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Six Corners of Nebraska – Panhandle Southwest Corner
August 6, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Darrel Draper – Historical Reenactor (1:30 pm)
Nebraska History as Told by Peter Sarpy
(Synopsis): Dressed in period costume and speaking in his native French accent, “Peter Sarpy” describes the transformation of Nebraska from French colony to statehood. This dramatic one-act play uses humor, interactive audience participation and factual historical anecdotes to captivate youth and adult audiences alike. This living-history presentation is appropriate for schools, civic groups, churches, museums and festivals.
(Bio): Darrel W. Draper, a fifth generation Nebraskan, retired Navy officer and University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate, uses his talents as storyteller and actor to educate and entertain. He has performed for national and state government agencies, museums, schools, youth groups, festivals and is a popular banquet and luncheon speaker. He specializes in costumed portrayals of historical figures that played major roles in the events that shaped our state and nation. He is considered an expert on the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition and has personally retraced thousands of miles of their trail by canoe and on foot.
Cheryl Paden (1:30 pm)
“The Life and Loves of Bess Streeter Aldrich”
(Synopsis): Meet Bess Streeter Aldrich and learn of her life as a Nebraska author. Included in this presentation are her thoughts on prairie life, family, writing, Christmas and living your dreams. We will read from her work, look at her life events, and learn about the things that were closest to her heart. In her words, “Regardless of the popular literary trend of the times, write the thing which lies closest to your heart.”
(Bio): Cheryl Paden has worked as a freelance writer, publishing inspirational stories and non-fiction articles for the past 10 years. She is also a part-time pastor. A longtime fan of Bess Streeter Aldrich, Cheryl did further study in order to put together her presentation of Bess Streeter Aldrich for Six Corners of Nebraska.
Writers Workshop (confirmed):
- L. Sharp, Facilitator (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
The Rim of the Prairie: A Writing Practice Marathon
(Synopsis): “Regardless of the popular literary trend of the times, write the thing which lies close to your heart.” Bess Streeter Aldrich
“It seems to be characteristic of the amateur to write of things beyond his horizon. There is no doubt a psychological reason for this. Be that as it may, the young writer will find eventually that he can work with truth and sincerity only on the material with which he is familiar. One of my early stories concerned itself with a millionaire’s wife sojourning in the hills of Vermont. Now I have never been in the hills of Vermont although I am going there someday to see if by any chance I happened to describe them correctly. And my first-hand knowledge of millionaire’s wives has been somewhat limited. After many unsatisfactory trips, the story was purchased by a third-rate magazine which was more than the hollow tale deserved. I had not yet learned the lesson which the experience of later years brought; that a story rings most true when it is drawn from the limitations of our geographical, mental, or emotional boundaries.” Bess Streeter Aldrich, from an article in the Prairie Schooner, January, 1927.
Join N. L. Sharp in Kimball for a writing marathon. Through a series of writing prompts and timed writing sessions, writers will follow the advice of Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich to develop material that is sincere and true while exploring their own geographical, mental, and emotional boundaries.
(Bio): Nancy Sharp is an established children’s author from Fremont, Nebraska and the owner of the Nebraska-based publishing house, Prairieland Press.