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 exists 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.

Due to fiscal constraints, city funding was no longer available after that year. With city funding eliminated, 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. A newsletter for the membership, now News from the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, was started in 1984.

NLHA provides financial and programming support for the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. The room currently houses more than 13,5000 volumes representing more than 3,350 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.

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 annul Spelling Bee. This award recognizes a writer or a groupl that promotes excellence in writing and literature in Nebraska.

Membership in NLHA is open to anyone interested in supporting Nebraska authors.
Click here to join us!


Lunch at the Library

Started in 1996, this NLHA program series begins at 12:10 p.m., in the 4th floor auditorium of  Bennett Martin Public Library,

136 S. 14th Street, on the first Wednesday of February, March, April, October, November, and December.

Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee provided by The Mill – Dan and Tamara Sloan.

For more information:   Call – 402-441-8516 or email –


John Ames Reading Series

The John Ames Reading series showcases Nebraska Nebraska authors reading their own works. This series has been provided by the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors since 1985.

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

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown!

Thanks to Nebraska Literary Heritage Association Board Member, Vicki Clarke, this is the 4th year that the
Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors and the Polley Music Library have participated in Lincoln’s
“Be a Tourist program.” Please visit both at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street, Lincoln:

The Heritage Room, 3rd floor
Sundays, 2 – 5 pm and Tuesdays – Fridays, 12 – 3 pm

The Polley Music Library, 2nd floor,
Sundays, 12 – 6 pm and Mondays – Saturdays, 10 am – 6pm

Pick up your passports, get your stickers, and have fun being tourists in your own hometown!

Visit and click on the “Be a Tourist” link for more details about the program.
Completed passports must be turned in to the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau by August 29, 2014.