tonight.


Lauritzen Gardens  TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration

Tomorrow morning from 9 to 12, you can take a hike and also learn more about trees.  Early arriver?  The first one hundred groups will receive a free seedling!

Know of any other Arbor Day events?  Please comment below or on my Facebook page.  Of course, you can celebrate wherever you go!  The forecast is good – get out and enjoy! 🙂  I can”t resist ending with a song I remember hearing whenever it was Arbor Day time.

P.S. This also happens to be the Nebraska Science Festival week-end!  Even more activities are happening around the Eastern part of Nebraska, and I will write about them tomorrow morning!




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International in Nebraska: Back to the Bible

Yesterday was my 14th wedding anniversary.  (Love you, KJ!)  When I noticed that our special day was falling on Wednesday, I decided I could not resist featuring the place where we had our wedding reception.  In fact, the last picture in yesterday’s “Wordless Wednesday” was actually a picture of their great room decorated for our reception.  This happened to be the place where my Mom was employed at the time and was not just any old rental hall.  In fact, our location just so happened to be inside the international headquarters of an organization.

Back to the Bible International Sign

Back to the Bible started in Lincoln 75 years ago.  If you have ever driven by their current location on Cornhusker Highway in Lincoln, you would remember.  Why?  Because of all of the flags!

B2B Flags

Out in front of the building are the flags representing the places where Back to the Bible is currently broadcasting or has had radio programming in the past.  Their approach is slightly different in that the actual speakers are nationals of the countries where the broadcasts are taking place rather than using one universal speaker like many organizations tend to do.

Tomorrow I intend to do a bit of a combo of both  “Friday Photography” and “Friday Flashbacks,” showing some more interior pictures about the place and also explaining a bit of how Back to the Bible came to be.  Since their official anniversary celebration does not happen for several months, I will get into a bit more of their history at that point.  This is an organization that has been important to my family for various reasons for quite a long time.  I am excited that I get to tell you more about this lovely place!


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