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

Dr. Nathan Tye

“Mark your memory of tired empty faces”: Doing History from the Bottom-up with the Down and Out

Dr. Nathan Tye
Assistant Professor of History
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7pm – Main Floor, C.T. Ryan Library
FREE and open to the public

Hobos Tramps and Bums imageHobos, tramps and bums – men and women who hopped trains and lived on the road from the 1870s to 1930s – are notoriously difficult to pin down, as railroad police officers and the historians that followed can attest. Records are scant and fragmentary. Letters or diaries are few and far between. How then do historians study this marginalized community? Dr. Nathan Tye will discuss his research and methods and share rare and one-of-a-kind material from his private collection of hobo letters, diaries, and newspapers.


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College of Arts & Science Book Festival

The 2nd CAS Book Festival will be happening on Thursday October 10 in the Calvin T. Ryan Library from 12-5PM.  The event has been organized by Mallory Wetherell (Art & Design), Susan Honeyman (English), and Jeremy Armstrong (Physics, Astronomy & Engineering).

The schedule for the event is:
1-2:30pm:  Panel on Collaborative Research & Writing
Featuring Kim Carlson (Biology), Jeremy Dillon (Geography), Bryan Drew (Biology), and Chuck Rowling (Political Science)

 2:30-4pm:  Panel on Inter-disciplinary Research & Creative Writing
Featuring Michelle Beissel Heath (English), Dan May (Art & Design), and Janice Fronczak (Theatre)

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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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Tim Slessor presentation November 4, 2014

The Library, along with the departments of History, Sociology, English and Communications, will host speaker and retired BBC documentary producer Tim Slessor, November 4, at 3:30, in Copeland Hall, room 131.

His presentation on “Immigrants”  will include stories of westward settlement, particularly, where those tales concern immigrants from Britain. Slessor begins his presentation by discussing his fascination with the American West and examining some of the points where the UK and the U.S. have their similarities and their differences.

Nebraskans do not have to look hard to see where the Brits may have had an early presence: Oxford, Cambridge, Crawford, Norfolk, Bridgeport, Exeter, Litchfield, Lancaster, Wakefield, Walton and at least a dozen more. The same is true in Wyoming and Montana. But perhaps more interesting are the stories of individual immigrants – especially the well-to-do second sons of England’s landed gentry. What, for example, brought the Queen to spend a week on a horse-ranch in the shadow of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains? Who in the 1920’s, after his father – the Earl of Portsmouth – and then his elder brother died, uniquely had a seat in the Wyoming Legislature and the and the House of Lords? Of course, there is much more to it than that as Slessor shares in his presentation and in his book More than Cowboys.

Tim Slessor’s presentation is made possible by the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College through a private donation to the Chadron State Foundation.