NCE 2015 Road Trip Review

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All for the Match Campaign Update!

Thanks to the generous gift of one million dollars from the John W. Carson Foundation, we are one third of the way to reaching our All for the Match campaign goal!

This gift not only ensures a future livelihood for the arts and humanities in Nebraska, but also ensures Livi’s safety! Remember Livi, the charming, courageous piggy bank on a mission to help us reach our goal and culture antagonist Hammy in the process? The recent one million dollar gift meant that Hammy had to attend the Chautauqua workshops and presentations in June.

During Chautauqua, Hammy watched the portrayals of historical figures like Willa Cather, Ponca Chief Standing Bear, and Laura Ingalls Wilder and was encouraged to explore the impact of landmark legislation to immigrants, Native Americans, war veterans, women, and African Americans through the perspective of migration and displacement.

While Hammy wore a less-than-thrilled frown upon his face for most of the event, we were fortunate enough to capture the photo below when he didn’t realize we were watching. Is that a smile starting to form? Maybe this means there’s hope for him after all! Will Hammy overcome his reluctance and embrace that the arts and humanities have beautiful experiences to offer?

Only time will tell.

Campaign Update #1

Chautauqua Contest!

Organized by Humanities Nebraska, the Chautauqua Series brings workshops, presentations, and other activities for children and adults across the state in celebration of heritage and political and cultural happenings. This year’s theme is Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America.
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In the spirit of the upcoming Chautauqua series happening across Nebraska this month, we’re GIVING AWAY two signed copies of I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice by Joe Starita. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post telling us who you are looking forward to presenting underneath the Chautauqua tent and why!

We will randomly select the two winners on Monday, June 24. The winner will be notified via email, so it is important you leave a valid, active email address when leaving your comment. Good luck, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to stay in-the-know on future events and giveaways!

Learn more about the Chautauqua Series

Papillion Schedule
Wednesday, June 19
7PM: Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM: Betty Jean Steinshouer as author Willa Cather

Thursday, June 20
7PM Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM Patrick E. McGinnis as Union General and railroad builder Grenville Dodge

Friday, June 21
7PM: Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM: Karen Vuranch as author and homesteader Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, June 22
7PM: Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM: Paxton Williams as homesteader and inventor Washington Carver

Sunday, June 23
7PM: Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM: Taylor Keen as Ponca Chief Standing Bear

Join the Papillion event on Facebook.

Grand Island Schedule
Wednesday, June 26
7PM: Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM: Betty Jean Steinshouer as author Willa Cather

Thursday, June 27
7PM Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM Patrick E. McGinnis as Union General and railroad builder Grenville Dodge

Friday, June 28
7PM: Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM: Karen Vuranch as author and homesteader Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, June 29
7PM: Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM: Paxton Williams as homesteader and inventor Washington Carver

Sunday, June 30
7PM: Warren Brown as Mark Twain
7:30PM: Taylor Keen as Ponca Chief Standing Bear

Join the Grand Island event on Facebook. 

Official Contest Rules:

  • Contest starts at 9:00am Central Time on Wednesday, June 19 and ends at 9:00am Central Time on Monday, June 24.
  • Eligible entrants must be residents of Nebraska.
  • There can be only one entry per person.
  • Winner will be selected at random from a pool of eligible entries.
  • Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 25 and notified via the email address submitted with the comment, so entrants must leave a valid, active email address when leaving a comment.
  • If the winner does not respond to communication from Nebraska Cultural Endowment within one week of being notified as the winner, a new winner may be selected.
  • Prize will be distributed by snail mail within 30 days of announcing the winner.
  • The Nebraska Cultural Endowment reserves the right to adjust the contest rules at any time.
  • All federal, state, and local taxes associated with the receipt or use of any prize is solely the responsibility of the winner.

Social Studies Is My Livelihood

Kristi’s Story
I was about seven years old when the teacher at my one-room school suggested that I read Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It seemed really daunting at first, but soon I was totally engrossed in the story of Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura, and Baby Carrie starting a life in a place not that far from where I called home. I made a little nook for myself on the floor of the walk-in closet in the bedroom my little sister and I shared and missed many different calls for supper that first evening!Little House on the Prairie

From that point on, the social studies became a passion! With the encouragement of my parents, besides finishing the “Little House” series, I was constantly reading books covering a variety of topics from the Civil War and settlement on the Great Plains to World War II and the Titanic. During the first Gulf War (at the age of 10), I found myself poring over maps of the Middle East and trying to learn everything I could about the region that was being shown on TV every evening. As I got involved in a range of activities at my small high school including sports, music, and drama, my favorite novels in English class still had a common historical theme, and for quiz bowl I memorized just about every fact about the Presidents that could be handled. It certainly was not a surprise when I decided early on that I wanted to be a social studies teacher; as much as I loved the subject, I also felt driven to inspire others to see how important the social studies are.

Thankfully, I have always had an opportunity professionally to utilize that love of the social studies and encourage others in learning about those topics whether it was on Capitol Hill, in my classrooms in Indiana and Nebraska, or now through Chautauqua, Capitol Forum, and the grant programs that we fund. Especially fitting is the opportunity I have now to help communities engage with history and the humanities through our current Chautauqua theme, Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America, where the public encounters important historical figures from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the lady whose words started it all for me, Laura Ingalls Wilder.

About Kristi Kristi Hayek
Kristi Hayek has been a Program Officer at Humanities Nebraska since October 2009. As part of her duties at HN she serves as the coordinator for both the Chautauqua and Capitol Forum on America’s Future programs along with handling a portion of the grants HN awards.

She is a fifth-generation Nebraskan and grew up on a farm near Friend. A graduate of Concordia University in Seward with a degree in education and an emphasis in secondary level social sciences, Kristi has served as a deputy legislative assistant in Senator Ben Nelson’s Washington, D.C. office, a social studies teacher at Concordia Lutheran H.S. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and an instructor in American Government at Concordia University. When not involved in the humanities, she enjoys watching and playing sports, music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.