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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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People Behind the Places: Nebraska Counties T-Z

We are to our final installment of “People Behind the Places: Nebraska Counties.”  Next week, we will look at “Places Behind the Places” to cover (perhaps) the remaining counties – I lost track of just how many counties we have left to name. 🙂 I have enjoyed learning more behind the history of the counties!  And I now happily have my own copy of Perkey’s Nebraska Place Names – a souvenir from our trip!

(Note: there are not any “X” or “Z” Nebraska counties.  And our lone “V” and “Y” counties will be addressed in a later entry as they were named for places ).

Thayer: While John Milton Thayer was a Civil War general, he was also one of the first Nebraska senators, serving from 1867-1871.  16 years later he served a term as Nebraska governor for five years (1887-1892).  This county was originally called Jefferson County.

Thomas: Civil War General George H. Thomas received the nod for this county that was not officially established until Nebraska had been a state for 20 years.

Thurston: U.S. Senator John M. Thurston was the cause of this county being renamed from Blackbird County.  Blackbird was a former Indian Chief who was buried in this area along with his favorite horse.  The history behind this renaming is a bit complicated.  You can read more in this online excerpt of Andreas’ History of the State of Nebraska.

Washington: You might be able to guess that this county was named in honor of General and President George Washington.  But what you would not know is that the boundaries of this county was actually set on Washington’s birthday – February 22nd, 1855.  The boundaries were redefined twice in the next five years – that seemed to happen often in early Nebraska counties.

Wayne: Revolutionary War General “Mad Anthony” Wayne name graces this Northeast Nebraska county.  From reading a bit of history, evidently Wayne was known for his temper tantrums and drive to push his troops through all sorts of battles.  If you enjoy reading military history, General Wayne is a fascinating one (and the first two articles linked even have pictures of him).

Webster: Patriot and statesman Daniel Webster was given this honor.  I wonder just how many counties across the country were named for this great American?

Wheeler: A Nebraskan!  Major Daniel H. Wheeler served many, many years as the secretary of the State Board of Agriculture.  (I am pretty sure this secretarial position was similar to a national cabinet one, rather than the fact that he was good with a typewriter. 🙂  )

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