Brown Bag 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 the Nebraska State Historical Society at the Kearney Public Library.

Brown Bag Lunch Option 1

1,733 Miles from Where? Kearney, Nebraska's 1733 Identity

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Niobrara Room at Kearney Public Library
  • Presented by Dr. John T. Bauer

Kearney has long been known as the "Midway City" because of its location midway across Nebraska. The city is also associated with the number 1733 because, for over a hundred years, residents have claimed the city is midway across the continent; exactly 1,733 miles from both San Francisco and Boston. This 1733 measurement has undoubtedly become an important part of Kearney's identity. 

But is this really true? Is Kearney really 1,733 miles from those two cities? Who measured this distance, when, and how? Come find out as we trace the origin of the 1733 idea and its use by early city residents, Lincoln Highway promoters, and even modern-day business leaders.

February 14, 2018

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • South Platte Room at Kearney Public Library
  • Presented by David Vail

April 11, 2018

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • South Platte Room at Kearney Public Library
  • Presented by Todd Von Kampen