Humanities Desk On Demand

February 28, 2015
Eloise Kruger ran a laundry service with her husband in Lincoln in the 1960s and 70s. But in her spare time, she collected over 20,000 miniature pieces. As part of our occasional series, When Things Speak, Dianna Hemsath, the curator of the Eloise Kruger Collection, about a pair of miniature... more››
February 21, 2015
When you look at photos of Native Americans from the 1800s, you're seeing photos taken by photographers who often posed their subjects in costumes. It was an inaccurate picture of Native American life. Today photographer Will Wilson is taking portraits with the same kind of tintype camera to... more››
February 14, 2015
There aren't a lot of first-hand resources about Nebraska's black history. But photos from a black photographer named John Johnson are helping historians piece together the story of Lincoln's black community a hundred years ago.
March 20, 2015
How do you go from the top of your game to the bottom of the pile? That's what happened to author Dorothy Thomas--she was a big success, published in the New Yorker and a mentor to famed Nebraska author Loren Eiseley. But by the end of her life, Dorothy Thomas was used as an example of how not to... more››
April 3, 2015
Imagine that it's 1942. You're a Midwest playwright and director, and your dream to make it to Hollywood is about to come true--but not unless you change your name. Like many Jewish people who worked in Hollywood at the time, Zolley Lerner found success, but only as Thomas Loring.
April 24, 2015
Ervin Krause wrote dark stories about people in turmoil. Drawing on a life filled with hardship on the post-depression plains, Krause's stories were lessons of morality for unprincipled characters, so unprincipled that one of his stories triggered a censorship, the resignation of an editor, and a... more››
March 13, 2015
Long before actress Dianne Keaton made it fashionable for women to wear men's suits, poet Margaret Haughawout had hers tailor made. She never quite fit it. Born in 1874 in Fairmont, Nebraska, she was highly educated, never married, and taught poetry om Pittsburgh, Kansas. While the area was an... more››
April 10, 2015
Earl Guy wrote his first novel in a Minnesota prison. With his chair leaned against the wall of his cell and a pen and a notebook in hand, Guy told the story of a family struggling to keep afloat as the Mississippi River encroaches on their land.
March 6, 2015
As a Nebraska college student in the 1920s LaSelle Gilman told everyone who would listen that he planned to travel to exotic locales and write about his adventures. He achieved his ambition, but first this Minnesota-born writer spent two decades as a foreign correspondent in Shanghai. This radio... more››
April 17, 2015
Of all the hardships homesteaders faced on the prairie -- grasshoppers, drought, blizzards and fires -- one of the most humiliating was bedbugs. The story of homesteader Faye Cashatt Lewis begins with loneliness and maddening frustration, but it ends with her emancipation from the past.

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