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Big House on the Prairie
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 96

Big House on the Prairie

In 2016 the University of Nebraska Press celebrates its 75th anniversary. Proudly rooted in the Great Plains, the Press has established itself as the largest and most diversified publisher located between Chicago and California. The achievements of a vast network of devoted authors, editors, board members, series editors, and staff, the Press has published more than 4,000 books and more than 30 journals of influential and enduring value. What started as a one-person operation at a land grant institution on the sparsely populated plains of Nebraska has tenaciously grown into a press that has earned an international reputation for publishing notable works in Native studies, history, anthropolo...

Prairie University
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 223

Prairie University

Founded in 1869, the University of Nebraska was given the awesome responsibility of educating a new state barely connected by roads and rail lines. Established as a comprehensive university, uniting the arts and sciences, commerce and agriculture, and open to all regardless of "age, sex, color, or nationality, " it has as its motto Literis dedicata et omnibus artibus-dedicated to letters and all the arts. The University at first was confined to four city blocks and didn't have a building until 1871. Cows grazed the campus. But soon the high aspirations of the state began to be realized. Nebraska boasted the first department of psychology west of the Mississippi River, and its faculty include...

Nebraska : an Illustrated History
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 416

Nebraska : an Illustrated History

A unique history of Nebraska is presented in these pages, drawing on fifty-eight short topical chapters and a rich gallery of illustrations. Professor Frederick C. Luebke?s lifelong commitment to the study of his state informs the book in every detail, as does his concern for clear and readable narrative. The treasure trove of images, many never published before, cast new light on many aspects of Nebraska?s history. These include the culture of the state?s Native peoples and their lives today, the building of the transcontinental railroad, the hardship endured by European immigrants, and the contributions of women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans to the state. This is a book that every Nebraskan will want to own, read, and enjoy. ø This second edition includes updated chapters on the current social, economic, and political climate of Nebraska and some new illustrations.

A Different Plain
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 398

A Different Plain

In this collection of contemporary short stories, Nebraska writers explore the Midwest, covering topics such as small towns, desolate western lives, and comic families in tales by Richard Dooling, Kent Haruf, Ron Hansen, Jonis Agee, Dan Chaon, Marly Swick, Lisa Sandlin, Paul Eggers, and others. Simultaneous.

A Nebraska Portfolio
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 132

A Nebraska Portfolio

  • Categories: Art

For eighteen months Robert Hanna put his architectural career aside to drive his faithful Dodge Aspen back and forth across Nebraska. He logged fifteen thousand through all seasons and weather. He ducked tornadoes and braved snowstorms to draw barns, bridges, depots, mills, storefronts, mansions, courthouses, churches, theaters, bandstands, ballparks, and other monuments to the human proclivity for building. "My book of drawings and watercolors is a celebration of spaces - little spaces, really. Set down a towering county courthouse in the middle of a wide Nebraska horizon, and even government looks mighty small, " writes Hanna. "I have drawn and painted these pictures from inside the world ...

Encyclopedia of the Great Plains
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 919

Encyclopedia of the Great Plains

"Wishart and the staff of the Center for Great Plains Studies have compiled a wide-ranging (pun intended) encyclopedia of this important region. Their objective was to 'give definition to a region that has traditionally been poorly defined,' and they have

Nebraska Quilts & Quiltmakers
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 245

Nebraska Quilts & Quiltmakers

Features over one hundred quilts created from Nebraska's territorial period to the 1980s, with descriptions of the patterns, materials, and techniques and biographical sketches of the quiltmakers

Nebraska Government & Politics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 230

Nebraska Government & Politics

Nebraska is famous as the only state with a unicameral legislature, but the government of Nebraska is unique in other ways as well. This first comprehensive handbook is meant to help Nebraskans understand the government of their state; at the same time, it is addressed to political scientists with an interest in state and local government and to people in other states who are considering the adoption of Nebraska's practices. The book sets out not only to describe but also to assess the government of Nebraska in operation and to explain the anomaly of an innovative government in an apparently conservative political setting. The topics discussed include the state constitution, the governor and other elected officials, the legislature, the judiciary, the bureaucracy, the citizens' political attitudes and behavior, trends in state expenditures and revenue, local government, and intergovernmental relations.

Weldon Kees and the Arts at Midcentury
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 238

Weldon Kees and the Arts at Midcentury

Born in 1914 in Beatrice, Nebraska, and presumed dead in 1955 (when he apparently leapt from the Golden Gate Bridge), Weldon Kees has become one of the better-known ?unknown? American poets of the twentieth century, his fiction and poetry largely kept alive by other poets. But Kees was also that rare artist who excelled in many genres and media: a skillful painter, filmmaker, jazz musician, and composer. He was a gifted critic as well, and his criticism bears the marks of his own deep and broad engagement with the arts.øWeldon Kees and the Arts at Midcentury is the first book to reflect the full range and reach of Kees?s artistic activities. Bringing together writers from various discipline...

Nebraska Place-Names
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 228

Nebraska Place-Names

During the thirty-five years since it was first published, Nebraska Place-Names, thanks to its completeness and reliable scholarship, its excellent arrangement and its readability, not only has remained the standard work on the subject but is by way ofø becoming a classic of its kind. This new edition, which incorporates the complete text of the original study, once more makes available a work of interest to every Nebraskan as well as to social historians, folklorists, and collectors of Western Americana. ø Enriching the Fitzpartick study, and considerably increasing its scope, are four new chapters derived from another standard work, The Origin of the Place Names of Nebraska (The Toponomy of Nebraska) by J. T. Link. These chapters concern, respectively, the name ?Nebraska?; names of cultural features (trails, ranch and overland stations, military posts, Indian reservations, forests, state parks); names of water features (streams, lakes, marshes, swamps, springs, falls); and names of relief features (bluffs, buttes, hills, valleys, canyons, gulches, flats islands).