Sometimes surviving this life requires a bit of support.  Or a lot of support.  Nebraskans tend to be good who rally behind their own.  Tonight’s Episode of Nebraska Stories features Nebraskans show of support to both the people and the land found in this state.

  • The story of Caroline Boston is explored through a quilt she inscribed with the names of 318 Union veterans of the American Civil War – from former slaves to an American president.  Caroline first showed support to her husband when he was injured in the War.  Then she showed support by making a masterpiece to honor many of the brave from the war.  Now her family has shown support by donating the quilt to the International Quilt and Study Center & Museum in Lincoln.
  • Hail Varsity” managing editor Erin Sorensen recounts the healing power of Husker Nation during her difficult recovery after her car was struck by a drunk driver.  When an accident sidelined Erin, she was surprised by the amount of support she received both from the Nebraska athletic department and also from Husker fans.  She happens to write a blog that includes her perspective as a Hail Varsity writer.
  • In the 1920s in Clay Center, a chicken incubator baron started a radio station which became a tourist attraction and stage for performers. The support of the community helped this small Nebraska town to have a radio station that included live shows for many years.  While the station eventually moved to Grand Island, the local museum now holds the souvenirs and memories from that era. 
  • Efforts are underway to help prairie grasslands make a comeback from Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice to Prairie Plains Resource Institute in Aurora.  I interviewed one of the influential founders of the Prairie Plains Resource Institute for my book.  The efforts they have made to maintain Nebraska native grasslands is impressive.  They do need volunteers sometimes and would appreciate your support.
  • Join volunteers digging deep to wake up the beds and tackle the annual plantings at Sunken Gardens in Lincoln.  Despite the fact that I have lived in Lincoln basically my whole life, I had no idea that The Lincoln Sunken Gardens did this every spring.  Guess I assumed that they simply had perennials come up every year.  Obviously you can tell that I am not much of a gardener.  Their efforts are inspiring.  If you would like to support their re-planting efforts, below is the information.

    Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:30am-12pm
    Wake Up the Beds is an annual event that invites the public to help our gardeners plant annuals in the Sunken Gardens. This event takes place mid May. Good for individuals or groups. Registration preferred: Email or phone 402-441-7847, press 0

Remember if you are unable to watch this episode live, you can watch the story segments at the  Nebraska Stories website.

Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.