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The Nebraska Federal Writers’ Project: Remembering Writers of the 1930s – Additional Content Information

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Standards used by Educational Organizations

This exhibit and study questions are designed to assist teachers in meeting goals set by the following standards.

Nebraska State Board of Education:

Social Studies/History Standards for Grades 5-8:
8.1.8    By the end of eighth grade, students will describe key, social, economic and cultural developments from WWI through the Great Depression.
8.4.2     By the end of eighth grade, students will demonstrate skills for historical analysis.
8.4.3     By the end of eighth grade, students will develop skills in discussion, debate, and persuasive writing by analyzing historical situations and events.
8.4.5     By the end of eighth grade, students will interpret economic and political issues as expressed in various visuals.
8.4.6     By the end of eight grade, students will improve their skills in historical research and geographical analysis.

Reading Skills Grades 5-8:
8.1.5    By the end of the eighth grade, students will identify and apply knowledge of the text structure and organizational elements to analyze nonfiction or informational text.

Social Studies/History Standards for Grades 9-12:
12.1.13    By the end of twelfth grade, students will develop skills for historical analysis.
12.1.14    By the end of twelfth grade, students will demonstrate verbal and written skills that focus on enduring issues, divergent viewpoints, and excerpts from famous speeches and documents in United States history.
12.3.5    By the end of twelfth grade, students will analyze the fundamental concepts and challenges to democracy by using writing, discussion, and debate skills.

Reading Standard for Grades 9 – 12:
12.1.2     By the end of the twelfth grade, students will locate, evaluate, and use primary and secondary resources for research.
12.1.3    By the end of the twelfth grade, students will identify and use characteristics to classify different types of text.
12.1.6    By the end of the twelfth grade, students will identify and apply knowledge of the text structure and organizational elements to analyze non-fiction or informational text.
12.1.8     By the end of the twelfth grade, students will demonstrate the ability to analyze literary works, nonfiction, films and media.

Responsibility for Interpretive Materials

The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors and Lincoln City Libraries are dedicated to the idea of an open dialogue concerning the past. Opinions expressed in the interpretive materials presented here are not necessarily those of Lincoln City Libraries or of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, but are those of the author of the materials.

Some of the historical materials exhibited here may contain negative, inappropriate, or offensive connotations reflective of a culture or language of a period or place in our past. These materials are presented as part of the historical record.

Contact Information:

The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 South 13th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1899
Phone: (402) 441-8516

 

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Exhibit Contents

Part I
Rudolph Umland
A Family of German Immigrants
A Nebraska Farm Boy
Broader Horizons
From Student to Hobo
Meeting Lowry Wimberly
Lowry C. Wimberly, Between Laughter and Ghosts
Part II
The Federal Writers’ Project
Nebraska Beginnings
Circumventing a Crisis
Writers at Work
Nebraska Lore
Weldon Kees and the Writers’ Project
Loren Eiseley and the Writers’ Project
Publications and Impact
Looking Back at the Federal Writers’ Project in Nebraska
Part III
Documents
Notes and Bibliography
Study Questions
Additional Content Information

A Web Exhibit from The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Lincoln City Libraries. 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. Exhibit & Text by Stephen Cloyd. © Lincoln City Libraries, 2007

Contact the Heritage Room:

The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1899

Phone: 402-441-8516

E-mail: heritage@lincolnlibraries.org

Regular hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Support the Heritage Room:

Join the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association to support the Heritage Room. Donations to the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries may also be designated for the Heritage Room.

Donate Books or Papers to the Heritage Room:

We would enjoy discussing any possible donations of works by Nebraska authors or author memorabilia with you. We provide a Certificate of Gift for those who cannot visit in person.