Brown Bag History Series

Bring your lunch and learn! These seasonally recurring events bring highly-qualified speakers to the library to share about varied topics of cultural, historical, or scientific interest. These free programs are presented by the University of Nebraska at Kearney's History Department and History Nebraska at the Kearney Public Library.

Brown Bag Lunch Option 1

September 12, 2018

Living and Dying with Great Plains Rivers

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Niobrara Room at Kearney Public Library
  • Presented by Todd Kerstetter

Although the Great Plains region is noted for its aridity, too much water has been a deadly and disastrous problem for people who live near Plains rivers. This presentation will examine how people have dealt with flooding in the Elkhorn and Platte river basins and how the nature of flooding disasters has changed over the course of nearly two hundred years.

Todd Kerstetter teaches environmental history and the history of the American West at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. His most recent book is Flood on the Tracks: Living, Dying, and the Nature of Disaster in the Elkhorn River Basin (Texas Tech University Press, 2018).

November 14, 2018

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • South Platte Room at Kearney Public Library