The Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series & CTR Library Faculty Profile Series

The Making of Nebraska Boundaries

Dr. Chris Steinke
Assistant Professor of History
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time & Place: 3:30 pm, Room 140 Copeland Hall
FREE and open to the public

Dr. Chris SteinkeDr. Chris Steinke’s work focuses on Indigenous history in the Great Plains. His research has appeared in the journals Great Plains Quarterly, William and Mary Quarterly, and Ethnohistory. His article “Women in Bullboats: Indigenous Women Navigate the Upper Missouri River” won the American Society for Ethnohistory’s 2018 Robert F. Heizer Award. He is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Plains Corridor: Indigenous Mobility and Power on the Missouri River.


Nebraska Libraries’ Partnership Highlights 50th Anniversary Merger


The online exhibit “All Together Now: The 50th Anniversary of the University of Nebraska System Merger, 1968-2018” located at chronicles the creation of the University of Nebraska system. The success of the 1968 merger of the University of Nebraska with the Municipal University of Omaha led to the creation of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 1991, Kearney State College merged with the University of Nebraska. “All Together Now” highlights the administrative and civic process through photographs, university publications, video, oral histories, and objects.
“All Together Now” highlights the first collaborative exhibit curated by archivists and librarians from across the University of Nebraska system and is a work of the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL) Archives and Special Collections Working Group. UNCL formed in the late 1970s to facilitate informal and formal cooperation and collaboration among the libraries of the different University of Nebraska campuses.
“This exhibit provides a great opportunity to discover more about our collections and to collaborate with peers across campuses. It provides a valuable way to showcase one aspect of archival work,” said Mary Ellen Ducey, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. “It also demonstrates how important it is for archives to capture stories about the university as they happen, so our view in the future includes both the official record and the experience of those who lived through it.” 
Angela Kroeger, Metadata Coordinator at University of Nebraska at Omaha, adds “This partnership was a major shift for higher education in Nebraska, resulting in greater opportunities for growth and partnerships in Omaha and Lincoln–and, joining in 1991, Kearney as well. Each university within the system has different strengths and specialties, allowing the University of Nebraska system to fill more educational niches within Nebraska than any of the campuses could support alone.”
UNCL leads the University of Nebraska libraries to create and sustain a rich, supportive, and diverse knowledge environment that furthers teaching, learning, and research through the sharing of collections, expertise, and programs. Each campus preserves the unique history of the University of Nebraska and offers unique collections that support the research needs of each campus and interests of the state of Nebraska. Our reading rooms are open to the public.

The Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series & CTR Library Faculty Profile Series

Todd KerstetterFlood on the Tracks: Living, Dying, and the Nature of Disaster in the Elkhorn River Basin

Dr. Todd Kerstetter
Professor of History
Texas Christian University

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

5:00 pm – Room 131 Copeland Hall
Free and open to the public

Book Cover Flood on the TracksTODD M. KERSTETTER earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and is Professor of History at Texas Christian University. Kerstetter specializes in the history of the American West. His books include Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West and God’s Country, Uncle Sam’s Land: Faith and Conflict in the American West. The latter examines religion’s role in conflicts between the United States and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lakota Ghost Dancers, and the Branch Davidians. His most recent book, Flood on the Tracks: Living, Dying, and the Nature of Disaster in the Elkhorn River Basin was published earlier this year by Texas Tech University Press. He is currently writing an environmental history of water in Fort Worth and Dallas.

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2018 Undergraduate Research Awared

The Calvin T. Ryan Library Award for Undergraduate Research for 2018 was awarded to Shelby Hinrichs. Shelby’s research project is titled, “Screening Speech, Language, and Reading Abilities of Home-schooled Children.” Her Faculty Mentor is Dr. Whitney Schneider-Cline, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders.

The Calvin T. Ryan Library Award for Undergraduate Research, initiated in 2013, recognizes and honors undergraduate student researchers for excellence in the use of library services, collections and resources. Ms. Hinrichs was presented the award at the 2018 Student Research Day award ceremony on March 28, 2018.

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