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December 18, 2016 Lincoln Journal StarTraveling Nebraska On March 1, 2017, Nebraska will be celebrating its 150th birthday. This is the perfect year to traverse the state, as many celebrations will be happening all year. Beyond the opportunities in Lincoln and Omaha, other destinations across the state are worth visiting... Read more...

December 13, 2016 Schuyler SunYour Library by Michael Rea As a librarian I am often asked what book I am reading. More often than not, I am reading books about life in the contemporary American West by authors such as Craig Johnson (the Longmire books) or C. J. Box (the Joe Pickett novels). My attraction for these authors and their books is no mystery to me. I have always been fascinated by the wide-open spaces of the West and the people who live there... Read more...

December 10, 2016 OverDriveBlack Elk Speaks Available on OverDrive Title details for Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt - Available. Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time... Read more...

November 1, 2016 The Ashland GazetteLibrary directors pick top books for Christmas The snow is falling and it is the season to curl up with a good book. It is also the season to purchase books as treasured Christmas presents. Two local library directors offer their top 12 books to read or give as gifts this holiday season... Read more...

November 1, 2016 The Nebraska Library CommissionBlack Elk Speaks Chosen as 2017 One Book One Nebraska Wouldn’t it be great if people across Nebraska read an inspirational, redemptive story in 2017—and then talk about it with their friends and neighbors? That is exactly what will be happening throughout the state, with Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) selected as the 2017 One Book One Nebraska... Read more...

October 1, 2013 Lincoln Journal StarNU Press to again publish Black Elk Speaks The University of Nebraska Press will once again publish a literary classic written by Nebraska’s first poet laureate, the university announced Tuesday. Written by John G. Neihardt, “Black Elk Speaks” remains the NU Press’ bestselling book, having sold nearly 900,000 copies from 1961 to 2008... Read more...

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October 21, 2017 Nebraska Center for the BookCelebration of Nebraska Books, Lincoln, NE. 2:30 p.m. Nebraska History Museum. The celebration, free and open to the public, features presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and Jane Geske Award, One Book One Nebraska 2017 presentation, and 2018 OBON announcement.

September 28, 2017 Humanities NebraskaBook Circle: "Black Elk Speaks" - Chapter 19, Tilden, NE. 5:00 p.m. Raymond A. Whitwer Public Library. Timothy G. Anderson is a 2017 OBON presenter. John G. Neihardt and Nicholas Black Elk hit it off the first time they met. In a sense, both men had long been preparing for this meeting. Black Elk knew white storytellers from traveling with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and Neihardt had spent years interviewing elderly Omaha tribal members near Bancroft, Nebraska. This allowed them to forge a bond that produced a 20th Century religious classic.

September 17, 2017 John G. Nehardt State Historic SiteBook Circle: "Black Elk Speaks" - Chapter 19, Bancroft, NE. 2:00 p.m. John G. Neihardt State Historic Site. Join us this Sunday at the Museum for a selected reading of Black Elk Speaks followed by discussion and refreshments. unday at the Museum is a weekly program commemorating Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks as One Book One Nebraska 2017.

July 15, 2017 Nebraska Center for the BookTim Anderson, The ‘Soul-Change’ of John Neihardt, Lincoln, NE, 4:30 p.m., Union Plaza. Nebraska Book Festival featured author Tim Anderson will be giving a talk on his most recent work, Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt. Following his presentation, he will be signing copies of his book in the Hub Cafe.

June 17, 2017 Humanities NebraskaThe Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk, Niobrara, NE, 6:00 p.m., Niobrara State Park, 89261 522nd Ave. Explore with Nancy Gillis the legacy of a unique personal and spiritual friendship between the Lakota holy man Black Elk and poet John G. Neihardt. It includes brief biographies of each man, their meetings, and its impact on adding to the knowledge of Lakota culture, Native American philosophies, and the possibilities of cross-cultural recognition and respect.

June 6, 2017 Humanities Nebraska Walking With a Dream: John Neihardt's Preparation for Black Elk Speaks, Grand Island, NE, 5:30 p.m., Grand Island Public Library, 211 North Washington St. Timothy G. Anderson will discuss how John G. Neihardt and Nicholas Black Elk hit it off the first time they met and forged a bond that produced a 20th Century religious classic.

April 29, 2017 John G. Neihardt Foundation36th Neihardt Spring Conference, Bancroft, NE. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Neihardt State Historic Site. The 36th annual Neihardt Spring Conference, Lakota Lives: Discovery Through Biography will explore the lives and legacy of notable Lakota people, especially as preserved through biography with featured presentations by authors and educators Tim Anderson, Delphine Red Shirt, Chuck Trimble and Jerome Kills Small. The event will also include the presentation of the Neihardt Foundation “Wall of Fame” award to Jon Bailey of Bancroft, Nebraska.

April 27, 2017 Humanities Nebraska The Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk, Beatrice, NE, 7:00 p.m., Beatrice Public Library, 100 No. 16th St. Explore with Nancy Gillis the legacy of a unique personal and spiritual friendship between the Lakota holy man Black Elk and poet John G. Neihardt. It includes brief biographies of each man, their meetings, and its impact on adding to the knowledge of Lakota culture, Native American philosophies, and the possibilities of cross-cultural recognition and respect.

April 13, 2017 Humanities NebraskaJohn & Mona Neihardt, Hartington, NE. 6:30 p.m. Hartington Public Library, 106 South Broadway. Presented by Brad Kellogg & Raija Weiershauser. Sit down with John & Mona Neihardt, as he writes at his typewriter and she works on a sculpture. Listen in as they reminisce about their lives together, including their long distance courtship as Mona studied under Rodin in Paris and John’s travels to South Dakota to meet Black Elk.

April 2, 2017 Humanities NebraskaChildren's Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories, Norfolk, NE. 3:00 p.m. Northeast ocmmunity College, 801 E. Benjamin Ave. Presented my Jerome Kills Small, he tells children’s stories and animal stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. Among the types of stories covered are iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends). When speaking to adult audiences, Kills Small also analyzes the Native American storytelling tradition.

April 2, 2017 Humanities NebraskaJohn & Mona Neihardt, Norfolk, NE. 1:00 p.m. Northeast Community College, 801 E. Benjamin Ave. Presented by authors Brad Kellogg and Raija Weiershauser. Sit down with John and Mona Neihardt, as he writes at his typewriter and she works on a sculpture. Listen in as they reminisce about their lives together, including their long distance courtship as Mona studied under Rodin in Paris and John’s travels to South Dakota to meet Black Elk.

April 1, 2017 Francie & Finch BookshopAuthor Signing - Tim Anderson, Lincoln, NE. 2:00 p.m. Francie & Finch Bookshop, 130 S. 13th St. Tim Anderson met John Neihardt in 1972 when Neihardt was autographing copies of his memoir All Is But a Beginning. More than 20 years later, after re-reading Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks, Anderson was left with so many questions about the book and the author that he began researching Neihardt’s life. Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt, published in August 2016 by University of Nebraska Press, represents the answers that he found.

April 1, 2017 Humanities NebraskaJohn & Mona Neihardt, Columbus, NE. 2:00 p.m. Columbus Public Library, 2504 14th St. Presented by authors Brad Kellogg and Raija Weiershauser. Sit down with John and Mona Neihardt, as he writes at his typewriter and she works on a sculpture. Listen in as they reminisce about their lives together, including their long distance courtship as Mona studied under Rodin in Paris and John’s travels to South Dakota to meet Black Elk.

March 29, 2017 Humanities NebraskaJohn & Mona Neihardt, Wayne, NE. 3:30 p.m. Wayne State College, Connell Hall Room 131. Presented by authors Brad Kellogg and Raija Weiershauser. Sit down with John and Mona Neihardt, as he writes at his typewriter and she works on a sculpture. Listen in as they reminisce about their lives together, including their long distance courtship as Mona studied under Rodin in Paris and John’s travels to South Dakota to meet Black Elk.

March 17, 2017 Humanities NebraskaChildren's Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories, Omaha, NE. 9:00 a.m. Walt Disney Elementary School, 5717 S. 112th St. Presented my Jerome Kills Small, he tells children’s stories and animal stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. Among the types of stories covered are iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends). When speaking to adult audiences, Kills Small also analyzes the Native American storytelling tradition.

March 16, 2017 Humanities NebraskaLonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt, Neligh, NE. 7:00 p.m. Neligh Public Library, 710 Main St. This program, which draws on Anderson’s 2016 biography of John G. Neihardt, examines the life of Nebraska’s poet laureate. Beginning with his birth in 1881 and highlighting the 30 years he lived in Nebraska, Neihardt’s life story covers the triumphs and disappointments he experienced in a publishing career of more than 70 years and the personal life that he enjoyed with his wife and four children.

March 15, 2017 Humanities NebraskaStorytelling of the Dakota, Omaha, NE. 6:50 p.m. St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 17007 Q St. Presented by Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey, a retired college professor who taught Lakota Studies for Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota as well as English and Writing. This presentation demonstrates the historic societal structure of the Dakota people through the medium of storytelling. The adventures of the first set of twins born in the world will give a glimpse of the family structure, food gathering and beliefs of their tribal people.

March 13, 2017 Kearney Public LibraryThe Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk, Kearney, NE. 7:00 p.m. 2017 One Book One Nebraska connection. Presented by Nancy Gillis, the former Executive Director of the John Neihardt State Historic Site and the Neihardt Foundation’s Institute for Vision and Learning. This presentation explores the remarkable legacy of a unique personal and spiritual friendship begun in 1931 between the Lakota holy man Black Elk and poet John G. Neihardt. It includes brief biographies of each man, their meetings, and its impact on adding to the knowledge of Lakota culture, Native American philosophies, and the possibilities of cross-cultural recognition and respect.

March 12, 2017 John G. Neihardt State Historic SiteSunday at the Museum with Paul L. Hedren, Bancroft, NE. 2:00 p.m. John G. Neihardt State Historic Site. Join us for Sunday at the Museum as historian Paul Hedren presents A Terrible Battle in a Terrible Indian War. Hedren will present information from his latest book, Powder River: Disastrous Opening of the Great Sioux War with book signing to follow the event. Sunday at the Museum is a weekly program celebrating Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks as 2017 One Book One Nebraska. Museum admission and Sunday programs are free and open to the public.

February 20, 2017 John G. Neihardt State Historic SiteA Conversation With Dick Cavett featuring Ron Hull, Wayne, NE. 6:30 p.m. Wayne State College, 1111 Main St. The Black and Gold Performing Arts Series at Wayne State College and John G. Neihardt Foundation present in the Ramsey Theatre. Hull and Cavett will also appear for a booksigning following the program with DVD's and books available for purchase at the event. Ticket admission for the event is $10 for the general public and free to Wayne State College students.

February 19, 2017 John G. Neihardt State Historic SiteSunday at the Museum with the Dick Cavett Interview, Bancroft, NE. 2:00 p.m. The John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, 306 W Elm St. We will be screening Neihardt's 1971 interview on "The Dick Cavett Show" at the museum with refreshments.

February 3, 2017 Humanities NebraskaThe Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk, Lincoln, NE. 6:15 p.m. Autumn Wood Community Center. Presented by Nancy Gillis. This presentation explores the remarkable legacy of a unique personal and spiritual friendship begun in 1931 between the Lakota holy man Black Elk and poet John G. Neihardt.

February 2, 2017 Humanities NebraskaThe Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk, North Platte, NE. 12:00 noon. North Platte Public Library. Presented by Nancy Gillis. This presentation explores the remarkable legacy of a unique personal and spiritual friendship begun in 1931 between the Lakota holy man Black Elk and poet John G. Neihardt.

January 9, 2017 Nebraska Library Commission2017 One Book One Nebraska Proclamation Ceremony, Lincoln, NE. 10:30 a.m. Warner Chamber, State Capitol. Gov. Pete Ricketts will be signing the Proclamation naming the 2017 One Book One Nebraska selection as Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt.

December 11, 2016 Neihardt FoundationSunday at the Museum with Author Tim Anderson, Bancroft, NE. 2:00-3:30 p.m. John G. Neihardt State Historic Site. Neihardt Foundation Board Member and author Timothy Anderson will discuss his writing process and read selections from his book, Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt, recently published by the University of Nebraska Press.

October 29, 2016 Nebraska Center for the Book A Celebration of Nebraska Books Lincoln, NE. 2:00 p.m. Nebraska History Museum. The celebration, free and open to the public, will feature presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and Jane Geske Award. The 2016 One Book One Nebraska book selection, The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker will be featured, with a presentation by Shoemaker. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signings, and an announcement of the 2017 One Book One Nebraska book choice concludes the festivities.

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Nebraska Library Commission
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