2018 Brown Bag Luncheon Series


All 2018 events are scheduled as of February 14, 2018
Speakers may adjust, cancel, or reschedule on short notice.
Funding provided by Friends of the North Platte Library, North Platte Public Library, and Humanities Nebraska (when indicated)


Location: North Platte Public Library – Meeting Room, 120 W 4th ST, North Platte NE

Time: Luncheon Series take place between 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm; there may be Q&A or author sales that takes place after 1:00 pm. Speakers understand that working individuals may need to leave to return to work. 

Luncheon Series programs are free to the public but the library requests reservations for seating planning and capacity logistics.  Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3301.  Attendees may bring a sack lunch.  Water and coffee will be provided.


February 16, 2018 (Fri) Sitting Bull Family Story by Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey (Humanities Nebraska)
The history of this family told by the daughter of Sitting Bull covers the time from prior to Euro-American contact up to and including the Massacre at Wounded Knee. The historical events that are recorded about the life of Sitting Bull are also the record of the events that led to the massacre.

March 9, 2018 (Fri) The Mountain Dulcimer by Bill Behmer and Gwen Meister (Humanities Nebraska)
Using folk songs as illustrations, Bill Behmer outlines the history and folklore or this simple-to-play, inexpensive and often homemade American folk instrument. He discusses the dulcimer’s European and Asian ancestors and similar fretted zithers found in other traditions. He demonstrates and compares traditional and contemporary playing styles, a variety of tuning methods and how to play the dulcimer by ear. Bill is accompanied by his wife, Gwen Meister, singing harmony and playing autoharp and rhythm instruments.

March 29, 2018 (Thurs) How Chocolate Twice Conquered the American Continent by Jose Francisco Garcia (Humanities Nebraska)
The tale begins with 2000 year old murals depicting the uses for chocolate and continues to the present time witnessing the allure and power chocolate continues to have on human society. Garcia shares the history of cacao and discusses its value as a worldwide commodity.

April 12, 2018 (Thurs) Getting to know American Muslims and their Faith by Maisha Godare (Humanities Nebraska)
An overview of American Muslim life and culture illustrating what it means to be Muslim in America. This interactive, informal talk separates facts from fiction with easy to understand coverage of:
• Beliefs, practices and values
• Muslim population data
• Holidays & celebrations
• Islams connection with other faiths

May 7-23, 2018 – The Library will be Closed for renovations

June 8, 2018 (Fri) Sandhills and Sandlots by Jeff Barnes (Humanities Nebraska)
The panhandle town of Rushville loved and played baseball like most Nebraska communities. Unlike all others, it was the recipient of a beautiful ball field from the state’s biggest rancher and the host of a Major League baseball school and try-out camp, whose students included a Nebraska boy who struck out Mickey Mantle. Barnes tells the fascinating story of Rushville’s 130 years with baseball and how residents past and present came together in 2014 to rebuild Nebraska’s own “field of dreams.”

July 12, 2018 (Thurs) A Visit with Lady Vestey by Beverly Beavers (Humanities Nebraska)
Beverly Beavers comes in costume and character to tell the fascinating story of Lady Vestey. Lady Vestey became the highest paid woman executive in the world in the early 1900’s. As an employee of the Vestey Cold Storage Company she traveled extensively and learned many languages. She was instrumental in providing food for the Allied troops during World War I and lived in London during the bombing of Britain during World War II. She joined the English nobility when she married her boss, William. They bought their own cruise ship named the Arandora Star and lived in a huge house in London named Kingswood. Lady Vestey traveled far, but she never found a place that she liked better than Nebraska. This program provides stories and information that appeals to all ages.

July 26, 2018 (Thurs) Peter Fletcher noon concert
Peter Fletcher is returning to North Platte. He is a classically trained guitarist since the age of 7. His performances have been in such auspicious venues as Carnegie Hall (New York City NY), Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (Rockford IL), Tryon Fine Arts Center (Tryon NC), and Firehouse Arts Center (San Francisco CA). He also has many National Public Radio interviews and concert credits. More information at http://www.peterfletcher.com.

August 9, 2018 (Thurs) History of the Nebraska State Fair by Jim McKee (Humanities Nebraska)
Before Nebraska was even a state there was a Nebraska Territorial Fair, which was not only the first territory of the U. S. to have an official fair but it was the only territory to ever have a fair. This program shows the development of the Nebraska fair from territorial days through the Omaha-based 1898 Transmississippi Exposition which replaced the state fair that year and the various cities which hosted the event before its “permanent” move to Lincoln and ends as the state fair moved to Grand Island.

September 21, 2018 (Fri) When did the White House become the “White House?” by Donald Hickey (Humanities Nebraska)
This Power Point program—featuring portraits, illustrations, and newspaper evidence—will examine the origins and early history of the White House, which today is arguably the most famous building in the world. We will pay special attention to when and how the White House got its name. Although conventional wisdom holds that the name originated when the White House was rebuilt after being burned during the War of 1812, the evidence suggests that the name was in use as early as 1802, a mere eighteen months after the building was first occupied by President John Adams.

September 27, 2018 (Thurs) The Amazing Library of Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick by Jim McKee (Humanities Nebraska)
Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick, longtime resident of Bethany, was a bibliomaniac. This college professor began with a solid collection of rare books inherited from his illustrious namesake. A lifetime of collecting later, he was living entirely in the kitchen of his house while the rest of the property was packed floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall with books. Only after his death in 1952 was the full extent of his obsession uncovered.

October 18, 2018 (Thurs) Songs, Dances and Games of the Lakota by Jerome Kills Small (Humanities Nebraska)
Kills Small describes the history and origin of Native American songs and dances. A lecturer and storyteller who makes hand drums and pow-wow-size wood drums, Kills Small also is a singer of Lakota songs who has traveled extensively as a member of the Oyate Singers of Vermillion, S.D.