Settlement of the Sand Hills is Lecture Topic
The joys and hardships of early ranching in the Nebraska Sand Hills, told through the stories of an Irish immigrant, is the subject of the next meeting of the Omaha Westerners. The presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Cherrie Beam-Clarke presents “The Courage to Continue: Changing Homesteads in Nebraska” for the Thursday, February 6 meeting and as “Mariah Monahan” gives a first-person, Chautauqua-style presentation building the sod house, lightning storms, crying for rain, rattlesnakes and the never-ending wind. A fourth-generation “true Nebraska farm girl,” Beam-Clarke has spent nearly 25 years gathering and recording historic tales from Nebraska families. She has traveled Nebraska as a storyteller on the wagon train commemorating the 150th birthday of the Oregon Trail, and is co-founder of John C. Fremont Days, one of Nebraska’s largest annual historical festivals. Beam-Clarke’s 7:30 p.m. presentation at the Sheraton Omaha Hotel is free and open to the public. Due to the popularity of Ms. Beam-Clarke’s presentations, reservations are requested to ensure seating. Non-members are also invited to join the Westerners for dinner at 6:30 p.m. for $25 per person. Dinner selections for the evening are Sirloin Steak, Chicken Estragon, or Portabella Napoleon. To attend, please contact Kathy Balwanz at 402-734-1061 and leave a message, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at www.thecusterguide.com . Deadline for reservations is Thursday, January 30.
Omaha Sheraton Hotel, Dodge Room
655 North 108th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68154