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

Dr. Nathan Tye (UNK)

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021
  • Noon–1:00 pm
  • Kearney Public Library

Wheel Towns: The History of Bicycling in the Platte Valley

Dr Nathan TyeNathan Tye is an assistant professor of history at UNK. Tye was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska. He holds a BA from Creighton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Tye specializes in Nebraska History, the history of the American West and Midwest, Labor History, Gender and Sexuality History, as well as Digital and Public History.

His research documents the fascinating but misunderstood lives of hobos, tramps, and other transient workers that traveled across the West and Midwest by hopping trains from the 1870s through 1930s.

Photo #1 is "Anderson Penny Farthing" courtesy of the Buffalo County Historical Society.

Photo #2 is "Anderson Tandem" courtesy of the Buffalo County Historical Society.

Photo #3 is "The Pacemaker" courtesy of History Nebraska.Anderson Penny Farthing - BCHS

Anderson Tandem - BCHS

The Pacemaker Cropped - History Nebraska

Upcoming Dates and Speakers

  • November 3, 2021: Broc Anderson (BCHS/UNK)
    "Nebraska Border Towns to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Before and After the Wounded Knee Massacre"
  • December 1, 2021: Autumn Langemeier (UNK)
  • January 5, 2022: April White (Frank Museum)
  • February 2, 2022: Dr. Carol Lilly (UNK)
    "Death and Cemeteries"
  • March 2, 2022: Vickie Schaepler (Japanese Hall Museum)
    "Japanese-Americans in Nebraska"
  • April 6, 2022: Dr. Catherine Biba (Hastings College)
    "Atomic Spinsters"
  • May 4, 2022: Dr. Will Stoutamire (UNK)