Apr 29 – Explore the Personal Letters of Willa Cather


 

The electronic digitization and release of the personal letters of famous Nebraskan author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Willa Cather will be the subject of a presentation at Homestead National Monument of America by University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) scholars Andrew Jewell, Emily Rau, and Melissa Homestead.  They will be presenting their exciting work with these letters at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center outside Beatrice, Nebraska.

More than 400 of Willa Cather’s personal letters were put online by UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities in January, with additional letters published to the Willa Cather Archive (https://cather.unl.edu) in the months since. The Center’s goal is to have 1,500 of the 3,074 known letters online before the end of the year.  Cather had originally instructed that her letters not be published after her death, but that ban was lifted in 2011.

“Willa Cather, who is closely linked to our Nation’s epic homestead story, is a Nebraskan name known across the world,” Homestead National Monument of America Superintendent Mark Engler stated.  “Many of her stories focus on the experiences of homesteaders under the Homestead Act of 1862, and frequently her writing reflects this history.  We are excited to learn more about her from these world-class Cather scholars.”

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2018. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.

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