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DECEMBER 7, 2014 | Scranton Times-TribuneVet Recalls North Platte Canteen, Kindness of Strangers — The visit lasted no more than 20 minutes during a military career that spanned 24 years, but the kindness of strangers left a deep impression on Bill Stubbs. More...

NOVEMBER 24, 2014 | Columbus Telegram / Banner-PressWar Memoir Selected for 2015 One Book One Nebraska — Nebraskans have new required reading material. The 2015 One Book One Nebraska selection is Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting (University of Nebraska Press, May 2013) by Beverly Deepe Keever, who was born and raised outside of Hebron, Neb. More...

NOVEMBER 21, 2014 | Scottsbluff Star-HeraldNebraska Native’s Vietnam Memoir Chosen for 2015 One Book One Nebraska — Nebraskans have new required reading material. The 2015 One Book One Nebraska selection is Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting (University of Nebraska Press, May 2013) by Beverly Deepe Keever, who was born and raised outside of Hebron, Neb. More...

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 | NBC NebraskaPresentation on the North Platte Canteen Held at the Hastings Museum — The Hastings Museum is honoring World War II soldiers who made stops in Nebraska during the war. The presentation was given by Charlotte Endorf, a professional speaker and author of the book "Bless Your Hearts," which chronicles the history of the North Platte Canteen through interviews with soldiers and platform girls. Watch the video...

NOVEMBER 16, 2014 | Omaha World-HeraldBookends — The 2015 One Book One Nebraska selection is "Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting" by Beverly Deepe Keever, who was born and raised outside Hebron, Nebraska. This is the 10th year of the One Book One Nebraska program. It is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Library Commission. More...

NOVEMBER 14, 2014 | The Post-StandardDaily Inspiration: The Canteen — While attending a conference at West Point, I was introduced to a video on the North Platte, Nebraska Canteen. Created by a small group of community women, the North Platte Canteen served food to over 6 million soldiers as they traveled through town by train. More...

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 | Nebraska Library CommissionNebraska Native’s Vietnam Memoir Chosen for 2015 One Book One Nebraska — Nebraskans have new required reading material. The 2015 One Book One Nebraska selection is Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting (University of Nebraska Press, May 2013) by Beverly Deepe Keever, who was born and raised outside of Hebron, Neb. More...

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 | University of Nebraska PressNebraska Native’s Vietnam Memoir Chosen for 2015 One Book One Nebraska — Nebraskans have new required reading material. The 2015 One Book One Nebraska selection is Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting (University of Nebraska Press, May 2013) by Beverly Deepe Keever, who was born and raised outside of Hebron, Neb. More...

NOVEMBER 3, 2014 | University of Hawai'i System NewsBeverly Keever's Vietnam Memoirs a Finalist in One Book One NebraskaDeath Zones and Darling Spies, the memoirs of American Vietnam War correspondent and University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Professor Emerita Beverly Deepe Keever, has been selected as a finalist for the One Book One Nebraska reading program. A native of Nebraska, Keever's memoir is one of four nonfiction books and three novels chosen for 2015. Keever sees programs such as One Book One Nebraska and partnering librarians playing "an increasingly valued role in this turbulent information age." Read more...

OCTOBER 30, 2014 | Syracuse Journal-DemocratEndorf Gives 'Canteen' Presentation at Syracuse Library — For soldiers stepping off the train in the 1940s at North Platte, Nebraska, most never expected what they received. The North Platte Canteen was an amazing piece of Nebraska history where an entire community came together to serve others. Author and professional speaker Charlotte Endorf spoke about the Canteen at the Syracuse Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Read more...

OCTOBER 30, 2014 | Nebraska City News-PressEndorf Gives 'Canteen' Presentation at Syracuse Library — For soldiers stepping off the train in the 1940s at North Platte, Nebraska, most never expected what they received. The North Platte Canteen was an amazing piece of Nebraska history where an entire community came together to serve others. Author and professional speaker Charlotte Endorf spoke about the Canteen at the Syracuse Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Read more...

OCTOBER 24, 2014 | North Platte TelegraphNorth Platte Pulls Several Awards at NE Tourism Gala — There were gents in top hats and ladies in fur stoles, t-strap heels and Army boots. Although it wasn’t required to dress in the styles of the 1940s, many participants at the Celebrate Nebraska Awards Gala Thursday night got creative to fit the North Platte Canteen theme... Read more...

OCTOBER 15, 2014 | Lincoln Journal StarOne Book One Nebraska Announces 2015 Finalists — Four nonfiction books and three novels — all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains — are the finalists for the 2015 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are.... Read more...

OCTOBER 15, 2014 | Fremont TribuneLibrary to Show 'The Canteen Spirit' — Keene Memorial Library in Fremont will present a showing of the NETV produced DVD, "The Canteen Spirit," from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday. "The Canteen Spirit" chronicles the story of the World War II North Platte Canteen, which made history when residents of 125 communities from across the state greeted millions of soldiers over a nearly five-year period, as their trains made a 10-minute stop at the North Platte Depot. Read more...

OCTOBER 14, 2014 | KRVN One Book One Nebraska 2015 Finalists Announced — Finalists have been announced for the One Book One Nebraska program for 2015. Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator, says the program is a yearly event that gives Nebraskans the chance to collaborate on the same book. "One Book One Nebraska is this fantastic opportunity that the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska Center for the Book host every year." Read more...

OCTOBER 14, 2014 | Nebraska Library CommissionFinalists for 2015 One Book One Nebraska Announced — Four nonfiction books and three novels—all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains—are the finalists for the 2015 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are: Benediction, by Kent Haruf; Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting, by Beverly Deepe Keever; Eagle Voice Remembers: An Authentic Tale of the Old Sioux World, by John G. Neihardt; The Floor of the Sky, by Pamela Carter Joern; Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race, by Tekla Agbala Ali Johnson; Goodnight, Nebraska, by Tom McNeal; and The Loren Eiseley Reader, by Loren Eiseley. Read more...

AUGUST 20, 2014 | Fremont TribuneBook Club Plans September Meeting — The Keene Memorial Library Thursday Night Book Club will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 4 to discuss “Once Upon A Town” by Bob Greene. Read more...

JULY 30, 2014 | McCook Gazette'Nebraska Spirit: The North Platte Canteen' Presentation Set for McCook Public Library — The McCook, Nebraska, Public Library will host a presentation called "Nebraska Spirit: The North Platte Canteen" at the library on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Nebraska Humanities speaker Charlotte Endorf of Norfolk, Nebraska, will tell the story of American soldiers who rode troop trains through North Platte, Nebraska, during World War II en route to Europe and the Pacific, and their reception by North Platte-area residents at the train depot. Read more...

JULY 20, 2014 | Scottsbluff Star-HeraldLibrary Book Club Meets in Alliance — The Alliance Public Library Book Club will meet on Tuesday, July 22, at 1 p.m. in the library’s north alcove. The book club will discuss Bob Greene’s “Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen,” the 2014 One Book, One Nebraska selection. Read more...

JUNE 6, 2014 | KNOP-TVMiss Nebraska Contestants Tour Lincoln County Historical Museum — Miss Nebraska contestants were up bright and early Friday to continue their education. Miss Nebraska 2014 contestants took in the sights of the Lincoln County Historical Museum. "I guess I never realized the Canteen was was based in North Platte. So to be able to see this community come together and do that for our troops was amazing to learn about," [Miss Chadron Kodi] Baumann said. Read more...

MAY 7, 2014 | North Platte TelegraphStepping Back in Time — Fourth-grade students from North Platte Public Schools had the opportunity to glimpse into the past this week as they traveled back in time to the days when clothes were made by women sitting in their sod houses and dug outs and rope was made by hand. A new stop was added at the museum this year to highlight the North Platte Canteen. "It works well with the One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program that selected Bob Greene’s book about the Canteen," Griffin said. "We have updated and improved the Canteen display this year." Read more...

APRIL 17, 2014 | Beatrice Daily SunLibrary Book Discussion Planned for April 24 — The 2014 One Book, One Nebraska selection "Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen" will be featured at the Beatrice Public Library Book Discussion on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. This will be held in the Sargent Conference Room at the Library. Special invited guests are veterans and anyone with a special story to share about the North Platte Canteen. Read more...

MARCH 8, 2014 | North Platte TelegraphNP's Past Relived — Marcia Beiber was too young to dance with the soldiers at the Canteen. The now 83-year-old Beiber remembered her time washing dishes at the North Platte Canteen after a presentation of the “Canteen Experience” at the North Platte Public Library on Friday. Read more...

MARCH 7, 2014 | KNOP-TVCelebrating the Canteen — Book lovers and history buffs will be celebrating the history of the Canteen at the North Platte Public Library during the entire month of March. The book titled "Once Upon A Town" by Bob Green, which was inspired by the Canteen, was selected as the One Book One Nebraska winner and the library is holding events throughout the month get people to read it. Read more...

MARCH 3, 2014 | North Platte Bulletin'Once Upon a Town' Discussion March 11 — North Platte author Barbara Mohrman will lead a one-hour discussion on the book, Once Upon a Town, by Bob Greene at the North Platte Public Library at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, and again at 7 p.m. that evening. This book focuses on the North Platte Canteen and was selected as a "One Book One Nebraska" selection, a program by the Nebraska Center for the Book that encourages everyone in the state to read the selection, which is related to Nebraska by subject or author. Read more...

FEBRUARY 27, 2014 | North Platte TelegraphA Proud Time for our Town — The North Platte Canteen will be the subject of a series of events at the North Platte Public Library in March. The idea is to celebrate the selection of “Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen” as the featured book in the 2014 One Book One Nebraska reading program. “We thought it was only fitting to do something since North Platte was the home of the Canteen,” Cecelia Lawrence, library director, said. “The volunteer effort was one of the proudest moments for our community.” Read more...

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 | North Platte BulletinState to Read 'Once Upon a Town' — The North Platte Public Library, and groups across Nebraska, are planning special programs in March with the book Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene. Read more...

JANUARY 24, 2014 | Rock County Public LibraryOne Book One Nebraska 2014 — Governor Dave Heineman signed a proclamation on January 16, 2014 honoring 2014 One Book One Nebraska: Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene. Read more...

JANUARY 23, 2014 | Lincoln 55+ Seniors PaperNorth Platte Canteen – One Book One Nebraska — Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene is Nebraska's reading choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. Read more...

JANUARY 21, 2014 | Lied Imperial Public Library2014 One Book, One Nebraska — Governor Heineman Proclaims 2014 One Book One Nebraska: Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen. Read more...

JANUARY 21, 2014 | Nebraska Library CommissionGovernor Heineman Proclaims 2014 One Book One Nebraska: Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen — On Jan. 16, 2014 Governor Dave Heineman signed a proclamation honoring 2014 One Book One Nebraska: Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene. One participant in the signing ceremony was Rosalie Lippincott, of Shelton, NE, who worked at the North Platte Canteen during her teen years, serving meals to WWII soldiers passing through on troop trains. Read more...

JANUARY 16, 2014 | The Office of Governor Dave HeinemanGovernor Heineman Awards Proclamations on January 16, 2014Browse gallery and view second photo, or view photo in Flickr.

JANUARY 5, 2014 | examiner.comNorth Platte Canteen Serving WW II Soldiers Is Focus of One Book One Nebraska — Lots of writing by Nebraskans deserves attention, but a book by a non-Nebraskan --- the well-known author Bob Greene who reported for many years from Chicago --- was chosen for One Book One Nebraska for 2014. Read more...

JANUARY 4, 2013 | KOTA Territory NewsBook about North Platte Train Depot Named 2014 State-wide Reading Book — A book about a World War Two train depot in North Platte is getting state-wide attention. Bob Greene's 'Once Upon A Town: The North Platte Canteen' has been selected as the 2014 'One Book, One Nebraska' state-wide reading book. Read more...

DECEMBER 12, 2013 | Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan2014 One Book One Nebraska Announced — “Once Upon a Town” by Bob Greene is Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. Read more...

OCTOBER 29, 2013 | North Platte TelegraphCanteen Story is Nebraska's Book for 2014 — One of North Platte’s proudest moments will be featured throughout the state in 2014. Bob Greene’s “Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen” has been selected for the Nebraska 2014 One Book One Nebraska reading program. The program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, encourages people throughout the state to read and discuss one book about Nebraska each year. Read more...

OCTOBER 29, 2013 | Wahoo NewspaperCanteen Story is Nebraska's Book for 2014 — Bob Greene’s "Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen" has been selected for the Nebraska 2014 One Book One Nebraska reading program. The program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, encourages people throughout the state to read and discuss one book about Nebraska each year. "I am so excited that a book honoring our North Platte Canteen was chosen for the One Book One Nebraska," said Library Director Cecilia Lawrence. "It’s a really neat thing for the state to choose this particular book to be honored in this way. We continue to be amazed at the enduring power of the Canteen." Read more...

OCTOBER 28, 2013 | Nebraska City News-Press2014 One Book One Nebraska Announced Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene is Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. In this nonfiction story, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene goes out in search of "the best America there ever was," and finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today--a town where Greene discovers the echoes of a love story between a country and its sons. Read more...

OCTOBER 28, 2013 | Nebraska Library Commission2014 One Book One Nebraska Announced Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene is Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. In this nonfiction story, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene goes out in search of "the best America there ever was," and finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today--a town where Greene discovers the echoes of a love story between a country and its sons. Read more...

OCTOBER 14, 2013 | The Antiquarian LibrarianFinalists for 2014 One Book One Nebraska Announced — One nonfiction book and two novels--all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains--are the finalists for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are: Goodnight, Nebraska by Tom McNeal; Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene; Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Read more...

OCTOBER 9, 2013 | Rock County Public LibraryOne Book One Nebraska Selections — One nonfiction book and two novels—all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains—are the finalists for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are Goodnight, Nebraska by Tom McNeal, Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene and Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Read more...

OCTOBER 9, 2013 | North Platte Telegraph'Once Upon a Town' Among Book Finalists — A story with ties to North Platte is one of three finalists competing for the right to be featured in the 2014 One Book One Nebraska reading program. Read more...

OCTOBER 8, 2013 | Nebraska Library CommissionFinalists for 2014 One Book One Nebraska Announced — One nonfiction book and two novels-all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains-are the finalists for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are: Goodnight, Nebraska by Tom McNeal; Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene; Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Read more...

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Proclamation signing
Nebraska State Capitol
January 16, 2014

L to R: Chris Sommerich (Humanities Nebraska), Mary Ellen Ducey (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Governor Dave Heineman, Rosalie Lippincott (former North Platte Canteen volunteer), Rose Barcal (La Vista Public Library) and Rod Wagner (Nebraska Library Commission). Photo courtesy Humanities Nebraska

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