Nebraska Stories For April 6 and 13

News Release Date: 
March 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
Restored Grand Island Footage, Sowbelly Bighorns and Quilt of Honor on ‘Nebraska Stories’

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 28, 2017) – The popular NET television series “Nebraska Stories,” announces new stories before this year’s eighth season comes to a close.

Through engaging storytelling and beautiful visuals, “Nebraska Stories” explores who we are as Nebraskans and features a variety of topics including art, nature, food, science and history. Story highlights for the final three 2017 episodes follow.

8 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 6 “Nebraska Stories”

  • A Grand Island filmmaker returns home to find rare film of everyday life from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘50s and hosts a premiere of the newly restored footage at The Grand Theatre
  • Join a trek into Pine Ridge Country to see the Bighorn sheep in Sowbelly Canyon with wildlife expert Todd Nordeen of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Omaha tribe member Taylor Keen plants indigenous heirloom seeds
  • Look back at the cluster of deadly 1913 Easter tornados that ripped through Omaha, Ralston, Yutan and Berlin (now Otoe)
  • Celebrate 150 years of great Nebraska art and literature with a trip to the Joslyn Castle in Omaha

8:30 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 13 “Nebraska Stories”

  • 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
  • “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
  • In the 1920s in Clay Center, a chicken incubator baron started a radio station which became a tourist attraction and stage for performers
  • Efforts are underway to help prairie grasslands make a comeback from Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice and Prairie Plains Resource Institute in Aurora
  • Join volunteers digging deep to wake up the beds and tackle the annual plantings at Sunken Gardens in Lincoln

Nebraska Stories –812 & 813 Thursday 8pm & 8:30pm

An archival episode will also air at 8 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 13 and bring back favorite stories including: “Shakespeare & The Wild West” from Valentine; “Shifting Sands” and “Fort Hartsuff” from Burwell; “The Girl From Broken Bow”; and “Piano in Tow” from Cody.

New this year is a dynamic webpage which offers search features to be able to sort stories by categories, personal interests and locations at netNebraska.org/nebraskastories.

The series can also be accessed on Facebook and by downloading the NET Nebraska App with stories from previous episodes also included such as “Hear Nebraska’s Music Man” about Andrew Norman and “The Quiet Billionaire” about Walter Scott Jr.

“Nebraska Stories” is a production of NET. For a complete television program schedule, visit NET’s website at netNebraska.org/television or download the NET Nebraska App. 

NET operates the statewide public service network which includes television, radio and online services.  To learn more, visit netNebraska.org.

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Media Contact: Mary Jane Winquest, 402-470-6247 or mjwinquest@netNebraska.org.

NET, Nebraska’s PBS Station
NET is Nebraska's first public television broadcast service and includes PBS and award-winning, locally produced public television programming since 1954; NET World (NET2) offers live coverage of the Nebraska Unicameral, and other news and public affairs programming; NET Create (NET3) features the most popular how-to, travel and lifestyle series.