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. #HistoryRemembered

Brown Bag Lunch Option 1

Cole Kruger (UNK)

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Noon–1:00 p.m.
  • Kearney Public Library

This presentation will examine the over 12,000 German and Italian prisoners of war in Nebraska that filled labor voids in everything from farm work to skilled labor positions, such as carpenters and auto mechanics.

Cole Kruger is serving as a lecturer at the University of Nebraska and is a doctoral candidate in United States history at Kansas State University. His research interests have focused on POWs. He examines their labor utilization throughout the U.S. during World War II, highlighting mutually beneficial relationships, labor strife, racial tensions, and potential violations of the Geneva Convention of 1929.

Catherine Biba (Hastings College)

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020
  • Noon–1:00 p.m.
  • Kearney Public Library