Brown Bag History Series

Bring your lunch and learn! These seasonally recurring events bring highly qualified speakers to the library to share varied topics of cultural, historical, or scientific interest. These free programs are a partnership of the University of Nebraska at Kearney's History Department and the Kearney Public Library. #HistoryRemembered

These events are live streamed on the library's YouTube channel. You can watch them live or view past events. Find them here: Brown Bag History Series - YouTube

Brown Bag Lunch Option 1

10_Monkey Cage, Snake Cage, Bear DenDr. William Stoutamire and Logan Osmera

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2024
  • Noon–1:00 pm
  • Kearney Public Library

"Everything That's Curious is Grist for My Mill:" A History of Jenner's Park in Loup City, Nebraska

Founded by wealthy British immigrants, Jenner's Park operated in Loup City until 1941 as a popular destination for entertainment and education for rural Nebraskans. The park housed exotic wildlife, Egyptian mummies, and a museum styled after the British Museum. It displayed artifacts from all over the world, including ancient cuneiform tablets, Chinese armor, and Congolese spears. This talk will discuss the story behind the park, exploring how it serves as a fascinating microcosm of the colonialist museums popular in the early twentieth century.

Stoutamire-Will_pp_webDr. William F. Stoutamire is an Associate Professor of History at UNK, where he coordinates the undergraduate Public History minor and online MA in Public History. His research focuses on the history of early museums and archeology in the US West. He is Logan’s advisor.

Logan OsmeraLogan Osmera is a senior at UNK majoring in History with minors in International Relations and Public History, currently studying for a future career in the Public History field. He currently works at the G.W. Frank Museum and is an active member of Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club.


Upcoming Dates and Speakers

  • Wednesday, April 10: Broc Anderson (UNK/BCHS) — The Red Shirt Winter Count
  • Wednesday, May 8: Paige Weaver (UNK)