Sara Crook as Barbara Bradway
The North Platte Public Library’s “Celebrate Nebraska 150” noon series continues on June 15 with “Nebraska’s Winding Road to Statehood: In the Footsteps of a Female Settler.”Funding for this free program od provided primarily by Humanities Nebraska.
In a first-person portrayal, Barbara Kagi Mayhew Bradway, a female settler, recounts the issues of Nebraska’s territorial days. She is portrayed by Sara Brandes Crook, who recounts Bradway’s impressions as an early permanent white settler. She also explores the Underground Railroad. Bradway was the older sister of John Kagi, who was a close confidant to John Brown.
Seat reservations are requested by the library. Please call the library at 535-8036, ext. 3310.
Sara Crook’s love of Nebraska history and Nebraska politics goes back to her childhood. As a farm girl growing up in a country church and attending a one-room country school in the 1950s and 60s, she developed a deep appreciation for Nebraska, and its people, that continues to this day.
Crook is a professor of political science and history at Peru State College. She has taught Nebraska History at the college since 1984. Dr. Crook served six years on the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Board of Directors; was on the Council for Humanities Nebraska for 7 years; and currently is serving a second term on the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission.
She is the chairwoman of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission, on the Executive Committee for the Nebraska 150 Foundation, as well as the Sesquicentennial Committee at Peru State, which is also celebrating its status as Nebraska’s first college this year.
She and other Sesquicentennial Commission members plan to take part in the NebraskaLand Days parade on June 17.