NOTE: The Graves Lecture Series for the spring semester has been canceled.
CHADRON – The Spring 2020 Graves Lecture Series will feature Chadron State College faculty, staff, and alumni. Each lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center’s Chicoine Atrium. The events are free and open to the public.
Beginning March 17, Tena Cook, Dr. David Nesheim, and Dr. Kim Madsen will lead a panel discussion, “A Stitch in Time,” about an historical quilt. Nesheim will provide insight into the importance of family antiques, while Madsen will address the importance of vintage quilting.
Cook’s grandmother designed and sewed a 59-inch by 92-inch quilt to celebrate the 14 Post Offices in Niobrara County, Wyoming, that received and delivered airmail during National Air Mail Week in 1938. Later that year, the quilt became the centerpiece for the Niobrara County booth at the Wyoming State Fair. Cook will also share hand drawn patterns and commemorative envelopes.
On March 24, Michael Sandstrom, a CSC graduate, will give a lecture, “William Charles Herman: From Western Nebraska to the Western Front.” Sandstrom is a teacher and coach at Chadron High School. He was named the 2019 Nebraska State History Teacher of the Year, and was selected as a WWI Teacher Ambassador. This honor allowed him to travel to France where he conducted research on WWI and Herman, a local soldier who fought and died in the war.
The spring series will end April 7. The featured speaker will be Dr. Susan Schaeffer, who will present “The Mental Health Stigma.” She will offer a definition of mental health and present issues that have led to the stigma that mental health has endured. She will share the history of how mental illness and mental health is viewed currently and address stigmas people with mental illnesses and practitioners face.
—Olivia Bryant, College Relations