Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Nebraska Spirit: The North Platte Canteen

The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City Nebraska will host a program entitled “Nebraska Spirit:  The North Platte Canteen” by Charlotte Endorf on Saturday January 24th at 2:00 p.m. 

During World War II, American soldiers from across the country rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to Europe and the Pacific.  Learn the story of the community that turned a railroad depot into a legend and touched the lives of more than six million soldiers from 1942 to 1946.

Charlotte Endorf is a lifelong Nebraskan, a member of Toastmasters International (earning the Distinguished Toastmaster award twice), and specializes in speaking to elementary schools, museums, town festivals and the elderly throughout Nebraska. Charlotte has authored nine books on the Orphan Train, the North Platte Canteen and her journeys.  She also developed a documentary on the Orphan Train riders for the Madison County Historical Society.  After a trip to New York City she and an actual orphan train rider created a poetry CD of history and their time together.  She was nominated by the Madison County Historical Society and named by American Mothers, Inc. as the 2011 Nebraska Mother of the Year.  Her family developed Nebraska’s second Free Little Library in their own front yard.

The program is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska and through the HN Speakers Bureau. Speakers Bureau connects Nebraskans with over 165 authors, historians, scholars, musicians, and storytellers who give performances and speak on topics as diverse as the immigrant experience, Great Plains history, world folk music, Nebraska literature, international law, and Native American culture. The Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau is the largest of its kind in the United States.

All presentations last for approximately thirty minutes to an hour and include time
for questions from the audience. Programs are available for any non-profit or educational
organization in the state and can be tailored based on the age and size of the audience.
More information about how to book speakers through the Humanities Nebraska
Speakers Bureau can be found online at www.humanitiesnebraska.org.

This is a One Book One Siouxland presentation.

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