Jeff Barnes

Jeff Barnes will present two programs, “Marking Nebraska: Our (Mostly) Hidden Historical Monuments” at 1:30 p.m. and “Bad Man in a Better Place: Jesse James in Nebraska” at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 at the Plainview Public Library.

These presentations, which are free to the public, are made, and have been made, possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Plainview Public Library Foundation and the Plainview Arts Council as part of the HN Speakers Bureau.

Jeff Barnes is a fifth-generation Nebraskan, a former newspaper reporter and editor, trustee with the Nebraska State Historical Society, past chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and former marketing director for the Durham Museum. He is the author of “Forts of the Northern Plains,” “The Great Plains Guide to Custer,” and “The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill.”

“Marking Nebraska: Our (Mostly) Hidden Historical Monuments” and “Bad Man in a Better Place: Jesse James in Nebraska” are two of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation.

Speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska. Each program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period. 

The most frequent users of the HN Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations.  Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the U.S. according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access the website at (Speakers section) or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail