Last summer here, Humanities Nebraska Council speaker, Cherrie Beam-Callaway, presented one of three chapters from the trilogy of Irish immigrant, Mariah Monahan, who homesteaded in Nebraska during the 19th century. (Johnson Publications file photo)

Museum hosting Humanities Nebraska speaker

    Cherrie Beam-Callaway will present a program in two presentations this weekend on the historical, fact-based accounts of an Irish immigrant settling in Nebraska. The presentations are the last two chapters of a three-part series.  
    The presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska (HN), the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Chase County Historical Society as part of the HN Speakers Bureau.
    The trilogy began last summer with a presentation of “Promise in a New Land” at the Chase County Museum where Beam-Callaway began a living account of Irish immigrant Moriah Monahan, all the while speaking with an Irish accent.
    She presents her stories in Chautauqua-style, a theatrical monologue of a person in history while dressed in period clothing.
    Monahan crossed the ocean from Ireland in 1847 to settle in Nebraska.
    Her family was forced out of their homeland when the potatoes rotted in the ground leaving nothing to eat.
    Saturday evening, Beam-Callahan, in character as Monahan, will present the second in the trilogy series called “The Courage to Continue.”
    Chapter two of the trilogy takes up after Monahan and her family left Ireland.
    They traveled by ship, locomotive and wagon train to eventually homestead in Nebraska near a new town called Omaha.
    They suffered hardship and loss but always kept their eyes on their dream of homesteading in Nebraska.
    “The Courage to Continue” will tell the story about the family selling the eastern Nebraska homestead and settling in the Sandhills of western Nebraska as cattlemen.
    This presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on site at the Champion Mill.
    “Tables and chairs will be set up, and a sound system will be in place,” said Charley Colton, President of the Chase County Historical Society.
    Refreshments will also be provided.
Free transportation provided
    Colton said the Champion Mill does not have much room for parking, so people wanting to attend the Saturday presentation can park at the Chase County Museum, and the Chase County Transit bus will begin picking people up at 6:15 to transport them to the mill.
    “In case of inclement weather that evening, we will have the program at the Champion Community Center,” Colton added.

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