James R. Griess was born on a farm in York County, Nebraska. All four sets of his grandparents were German Russians who came to the Sutton, Nebraska area in the last quarter of the nineteenth century from the Volga and Black Sea regions of Russia. He has a strong interest in history and genealogy and has recently published a book length study: The German Russians: Those who came to Sutton (Henderson: Service Press, 2008) The book offers a broad picture of German Russian history and culture and of the causes and history of this group's immigration to America, before focusing in on the German Russians in Sutton Nebraska. Mr. Griess will present our Lunch at the Library talk on Wednesday April 1 at 12:10 pm on the fourth floor of Bennett Martin Public Library. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee provided by The Mill!
Postscript:(April 1, 2009): So many people came today and everyone enjoyed Jim's talk so much that we have already arranged for him to return in the fall to continue the story at another Lunch at the Library, at a date to be announced. Thanks for coming!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The 28th Annual Neihardt Spring Conference, Saturday April 25th, 2009, will focus on "Neihardt and 21st Century Native Realities." For more information, check the Neihardt Center Events web page. Presenters will include Delphine Redshirt, John Day, Judi Morgan-Gaiashkibos, and Walter R. Echo-Hawk, jr.
The 54th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference will take place Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 2009 in Red Cloud Nebraska. The theme is "Wisdom in the later Nebraska Fiction: Obscure Destinies, Lucy Gayhart, and 'The Best Years.' Register on-line at www.willacather.org
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Evelyn McKnight will be this month's Lunch at the Library speaker on Wednesday March 4 at 12:10PM on the 4th floor of Bennett Martin Library. Evelyn is one of the one hundred cancer patients who contracted hepatitis C at the Fremont, Nebraska Cancer Center in 2000-2001. She is the author, together with trial attorney Travis Bennington, of A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Health Care History (2008), and a co-founder of the patient advocacy foundation HONOReform. Lunch at the Library is sponsored by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association