150 Years of Nebraska Storytelling

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August 6, 2017 – August 8, 2017 all-day
Ponca State Park
88090 Spur 26 E
NE 68770-0688
$85. Discount for students and educators.
Lynn Mellick

Join us Aug. 6-8 for “150 Years of Nebraska Storytelling: A Conference Celebrating Nebraska History through Literature” at Ponca State Park!

At this fun three-day event, you will explore Nebraska history and the art of storytelling through presentations by more than 15 accomplished Nebraska authors, fiction and poetry readings and writer’s workshops at one of the state’s most scenic parks. This event was selected by a governor-appointed commission as an official event celebrating Nebraska’s sesquicentennial.

Speakers include:

  • Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen
  • NET broadcasting legend Ron Hull
  • Neihardt biographer and journalist Tim Anderson
  • Historian Jeff Barnes
  • Fiction and nonfiction writer Karen Shoemaker
  • Nonfiction writer Preston Love Jr.
  • Poet Neil Harrison
  • Poet J.V. Brummels
  • Living history performer Brad Kellogg
  • And others

The schedule includes author presentations; fiction and poetry workshops; fiction, nonfiction and poetry readings; living history performances; oral storytelling by traditional Lakota storyteller Jerome Kills Small; a guided hike and boat tour; and more. There will also be time to meet and talk with the authors.

The three-day conference fee is $85, all meals included. Lodging is an extra fee. Guests are not required to lodge at Ponca State Park.

A 20 percent discount will be offered to students and educators who will be commuting daily to and from the conference; students and educators who will be lodging at the park will receive a 30 percent discount, ID proof required.

Registration opens June 5. Spaces are limited. To register, call the park at 402-755-2284.

When you register, ask about your lodging options. Ponca State Park offers four-bedroom mini lodges, two-bedroom green cabins, and RV and tent camping in a beautiful Missouri River setting.

A park entry permit is required. For additional details about this event, contact Lynn Mellick at or call 402-755-2284.

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