Nebraska Literary Heritage Association
Membership in NLHA is welcome to anyone interested in supporting Nebraska Authors!
“If there’s a heart to the sprawling body of Nebraska Literature, it’s quietly beating in the Heritage Room.” – Ted Kooser
The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association’s mission is to “encourage the collection, preservation, and promotion of work by and about Nebraska authors through support of the Lincoln City Libraries special collection, the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, and to foster the creation and appreciation of this literature through programs, collaborative partnerships, and the use of technology.”
Lincoln City Libraries staff began developing this special collection in 1949. It was moved to its present location on the third floor of Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1978 and was supported by city funding until 1981.
When city funding was eliminated, due to fiscal constraints, the Junior League of Lincoln formed the Nebraska Authors Project to provide continued support for the growing collection.
The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association (NLHA) grew out of this project.
NLHA was established in 1983 under the auspices of the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries.
NLHA provides financial and programming support for the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. The room currently houses more than 13,000 volumes representing more than 4,000 authors. Financial support comes from membership dues and from the Spelling Bee (begun in 1984). The Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries administers the Heritage Room Endowment Fund which contains funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant (1989) and funds deposited by NLHA. Money raised by NLHA helps maintain public access to the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors collection and supports NLHA programs. NLHA membership news is published in
The Bookmark, the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries newsletter.
Programs sponsored by NLHA include the Writers Write workshop for 8th graders, the Lunch at the Library programs, and the Read to Me programs in elementary schools. All are designed to encourage an interest in reading and writing and to further knowledge and understanding of Nebraska authors.
Since 1988, NLHA has sponsored the Literary Heritage Award, currently presented at the annual Spelling Bee. This award recognizes a writer or a group that promotes excellence in writing and literature in Nebraska.
To see the entire NLHA History, click Here
2022 / 2023 NLHA Board
Bruce Arant Ed Bates Sharon Bishop Devra Dragos Cindy Drake Rebecca Faber Erika Hamilton Connie Healey Nick Hernandez Wendy Bumsted Hind Leslie Huerta Jenni Jex Kathy Johnson Judy Keetle Karen Kunc Roger Lempke Ronda Lynch Donna Marvin Matt Mason Meredith McGowan Gail McNair Sharon Mohatt Mark Musick Charlene Neely Randy Peters Linda Rabbe Emily Rau Rosemary Sekora Steve Shively Tessa Terry Lois Todd-Meyer Joyce Vannier Milan Wall Kay Walter Theodore Wheeler Becky Witulski Jamison Wyatt
Wendy Bumsted Hind
LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY
Lunch at the Library starts at 12:10 PM and are held on the 4th Floor of Bennett Martin Public Library.
4th Floor Auditorium
Sponsored by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, support group for the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.
For more information, call 402.441.8516 | email: [email protected]
WRITERS WRITE WORKSHOP
The Writers Write program began in 1992, during the 10th anniversary year of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association (NLHA). The workshop was created in collaboration with Lincoln Public Schools to provide an opportunity for 8th grade students to learn writing techniques from local authors and to practice creative writing as a means of expression. Lincoln teachers identify eighth-graders to take part in a daylong workshop held in the Heritage Room. Students are prompted to write, read, and discuss their work. Occasionally the work of the students has been published. The Heritage Room holds the original student compositions in the vertical file archive.
The original Writers Write mentor team included State Poet Bill Kloefkorn, Nancy McCleery, Marjorie Saiser and Margrethe Ahleschwede. The 2018 mentor team includes State Poet Twyla Hansen, Sandra Mathews-Benham, Deborah McGinn, Rex Walton, Charlene Neely and, a former Writers Writer student, Laura Chapman. These authors share with students about how they became authors and they read passages from their own work. The authors also facilitate writing exercises with small groups of students and students read aloud from their work at the end of the workshop.
JOHN H. AMES READING SERIES
Readings are held in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
4th Floor Bennett Martin Public Library Auditorium
Members of the Prairie Trout Writing Group (Pam Barger, Twyla Hansen, Mary Pipher, Marge Saiser and Karen Shoemaker) will talk about their group and read from their individual works.
Programs begin at 2:00 p.m.
The John H. Ames Reading Series, begun in 1985, showcases Nebraska authors reading their own works. This series is provided by Lincoln City Libraries and held in the the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.
Recent programs are available on demand through 5 CITY-TV at lincoln.ne.gov. Program DVDs are available for check-out and inter-library loans.
For more information, call 402.441.8516 | email: [email protected]
ADULT SPELLING BEE & LITERARY HERITAGE AWARD
36th Annual Adult Spelling Bee & 33rd Literary Heritage Award
Year – Winning Contestant – Winning Word
2022 – Larry Day – byzantine
2019 – Jim Johnson & Sheppard Perkins (tie) – (no winning word)
2018 – Rich Schroeder – xylography
2017 – Robert Goldberg – herbaceous
2016 – Tom McGowan – cachou
2015 – Larry Day & Aimee Allard (tie) – (unknown)
2014 – Larry Day – duopsony
2013 – Priscilla Handy – wattage
2012 – Brad Bossung – trichinosis
2011 – Aubrey Mathews – hectocotylus
2010 – Brent Mehling – (unknown)
2009 – Larry Day – chlorella
2008 – Julia Doerr – isinglass
2007 – Michael Cartwright – (unknown)
2006 – Brent Mehling – anodyne
2005 – Larry Day – zebu
2004 – Brian Bornstein – adamantine
2003 – Rod Confer – oubliette
2002 – Brian Bornstein – pellucid
2001 – (not held)
2000 – Tex Richters – picayune
1999 – George Day – helical
1998 – Donald McGinley – chicanery
1997 – Kathryn Bellman – eiderdown
1996 – Larry Day – bifurcate
1995 – Francois Neville – imbrication
1994 – Bill Regier – cacophonous
1993 – Judy Sing – hegemony
1992 – Maureen Hutfless – samite
1991 – Bob Gibson – brougham
1990 – Anny Gillis – antependium
1989 – Vaughn Border – monstrous
1988 – Mary White – ossification
1987 – Donald McGinley – arcanum
1986 – Deb Pearson – pyorrhea
1985 – Kathleen Rutledge – balalaika
1984 – Sydney Lynch – parallelepiped
LITERARY HERITAGE AWARD WINNERS
The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association began sponsoring the Literary Heritage Award in 1988.
The award recognizes persons or groups that promote excellence in writing in Nebraska.
It was presented at the Mayor’s Arts Awards, 1988 – 2013, and at the Annual Adult Spelling Bee, beginning in 2014.
1988 1st John Janovy & Hilda Raz
1989 2nd Ted Kooser
1990 3rd David McCleery
1991 4th Bess Walt
1992 5th William Kloefkorn
1993 6th Herb Hyde
1994 7th Jane Geske
1995 8th Martha Greer
1996 9th Marly Swick
1997 10th Nebraska Literature Festival
1998 11th Morrie Tuttle
1999 12th Marge Saiser
2000 13th Molly Fisher
2001 14th Ruth Rosekrans Hoffman
2002 15th Ruthann Young
2003 16th Kit Dimon & Judy Wilcox
2004 17th Campbell’s Nurseries & Garden Centers
2005 18th Carol Connor
2006 19th Dorothy Olson Young
2007 20th Gerry Cox
2008 21st Paul A. Olson
2009 22nd Robert Knoll
2010 23rd NET Radio: “All About Books” with hosts, Charles . Stephen & Otis Young
2011 24th Jim McKee & Linda Hillegass
2012 25th Joe Starita
2013 26th Joel Sartore
2014 27th Mary Pipher
2015 28th Meredith McGowan
2016 29th Rod Wagner
2017 30th Roger Welsch
2018 31st Paul Johnsgard
2019 32nd Ron Hull
2022 33rd Twyla Hansen