The Durham Museum

Rock and Roll Behind the Lens presented by Janet Macoska*

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 5PM Reception; 6:30PM Presentation
Musicians are not the only women who rock. Janet Macoska’s instrument of expression is the camera. She has been photographing rock and roll professionally since 1974. Her first published photo was a shot of Sonny and Cher at Cleveland radio station WKYC. Teen Screen Magazine published the shot in 1967. Janet was then 13 years old and got paid $2.00 for her efforts.

In her multimedia presentation, Macoska tells how rock and roll changed her life and brought her to her path and career. She will recount the challenges faced as a woman in rock and roll, and how she has taken on the challenges and succeeded in what was, and still is, predominately a male-dominated business. Her passion for photography is fueled by her passion for rock and roll music. In her presentation, you will see how many of her rock images are the visuals that accompany the soundtrack of your life.

Macoska’s imagery has appeared on recordings by David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, AC/DC, Heart, DEVO, The Clash and many more. Her photographs are in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian Museum of American History, The National Portrait Gallery in London and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. She is currently the house photographer for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Rock n’ Roll Night School, Women Who Rock: Exploration and Exhibition presented by Jason Hanley, Director of Education, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame *
Tuesday, March 26, 2013,
5PM Reception; 6:30PM Presentation
Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power is the
first exhibit of its kind to explore the history of women in rock and roll. Presented by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum educators Dr. Jason Hanley and Dr. Kathryn Metz, this Rock and Roll Night School program will provide an overview of the exhibit and introduce key issues concerning the history of women in rock and roll. What roles have women played in the music industry, and how have these roles changed throughout the history of rock and roll? How have women artists pushed the boundaries of what was considered an “acceptable” musical sound in their performances? How do the lyrics of rock and roll frequently objectify women, or conversely allow for a space to exercise a new voice and political action? How do women choose to visually represent themselves through fashion and image? And finally, how does the way that rock and roll history is typically told shape our understanding of women’s contributions throughout the twentieth century? We will watch and listen to key performances songs during the program.

Jason Hanley is the Director of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum where he manages the educational programming, conducts public programming, and teaches students of all ages. Hanley holds a Ph.D. in Musicology with a sub-emphasis in Composition from Stony Brook University, where he completed his dissertation entitled “Metal Machine Music: Technology, Noise, and Modernism in Industrial Music 1975-1996.” He has taught courses in music history, electronic music, and popular music studies at Hofstra University, Stony Brook University (including the Stony Brook Pre-College Program and the Humanities Institute), Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University. He has published articles in books and journals on the topics of popular music, film music and music technology, and has delivered papers at meetings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Society for Ethnomusicology, American Musicological Society, Americana Music Association, Feminist Theory and Music and numerous other conferences. Active in the music industry since 1988, Jason has played on, composed for, and produced numerous recordings and has performed live with many bands. He continues to record with his current musical project Radiophonic (on Intentcity Records). In 2009 he was a guest editor for a special issue on pedagogy for the Journal of Popular Music Studies where he currently serves as an editorial board member.

Kathryn Metz is the Education Instructor at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum where she teaches K-12 students on-site and through videoconferencing, coordinates public programs and adult programming. Kathryn holds her M.M. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the The University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation is entitled “Music from Amazonia: Roots, Cosmopolitanism, and Regional Expression in Iquitos, Peru.” Her research has focused on Latin American popular musics, bluegrass, cosmopolitanism, indie rock and women in punk rock. Kathryn was a Teaching Assistant for the History of Rock at UT for several years, where she also directed the Brazilian Popular Music Ensemble. She is a trained flutist, has performed in bossa nova and Afro-pop groups in Austin, Texas and currently performs with the Trepanning Trio in Cleveland. Kathryn has guest lectured at The University of Texas at Austin, the Universidad Particular de Iquitos in Peru, Tulane University, University of Pittsburg, John Carroll University, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is an active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. She has a chapter in a book on cumbia forthcoming from Duke University Press (Spring 2013). Kathryn was honored to be the 2011 commencement speaker for the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Music at her undergraduate alma mater, Bowling Green State University.

Cornfields, Catfights, and Cantankerous Old Coots presented by Peggy Adair and The League of Women Voters*
Tuesday, April 2, 6:30PM and Sunday, April 21, 2PM
The story of Nebraska’s fight for Women’s suffrage was at times very scandalous and heated. Join Peggy Adair and members of the League of Women Voters for an entertaining discussion sharing many humorous and light-hearted moments in the struggle for women to gain the right to vote.

The Durham Museum’s 2013 Civil War Lecture Series
In the year of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg fought July 1 -3, 1863, The Durham Museum is pleased to host a series of lectures focusing on some of the most significant events of the Civil War during 1863.

The Path to Gettysburg presented by Dr. Mark R. Scherer, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Nebraska-Omaha*
Saturday, April 20 at 11AM and Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30PM
Dr. Scherer’s lecture will focus on the events of early 1863 that culminated in the watershed battle of the war at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The presentation will include discussion of the initial effects of the Emancipation Proclamation that went into effect on January 1, and the political, cultural, diplomatic, and military dynamics that led to the epic clash at Gettysburg. He will conclude with a brief examination of the battle itself and its lasting significance in American history.

The American Civil War: A Look Back 150 Years Ago*
Join noted scholar Spencer Davis in a four-part discussion as he examines the battles, personalities and curiosities of the American Civil War. Recognizing the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States, each discussion in this four-part series focuses on certain months, dissecting how momentum shifted from Southern dominance to Northern control in just one year, 1862. Learn about the struggles facing newly elected president, Abraham Lincoln, the North’s stance on slavery, the South’s determination to remain an independent entity, and how these factors and many others came together in what became known as the American Civil War.

Saturday, April 14 @ 11am and Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30pm
“Into the Unknown: January-April, 1862”

From Lincoln’s General Order Number One to Farragut taking New Orleans, the early part of 1862 was a test for North and South as both sides realized there was not going to be a quick end to the conflict. Even though Ulysses S. Grant earns his nickname “Unconditional Surrender” on the western theater with victories at Fort Henry and Donelson, the South shows their military leadership cannot be challenged by the Union. As President Lincoln struggles to find competent generals, he also must deal with personal tragedy in the death of his son.

Saturday, July 7 @ 11am and Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30pm
“Union Forces Target Richmond, Virginia: May-July 1862”

During these three short months, President Lincoln forced Union General George McClellan to move on Richmond, Virginia, with more than 100,000 soldiers under his command. Understand how this “Peninsular Campaign,” as it became known, pitted slow-moving General McClellan against an equally slow-moving Confederate General Joseph Johnston. Not until the aggressive Confederate General Robert E. Lee took over command did the tide turn against the Union in a humiliating defeat in the Seven Days Battle.

Saturday, September 15 @ 11am and Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30pm
“A First ‘Turning Point’: August-September, 1862”

The gigantic clash between General Robert E. Lee and General McClellan leads to the bloodiest battle in American History, the Battle of Antietam. What led up to this battle, who are the people behind the uniforms, and what tactics did both sides use? The answers to these questions, along with how President Lincoln was able to release the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, will be discussed during this session.

Saturday, December 8 @ 11am and Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30pm
“Where To Go From Here?: October-December 1862”

Learn why President Lincoln told General McClellan, “If you don’t want to use the army, I should like to borrow it for a while.” Following the Battle at Antietam and the first issue of the Proclamation, Lincoln wanted to move quickly to solidify the Union’s victory at Antietam. McClellan had other ideas that forced Lincoln to find a new general to lead his forces. A costly defeat at Fredericksburg put the Union Army in a tough spot. How will Lincoln shift the ultimate goal of the War Between the States from reuniting the North and South to a fight to free all slaves?

Answering the Call
Presented by Dan Sullivan
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, 5PM Reception; 6:30PM Program
Join us for a special program with Dan Sullivan as he explores the roles Nebraskans and western Iowans played in World War II. This area provided unique assistance to the war effort through aircraft and munitions manufacturing, pilot training, and housing of enemy prisoners. In addition, The Omaha World-Herald initiated a scrap metal drive that was used as the model nationwide during a time when the nation suffered from a serious shortage of materials needed for armaments.

Dan Sullivan is the editor for World-Herald books, including At War, At Home: World War II, a look at the commitment and sacrifice of Nebraskans and western Iowans who helped the nation defeat the Axis powers. He has been with the newspaper for more than 35 years with roles in news, sports, and business. He is currently working on the next book in the At War, At Home series that will focus on the Cold War years, including Korea, Vietnam, and the Strategic Air Command. The At War, At Home series will be available in The Durham’s Museum Shop.

Ho! For the Black Hills
Presented by Paul Hedren
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30PM
Join us for a special presentation with historian Paul L. Hedren who has recently published a remarkable collection of letters from Captain Jack Crawford to the Omaha Daily Bee recounting his experiences in the Black Hills gold rush in 1875 and 1876. Crawford, a colorful character in the mold of Buffalo Bill Cody, was a correspondent for the Bee and in some forty letters says much about placer gold, Custer City, the Black Hills Rangers, Deadwood, General George Crook, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Al Swearingen, Ned Wynkoop, and Buffalo Bill himself. Crawford went on to join Crook’s Sioux Indian campaign in mid-summer 1876 and tells Bee readers of those adventures, too. Here is Wild West history at its rip-roaring finest, with the Daily Bee, its editor Edward Rosewater, and the City of Omaha central to his story, in letters virtually unseen for more than a century.

Paul Hedren, a retired National Park Service superintendent, is a lifelong student of the 19th century regular army and the Indian wars of the northern plains, and an award-winning author of ten books, including First Scalp for Custer, After Custer: Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country, and this latest, Ho! For the Black Hills: Captain Jack Crawford Reports the Black Hills Gold Rush and Great Sioux War, published by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press.

How the Brain Works

Presented by Dr. Pierre Fayad
Did you know that the human brain has more than one billion cells? Have you ever wondered what parts of the brain perform certain functions and what you could do to improve them? Join us for an enlightening evening with Dr. Pierre Fayad from UNMC as he explores “How the Brain Works” and gives us advice on how to get the most out of each cell! Dr. Pierre Fayad is the Reynolds Centennial Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

A Holocaust Survival Story*

Presented by Robbie Waisman
In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, The Durham Museum is partnering with the Jewish Federation and the Institute for Holocaust Education for a special presentation. Mr. Robbie Waisman
will share his remarkable story of Holocaust survival and rehabilitation after the war. A native of Skarzysko, Poland, Waisman managed to survive the Holocaust in various concentration camps as a slave laborer in ammunition factories. The American Army liberated him from Buchenwald on April 11, 1945.

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Frederick Douglass’ Impact on President Abraham Lincoln

Scholars in Residence Program Frederick Douglass played a significant role in the public perception and policy execution of the American Civil War. In The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, his third autobiography, Douglass states: “From the first, I, for one, saw in this war the end of slavery, and truth requires me to say that my interest in the success of the North was largely due to this belief.” President Abraham Lincoln, on the other hand, said that the purpose of the war was to save the Union, rather than to free the slaves. Thus, Douglass’ central problem was to convince the moderate republican president that unless slavery was abolished, there would be no Union. Join Charles Everett Pace as he explores Frederick Douglass’ life as abolitionist, journalist, military recruiter, and presidential advisor.

Sponsored by Carol Gendler, the John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Foundation, the Sunny Durham Family Foundation, the Mammel Foundation, the Lincoln Financial Foundation, Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, and the Nebraska Humanities Council. Additional support is provided by the A. Cydog Charitable Trust.

Dr. William S. Worley as President Harry Truman
Join us as we welcome historical impersonator Dr. William S. Worley as President Harry Truman. The story of Harry S. Truman is both well-known and mysterious. His willingness to make difficult decisions during and after World War II have brought him to historic consideration as one of America’s top ten presidents. Learn how he gained the nomination for vice-president [which he did not seek] in 1944 that led to his becoming president when Roosevelt died in April 1945. There is much more to the man than a quick stride and a jaunty hat.

Historical consultant, teacher, and author Dr. William S. Worley holds a Ph.D. in History and an M. Phil. in History from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and a B.A. in English from Kansas State University.

Dr. William S. Worley as President Harry Truman
Join us as we welcome historical impersonator Dr. William S. Worley as President Harry Truman. The story of Harry S. Truman is both well-known and mysterious. His willingness to make difficult decisions during and after World War II have brought him to historic consideration as one of America’s top ten presidents.

The VORTEX2 Nomadic Field Study*
Presented by Dr. Adam Houston
VORTEX2 is by far the largest and most ambitious effort ever made to understand tornadoes. Over 100 scientists and more than 40 science and support vehicles are participating in this unique, fully nomadic, field program. Meet Dr. Adam Houston and learn about the latest findings from this international research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Adam Houston joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences in 2006. Dr. Houston received his Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. in meteorology from Texas A&M University. Dr. Houston's research focus is on cloud-scale and mesoscale phenomena; specifically those related to severe local storms.

We Lived It! Presented by Christopher Amundson and Mike Whye
Join the editor of Nebraska Life magazine, Christopher Amundson and writer Mike Whye, to explore first-hand experiences of the 1975 Tornado and the Blizzard of 1948-49! Nebraska Life magazine collaborated with The Durham to collect stories from people who lived through these natural disasters and Amundson and Whye will share their findings. Volunteers from the American Red Cross who participated as first responders to these storms will also be on hand to talk about their role and what they observed. If you witnessed these historic storms, we encourage you to take part in the lively discussion too! 

Weather’s Greatest Mysteries Solved!
Presented Dr. Randy Cerveny
How did climate almost completely destroy humanity 73,000 years ago?  How does weather influence something as horrible as global cocaine production?  What kinds of weather are we just now discovering?  These are a few of the strange and freakish weather events that Randy Cerveny will discuss in his presentation based on his newest book, Weather's Greatest Mysteries Solved!  The enlightening presentation will cover an incredible range of weather and climate stretching from the catastrophic weather that brought an end to the dinosaurs to a strange project involving the weather of the next 10,000 years and beyond. Randall Cerveny is a professor of geographical sciences at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 1986. He serves as Rapporteur on Extreme Records for the United Nations/World Meteorological Organization, and in this connection is responsible for researching and verifying global weather records.

NASA Distance Learning Program

John F. Kennedy Space Center has launched all U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions. Preparing a vehicle to lift off into space requires a special location, massive facilities, unique equipment and tools, and a world-class workforce. It has also been a destination for visitors from around the world. Now you can journey to Kennedy Space Port for a highly interactive two way visit from a front row seat in the Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Lecture Hall. You will have the opportunity not only to see the facility, but to talk to an expert tour guide and ask questions about the space port and why there are alligators in the parking lot.

Youth Town Hall with the Greensboro Civil Rights Pioneers: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Woolworth Lunch Counter Student Sit-In

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (NMAH) is offering an opportunity for your students to experience living history via this special Webcast. The three surviving members of the Greensboro Four, Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair, Jr.), Franklin McCain, and Joseph McNeil will participate in an oral history about their bold action that ignited student involvement in the Civil Rights Movement when they staged a sit-in at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960. The four men were only freshmen at North Carolina A&T University when they began the movement that would lead to the desegregation of that particular lunch counter and sparked a student movement that spread across the nation. This is an opportunity for students around the same age as the Greensboro Four at the time of their protest to learn about student activism and civic engagement first-hand.
This special youth town hall will feature an oral history conducted by Christopher W. Wilson, Director of the Program in African American Culture at the National Museum of American History, along with a question and answer session.  It will also include excerpts from the Museum's Historic Theatre programs Sing for Freedom and the award-winning Join the Student Sit Ins.  Xavier Carnegie, a talented young actor from the Museum's historic theatre company who presents Join the Student Sit-Ins for the public, will act as the show's host.

“Hip Hop Intellectuals”
Presented by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Join us for this special Black History Month presentation. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the youngest members of the growing body of “Hip-Hop Intellectuals” in the country.  His work covers topics such as hip-hop culture, politics, sexuality, education and religion. He regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News and his column The Barbershop Notebooks, appears bi-monthly in PopMatters Magazine. Dr. Hill will discuss the intersection between youth, popular culture and education. Click here to play an audio recording of the event, produced by Bob Coate of KIOS radio.

The Making of the Gowns for Ak-Sar-Ben

Nationally-recognized Omaha designer Mary Anne Vaccaro will explore the making of the gowns for Ak-Sar-Ben.  With her design staff at Omaha Design Studio, Vaccaro has created thousands of Couture gowns, dresses, suits and separates along with bridal wear and costumes.  She was the Couturier for the Ak-Sar-Ben Court in 1991, 1997 and 2002.  Her Queen gowns from each of those Coronation Balls are on display through November 15 as part of The Durham’s “The Art and Artistry of Ak-Sar-Ben” exhibit. Her presentation promises to be educational and entertaining for design enthusiasts of all ages.

Show Me The Money: Unlocking the Mysteries of Today's Economy
Drawing upon an extensive academic and professional career with the Federal Reserve, Jason Henderson will provide an update on the nation's and Nebraska's economy, and explain the new paradigm of monetary policy today.
Henderson received his Ph.D. from Purdue University and as the Branch Executive and Vice President serves at the Bank's regional economist and representative in the state of Nebraska. Henderson's research has been cited in The Wall Street  Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and USA Today.

US Secret Service – Counterfeit Detection Seminar
The Durham Museum is pleased to host a Counterfeit Detection Seminar on Tuesday, June 9 with John Gutsmiedl, Resident Agent in Charge in Omaha’s United States Secret Service Office. During this informative lecture, Gutsmiedl will discuss the role of the US Secret Service and methods and technology for identifying counterfeiting. John Gutsmeidl has a BS in Computer Science from the University of San Diego. He began his career in 1989 in the United States Secret Service Los Angeles field office and has had roles in forgery, fraud, protective intelligence, and Presidential protection. He currently is the Resident Agent in charge of the United States Secret Service office based in Omaha, Ne.

I've Lived a Thousand Years A Holocaust Survivor's Story
Livia Bitton-Jackson, born Elli L. Freidmann in Czechoslovakia, was thirteen when she, her mother, and her brother were taken to Auschwitz. during this powerful program she will describe her terrible experiences as one of the camp's few adolescent inmates and the miraculous twist of fate that enabled her to survive. Bitton-Jackson is the author of several highly acclaimed books including Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust and I've Lived a Thousand Years. Dr. Bitton-Jackson currently lives in Israel with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Click here to play an audio recording of the event, produced by Bob Coate of KIOS radio.

Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives 
The Durham Museum welcomed Congressman John R. Lewis, Georgia’s Fifth District, for a special presentation to area high school students in the Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Lecture Hall on Friday, October 10, at 10 am. Congressman’s gripping story about “Bloody Sunday” is chronicled in the The Durham Museum’s  traveling exhibition: Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives.
Click here to play an audio recording of the event, produced by Bob Coate of KIOS radio.

Fridays at The Durham
On several Fridays this Fall, The Durham Museum will have special programming in support of the exhibition Eyewitness. Museum visitors and area students will have a tremendous opportunity to hear about important historical topics from people who experienced them first hand. Call (402) 444-5071 or email to reserve your seats.

Friday, October 17, 1 pm
Dr. Sara Crook: “Amateurs No More: The Responsibility of Women in the 2008 Election”
This program reviews the struggles that early women’s rights advocates endured, and the early successes of women in public office. It explores both past and present females who have broken through the rank status of “amateur” to that of “seasoned veteran.” A summary of what has been accomplished, and what is still to be accomplished through women’s responsibility to vote intelligently, concludes the program’s theme.

Friday, October 31, 1 pm
Bea Karp: “Surviving the Holocaust”
Bea Karp, child survivor of the Holocaust, will speak about her experiences in Germany before World War II including Kristallnacht,
the Night of Broken Glass. She will describe her
family’s plight as they were taken by the Nazis to concentration camps in France, and tell about her encounters later as a hidden child.

Friday, November 7, 1 pm
“The Pardon of Richard Nixon” via distance learning from The Ford Library
Thirty years ago, Gerald Ford made a decision that would shock much of our nation. On September 8, 1974, he pardoned Richard Nixon “for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969, through August 9, 1974.” Learn about Gerald Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon and presidential decisionmaking, and have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters located at The Ford Museum.

Friday, December 12, 1 pm
Mark Adams, Truman Library: “I Like Stalin: Truman and the Potsdam Conference”
President Harry Truman attended the Potsdam Conference in the summer of 1945. His views of Stalin and Churchill were sent home to his wife Bess and revealed through his own personal diary. This program will explore what Truman had to say about members of the “Big Three” and how his views changed during the conference.

Friday, December 19, 1 pm
Smithsonian Air & Space: “Apollo 8: 40 Years Later”
Enjoy an interactive distance learning experience from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. focusing on the challenges and subsequent victories faced by the Apollo space program in 1968 as we ventured toward the moon.

Amazon VoyagE: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches

Amazonian Rhythms
Presented by Dr. Anthony Seeger, Professor from the University of California in Los Angeles
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Anthony Seeger brings music from the Amazon to The Durham. Seeger is an anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, record producer and musician whose research has concentrated on the music of Amazonian Indians. Having lived in Brazil for nearly ten years, he brings the music and issues of the region to life.

The Amazon Basin and Conservation Mapping: A Key to Sustainable Development
Presented by Ryan Valdez, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Brought to The Durham from the Smithsonian Associates, Ryan Veldez gives a compelling presentation on the eight country regions of the Amazon with the greatest concentration of biodiversity anywhere on earth. He explores why accommodating sustainable development has become one of the greatest conservation challenges. Valdez is a research fellow at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and has conducted extensive research in the Amazon and Kenya.

Smithsonian Family Day: Magpie Performance
Presented by Terry Leonino and Greg Artzer
Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 1:30 pm
Magpie's Terry Leonino and Greg Artzer are internationally known for their musical work in the environmental movement. They will perform a variety of songs including the well-known anthem "We Belong to the Earth."

Smithsonian Family Day: Bugology
Presented by Nathan Irwin
Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 10:30 am
Insects are fascinating, bizarre, alien-like, beautiful, have amazing stories, and are just down right cool. Spend time discovering what is really going on around you. Nathan Erwin is the Manager of the Smithsonian Institution's Otto Orkin Insect Zoo located in the National Museum of Natural History. In addition to caring for and culturing a wide variety of insects, spiders, crustaceans, millipedes and centipedes, Irwin has traveled in Central and South American forests to collect exotic insects to culture and display in the Insect Zoo.

Presidential Documents: Our first 100 years of democracy

Jazz for Curious Listeners

By Loren Schoenberg, Executive Director of The Jazz Museum in Harlem
Friday, April 25, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Jazz for Curious Listeners is a combination of lecture, demonstration and Q&A. Audiences will learn how to listen to jazz, and explore Harlem's jazz legacy and the heritage of jazz in Omaha. Serving on the faculty of Julliard's Institute for Jazz Studies, Schoenberg is a leading jazz historian and performer who has won two Grammy's. Seating for lectures is limited so reservations are required.

John A. Creighton: Blazing the First Internet
By Brian Kokensparger, Lecturer from Creighton University
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Portraying John A. Creighton, Brian Kokensparger introduced the audience to the first transcontinental telegraph. Although his brother, Edward, was the chief superintendent, John observed the installation of the line and helped win the race to Salt Lake City. Kokensparger also demonstrated a simple telegraph system. Sponsored in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council.

James Naismith - The Beginnings of March Madness
By Dr. Bill Worley
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Donning the persona of James Naismith, Worley introduced visitors to basketball in 1891 and then discussed its growth and acceptance in the United States and Europe.
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to play an audio recording of the event, produced by Bob Coate of KIOS radio.

Nebraska Through Song and Story
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Nebraska Humanities Council presenter Dan Holtz presented Nebraska's rich literary and musical tradition through songs and excerpts from Willa Cather, John Neihardt and others.
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to play an audio recording of the event, produced by Bob Coate of KIOS radio.

Nebraska's Winding Road to Statehood: In the Footsteps of a Female Settler
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Nebraska Humanities Council presenter Sara Brandes Crook recounted an early female settler's impressions in territorial Nebraska.
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to play an audio recording of the event, produced by Bob Coate of KIOS radio.

Malcolm X Chautauqua Performance by Charles Everett Pace
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Noted Chautauqua Charles Everett Pace presented a historical characterization of Malcolm X, who rose from an early life of drug abuse and petty crime to become a respected yet controversial figure in the cause for universal human rights. Sponsored in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council.
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to play an audio recording of the event, produced by Bob Coate of KIOS radio.