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Chimney Rock in about 1844. One of the earliest views of Nebraska seen in the United States.

Chimney Rock from Fremont's Report of 1845

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NLHA's Lunch at the Library

Web Exhibit:

The Nebraska Federal Writers' Project: Remembering Writers of the 1930s

This project was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered through the Nebraska Library Commission.

New Exhibits and More:

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Nebraska Writers

for notice of new Heritage Room exhibits and upcoming events.

Book Collection:

The collection focuses on books by and about Nebraska authors. The following lists introduce some themes that reflect the diverse ways that living in Nebraska has inspired literary creativity.

Nebraska Links to American History
Nebraska Guides
Nature Writing
Heritage Video List
Ted Kooser
Children's Literature
Nebraska Sandhills

Archival Collections:

The Heritage Room archive contains manuscripts, artwork, photographs, letters, scrapbooks and other unpublished materials by Nebraska authors and from Nebraskans prominent in the publishing world, including:

Loren Eiseley
Weldon Kees
Dorothy Thomas
Rudolph Umland
Glenn Noble
Wright Morris
Cliff Hillegass


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The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors is a service of Lincoln City Libraries supported by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association.


John H. Ames Reading Series: Readings by Nebraska Authors

Readings are held Sundays in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. Programs begin at 2:00 PM. Call (402) 441-8516 for information.

The winter series has concluded; watch for updated information coming soon!

Video from the February 15, 2015 Ames Reading featuring Ron Hull and Leta Powell Drake discussing their books entitled Backstage: Stories from My Life in Public Television and The Calamities of Kalamity Kate: A History of Nebraska’s Children’s TV Shows is now available, courtesy of 5 City TV:

All Ames Reading Series programs are taped for later broadcast on 5 City TV, Time Warner Cable Channel 5. The broadcast schedule is available here, and recent programs can be viewed here. Many of these programs are also available for checkout on DVD.

30 Years and 200+ Readings!
Lists of the 200+ Ames Readings from the past 30 years organized by presenter and by date are available here.

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