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Membership in NLHA is welcome to anyone interested in supporting Nebraska Authors!

If there’s a heart to the sprawling body of Nebraska Literature, it’s quietly beating in the Heritage Room. – Ted Kooser

The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association’s mission is to “encourage the collection, preservation, and promotion of work by and about Nebraska authors through support of the Lincoln City Libraries special collection, the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, and to foster the creation and appreciation of this literature through programs, collaborative partnerships, and the use of technology.”

Lincoln City Libraries staff began developing this special collection in 1949. It was moved to its present location on the third floor of Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1978 and was supported by city funding until 1981.

When city funding was eliminated, due to fiscal constraints, the Junior League of Lincoln formed the Nebraska Authors Project to provide continued support for the growing collection.
The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association (NLHA) grew out of this project.
NLHA was established in 1983 under the auspices of the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries.

NLHA provides financial and programming support for the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. The room currently houses more than 13,000 volumes representing more than 4,000 authors. Financial support comes from membership dues and from the Spelling Bee (begun in 1984). The Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries administers the Heritage Room Endowment Fund which contains funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant (1989) and funds deposited by NLHA. Money raised by NLHA helps maintain public access to the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors collection and supports NLHA programs.  NLHA membership news is published in
The Bookmark, the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries newsletter.

Programs sponsored by NLHA include the Writers Write workshop for 8th graders, the Lunch at the Library programs, and the Read to Me programs in elementary schools. All are designed to encourage an interest in reading and writing and to further knowledge and understanding of Nebraska authors.

Since 1988, NLHA has sponsored the Literary Heritage Award, currently presented at the annual Spelling Bee. This award recognizes a writer or a group that promotes excellence in writing and literature in Nebraska.

To see the entire NLHA History, click Here

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4/5/2017  –  Pat Leach – Library Director of Lincoln City Libraries, will present “Notable Books from The American Library Association“.
This popular annual program is a book lovers romp through some of the best books published in the past year.

Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee provided by The Mill!  Programs begin at 12:10pm in the 4th Floor Auditorium

Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street, Lincoln, NE.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, support group for the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

For more information, call 402.441.8516; email:


Join the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge

Open your mind to what Nebraska authors have to offer.  You will be amazed by the scope of literature and books produced by writers right here in Nebraska.


The John Ames Reading Series, begun in 1985, showcases Nebraska authors reading their own works. This series is  provided by Lincoln City Libraries and held in the the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 – Daniel Simon

Just in time for next year’s statehood commemorations, Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017, edited by Daniel Simon, will celebrate 150 years of the state’s rich literary history.  The book will have its official statewide launch at Lincoln’s downtown library on Sunday, April 2, as part of the John H. Ames Reading Series.  The program will including readings by State Poet Twyla Hansen and other poets featured in the anthology, plus remarks by editor Daniel Simon.  Books will be available for purchase and all royalties from the first edition will be donated to the Heritage Room Endowment Fund.

Recent programs are available on demand through 5 CITY-TV at  Program DVDs are available for check-out and inter-library loans.

For more information, call 402.441.8516; email:


The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association Presents
33rd Annual Adult Spelling Bee

Emceed by John Baylor
2017 Literary Heritage Award Presentation

Wednesday, April 26 | 6:00 PM

Award Presentation | 7:00 PM

Single Barrel | 10th & P Streets | Lincoln

Questions? Call (402) 441-8516 or email

Proceeds benefit the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.

This unique resource is located at Bennett Martin Public Library.


Photo: Far Right, 2016 SPELLING BEE WINNER  –  Tom McGowan  – Winning Word: cachou

and  Far Left, 2016 2nd Place Winner – Jim Johnson

*Past History Winners*