NLHA

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. 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 group 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!

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Lunch at the Library

Lunch at the Library

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:  heritage@lincolnlibraries.org

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

 Jamison Wyatt, Historian:

“The Tall White Tower: Mari’s Beacon of Light”

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One Book – One Lincoln – Bonus!

Library Staff leads a discussion of One Book – One Lincoln title, M. L. Stedman’s

            The Light between Oceans: A Novel

 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Laura Madeline Wiseman, Author:

“Delightful Duos: Collaborating with Artists to Create Books, Broadsides, Digital Media, and More”

 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

        Vicki Wood, Youth Services Librarian, Lincoln City Libraries:  “Great Books for Giving”

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John Ames Reading Series

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

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