The North Platte Public Library continues its Nebraska Celebrate 150 series with Karen Drevo as Prairie Pioneer Maria Rodaway on June 1.The program will begin at noon. Admission is free, but please call ahead so the library can arrange seats.
Maria (portrayed by her great-great granddaughter in period attire) looks back at her life as a prairie pioneer in Otoe County, where she homesteaded in 1867.
Maria crossed the Atlantic Ocean with seven children to reunite her family after a 7½ year separation. She endured grasshoppers, hail, drought, tornadoes, blizzards, as well as the loss of her husband and 6 of her 13 children, as she worked to become a citizen and a landowner in a new country.
Resilient and resourceful, she lived a life of usefulness to her family and large circle of friends, with her loving deeds and kind acts, delivering babies and nursing the sick.
Seven generations of Karen Wyatt Drevo’s family have lived in Otoe County.
Karen grew up on a farm north of Unadilla and received her early education in one-room Otoe County schools. She has degrees in English and history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
She currently lives in Norfolk, where she is a librarian at Norfolk Public Library. Her life-long interest in her family history was sparked by the family stories told by her grandmothers.
The library requests that people call the library to reserve seats for this free program, since seating is limited. Please call 308-535-8036, Ext. 3310.
Humanities Nebraska provides major funding for this program with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.