Echoes of the Heartland Humanities Nebraska series returns for 2024

Hastings Public Library is excited to announce the return of the engaging series, “Echoes of the Heartland.” Hear the voices of Nebraska's rich past with 12 speakers from Humanities Nebraska featuring stories of history, culture, and music. The series is made possible by a grant from AARP Nebraska.

The speakers are 12 of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation.

The sessions will feature discussions, music, pictures, and visual presentations followed by a question and answer period. About the upcoming series, HPL Librarian Sam Rundle said, "Echoes of the Heartland has meant a lot to the patrons at HPL because it has connected them with Nebraska history they had not known, brought back fond family memories, and shed light onto their heritages. It has been heartwarming to see so many patrons come back time and again for these presentations. We had 100 more participants in 2023 than in 2022, and patrons continue to request that these programs keep coming, something we’re more than happy to do!"

The schedule is as follows:

Abraham Lincoln, America’s Greatest Political Orator 2 p.m., Feb. 17
Myths of Women’s Madness on the Plains 2 p.m., March 16
Fight Against Slavery on the Great Plains 2 p.m., April 13
Train Songs and Tales 2 p.m., May 11
Mad Queen of the Prairies 2 p.m., June 8
Echoes of an Era 2 p.m., June 22
Heart’s Compass: Women on the Trails 2 p.m., July 20
Patchwork of the Prairie 2 p.m., Aug. 31
Sisters from Outlaw Trail 2 p.m., Sept. 28
Andrew Carnegie 2 p.m., Oct. 12
Overland Trails: The Children on the Trails 2 p.m., Nov. 9
Sing Me a Story 2 p.m., Dec. 7

The Echoes of the Heartland events are available to all ages. For details of specific sessions, visit or call the library at (402) 461-2346.

Published Date: 01/25/2024

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