In thirty minutes, the premiere of Nebraska Stories Season 7 is taking place on Nebraska Educational Television. As promised, I am giving you a specific preview. Tonight happens to have two episodes. The bulleted sentences are specific information from NET– a teaser without giving too much away. Then I thought I would give you my own personal reflections. Hopefully between both insights, you will feel compelled to watch for yourself!
- “Rodeo Bullfighter” is about a young bullfighter from Lexington who hopes to go professional but will have to wait until he finishes school.Having attended our first family rodeo this fall, I have to say that watching the bullfighters (possibly formerly known to you as rodeo clowns) was just as fascinating as watching the bull riders. They have to be in tip-top form. Watch this story to learn more about that process.
- “Pure Energy” features 2,000 kids who compete in the National Science Olympiad on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
Seeing this much enthusiasm for science rather than just for sports was fabulous. All I know is that I could sit down with any of the competitors and have quite the education. Rather intelligent kids came to Lincoln for that event!
- “Camp Roadshow” is a behind-the-scenes special look at one of the most popular series on PBS, “Antiques Roadshow,” from Omaha.
This is one PBS show that can definitely draw me in – I am rather fascinated by the value of family heirlooms. (Of course if I knew that my lantern was that valuable, maybe I would outlaw dribbling in the house!) Seeing how this production team works has been working together for years adds another layer of fascination.
- “The Artist’s Wife” follows the journey of wife, mother and artist Mary Tejeda Brown who painted the landscape of Northwest Nebraska, even as her vision dimmed due to macular degeneration.
This woman is truly inspiring and talented. I greatly appreciate when older people are given honor for their talents and wisdom, rather than pushed aside. I was unfamiliar with both her and her husband’s art, but I will be investigating more before I teach art this spring in the homeschool community.
- “The Girl from Broken Bow” explores a family treasure that reveals a surprising story.
I learned from the producers that this young lady happened to be an intern at NET and decided to produce her own story with a bit of assistance. This excerpt excited me because she visited a museum that our family loved exploring: Custer County Museum. (I just realized that I have never fully shared our experiences there – guess you know what is coming up for a Wordless Wednesday!) Anyway, I have also enjoyed studying about Solomon Butcher. He is a part of this story and is an integral part of the museum since many of his photographs happened in that county. The image below is from his display. I really enjoyed hearing about this young woman’s process of researching part of her family story.