Katie Nieland

Center for Great Plains Studies & Great Plains Art Museum


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"No Turning Back," a sculpture outside the Center for Great Plains Studies

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Lewis and Clark sculpture outside the Center for Great Plains Studies

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Artist-in-residence Molly Murphy Adams works on a piece in the lobby of the Great Plains Art Museum.

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A Lakota-style lodge set up in the museum.

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The Center for Great Plains Studies

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Great Plains Art Museum

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The community gathers for a meeting on conservation in the Great Plains

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A free public seminar is held at the Great Plains Art Museum

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A piece by Michael Forsberg, an artist often on display at the Great Plains Art Museum

The Center's mission is to foster study of the people and environment of the Great Plains

Since 1976 the Center has provided a crucial rallying point for scholars studying the region and for outreach to share their discoveries. The University pays our salaries, but we depend on your support for the extra boost that can move the Center’s work from good to excellent.

  • This past year the Center was alive with projects, activities, and partnerships:
  • Our Great Plains Graduate Fellows program now includes 18 bright and accomplished students.
  • In the Art Museum, we paired with the American Textile History Museum to bring an exhibition of Civil War quilts to Lincoln from the East Coast.
  • The posters developed by the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition have gone on a statewide tour including the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering, Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, and now the Durham Museum in Omaha.
  • Our May 2015 Great Plains Symposium, “Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead,” organized with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, brought distinguished speakers, performers, and thinkers to Lincoln for a two-day, packed event.
  • The 2015 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize was awarded to Elizabeth Fenn for her book "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People."

Okay, you say, that’s last year, it’s done and paid for. What’re you going to do now?

  • Our 2016 Symposium is titled "The Epic Neihardt" and will feature three speakers.
  • A new exhibition opening in February titled "Denizens: Wildlife on the Western Frontier" features original 19th Century engravings of wildlife.
  • Our spring Paul A. Olson lectures will feature topics including land stewardship, the black-footed ferret recovery program, and Nebraska Constitutionalism.
  • Our journals, Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research, are online (as well as in print) and available worldwide through Project MUSE.

Much, much else is happening; visit our website, www.unl.edu/plains/ to see all that’s going on.

So, I ask you to continue your support the Center. We’ll use your money well. (Contributions to the University and University Foundation are typically tax-deductible.)

I wish you a happy holiday and healthy and prosperous New Year.

Richard Edwards, Center Director

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