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.
LUNCH AT THE LIBRARIES
10/5/2016 John Fulwider – Better Together
12/7/2016 – Vicky Wood – Youth Services Coordinator at Lincoln City Libraries, will present “Good Books for Sharing.”
This popular annual review of books highlights titles that make great gifts for all ages.
3/1/2017 Christine Starr Davis – Skin, Bone, Feather
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
JOHN AMES READING SERIES
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.
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.
For more information, call 402.441.8516; email: email@example.com
32nd Annual Spelling Bee
THE JANE POPE GESKE HERITAGE ROOM OF NEBRASKA AUTHORS
As far back as 1949, the Reference Department of Lincoln City Libraries realized the importance of gathering information specific to Nebraska authors, and what began as a single shelf of books has grown into a room-sized collection — the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.
The Heritage Room preserves and promotes works by and about Nebraska authors, past and present, with the goal of housing them in one location.
The Heritage Room contains much more than books — information files, photographs, audio and videocassettes, compact discs, artwork, and other memorabilia reflecting Nebraska’s rich literary tradition are also available.
Its namesake, Jane Pope Geske (1919-1999), was a founding member of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. She tirelessly worked to bring people and books together.
2016 SPELLING BEE COMMITTEE
Marcia Dority Baker, Marty Eischeid, Molly Fisher, Janet Hyde, Jenni Jex (chair), Wendy Johnson, Donna Marvin, Meredith McGowan, Nancy Swetland, and Bonnie Williams.
SPELLING BEE CONTESTANTS
Name – Sponsor(s)
1. Jim Seiler – Gail McNair & Seiler Bros.
2. Janeen Ward – Self & Johnson Siblings
3. Joy Shiffermiller – Self & Johnson Siblings
4. Aimee Allard – UNL English Department
5. Wally Seiler – Self & Seiler Bros.
6. Jerry Seiler – Self & Seiler Bros.
7. Tom McGowan – Meredith McGowan
8. Jim Johnson – Self & Johnson Siblings
9. Stuart Stofferahn – Wendy Johnson
10. Brian Mason – Wendy Johnson
11. Kathryn Brockmeier – Molly Fisher
12. Greg Brockmeier – Kathryn Brockmeier
13. Nate Taylor – Nancy Swetland
14. Jeff Hines – Self
15. Richard Miller – Self
16. Tracy Tibbels – Pat Leach
17. Kolette Satterfield – LCL Staff Association
18. Allan Eurek – Self
19. Scout Richters – Judy Garlock
20. Larry Day – Day Clan
21. Kyle Fischer – Marty Eischeid
22. JD Flynn – Self
23. Jeff Johnson – Self
SPELLING BEE WINNERS
Year – Winning Contestant – Winning Word
2016 – Tom McGowan – cachou
2015 – Larry Day & Aimee Allard (tie) –
2014 – Larry Day – duopsony
2013 – Priscilla Handy – wattage
2012 – Brad Bossung – trichinosis
2009 – Larry Day – chlorella
2008 – Julia Doerr – isinglass
2007 – Michael Cartwright – (unkown)
2006 – Brent Mehling – anodyne
2005 – Larry Day – zebu
2004 – Brian Bornstein – adamantine
2003 – Rod Confer – oubliette
2002 – Brian Bornstein – pellucid
2001 – (not held)
2000 – Tex Richters – picayune
1999 – George Day – helical
1998 – Donald McGinley – chicanery
1997 – Kathryn Bellman – eiderdown
1996 – Larry Day – bifurcate
1995 – Francois Neville – imbrication
1994 – Bill Regier – cacophonous
1993 – Judy Sing – hegemony
1992 – Maureen Hutfless – samite
1991 – Bob Gibson – brougham
1990 – Anny Gillis – antependium
1989 – Vaughn Border – monstrous
1988 – Mary White – ossification
1987 – Donald McGinley – arcanum
1986 – Deb Pearson – pyorrhea
1985 – Kathleen Rutledge – balalaika
1984 – Sydney Lynch – parallelepiped
THANKS SO MUCH!
(They deserve a really big pat on the back!)
John Baylor -Twelve Time Event Emcee Scott Stewart – Bee-terfly Artist
Rod Wagner & Nebraska Library Commission Pat Leach & Lincoln City Libraries
Gail McNair & Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries Barbara Hansen
Kathy Jeune Erin Willis Chocolatier Blue -4101 Pioneer Woods Dr, Lincoln
Korn Popper – 1417 N St, Lincoln Le Cupcake – 5563 S 48th St, Lincoln
Le Quartier – 6900 O St Ste 132, Lincoln Licorice International – 803 Q St Ste 300, Lincoln
Lincoln Olive Oil Shop – 201 N 7th St Ste 108, Lincoln Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso – 1624 South St, Lincoln
Nothing Bundt Cakes – 4107 Pioneer Woods Dr Ste 102, Lincoln
Single Barrel Chop House & Whiskey Bar – 130 N 10th St, Lincoln
(SPELLING) BEE KEEPERS
Spelling Bee Emcee: John Baylor
Spelling Bee Judges:
Marcia Dority Baker – NLHA Barbara Jacobson – FLCL
Layne Pierce – LCL
SILENT AUCTION DONORS
Betty Bogus – Embroidered Bee Tea Towels Butterfly Bakery – One Dozen Cupcakes
Jane Cech – Bumble Bee Door Decor Lacey Losh – Signed Copy of Libraries Around the World
Jon Nelson – Poets Like Oysters, Last Poems by Barbara Gibbs
Bob Ripley & Stacy James – $100 Gift Certificate to Capitol Gift Shop
Karen Shoemaker – Signed Copy of The Meaning of Names Scott Stewart – Hand Colored Bee-terfly Print
RK Vetter – Signed Copy of Sharley’s Lessons Andrew Willis – Mangiamiele Gift Set
Thanks to their generous contributions and donations, this year’s spelling bee has been brought to you by…
A – Attorneys at Cline Williams, L.L.P. 233 S 13th St, Lincoln, (402) 474-6900
B – Brody, Bailey, Barrett, & Brady Jex
C – Chiropractor Matthew Horak, D.C. 1640 Normandy Ct Ste B, Lincoln, (402) 904-7179
D – Dentist Craig Vacek, D.D.S. 343 N Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, (402) 466-1914
E – Elivette & Elyse Wagner
F – Footloose & Fancy | Threads 4131 Pioneer Woods Dr, Lincoln, (402) 488-6119 1219 P St, Lincoln, (402) 476-6119
G – Gail’s Grandsons | Gail McNair
H – Husker Hives | Nate Lueders, Owner
I – Irresistible! Simply Amaizen Popcorn & Snacks 4451 N 26th St Ste 950, Lincoln, (402) 904-5263
J – John Baylor Prep (402) 475-PREP, johnbaylorprep.com
K – Klaus & Gisela Hartmann
L – Learning, Literacy, & Literature Lady Leach, Library Lover
M – Madeleine Hollis Tom & Meredith McGowan’s New Granddaughter
N – NAQS Environmental Experts 301 S 9th St Ste 200, Lincoln, (402) 310-5321
O – omt! divine women’s resale 1725 Van Dorn St, Lincoln, (402) 423-2066
P – Press Box Sports Bar & Grille 5601 S 56th St, Lincoln, (402) 261-3859
Q – Queen Bee Molly Fisher
R – Rod & Diane Wagner
S – Scott Stewart The Bee-terfly Artist
T – Tico’s Foods of Mexico 317 S 17th St, Lincoln, (402) 475-1048
U – Utahans Kent & Terri Jex
V – Veterinarian Judy Mulder, D.V.M. 1715 Van Dorn Ste B, Lincoln, (402) 423-5550
W – Willis Family – Andrew, Erin, & Kids
X – Rex & Joy Walton
Y – Yarn Shop 5221 S 48th St Ste 6, Lincoln, (402)489-9550 (Courtesy of Dan & Donna Marvin)
Z – amaZing, anonymous donor!