Storyteller and educational speaker Cherrie Bean-Callaway will be speaking at the Chase County Museum Sunday at 2 p.m. on the 150th birthday of the Oregon Trail. (Courtesy photo)

Nebraska storyteller to speak at Chase County Museum Sunday

    Humanities Nebraska speaker Cherrie Beam-Callaway will be presenting a program called “Promise in a New Land” on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chase County Museum in Champion.
    The presentation is being made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Lied Imperial Public Library and the Kermit Karns Endowment as part of the HN Speakers Bureau.
    Callaway is a captivating speaker with an Irish brogue who gives a realistic account of homesteading in Nebraska. She speaks in first-person character as Mariah Monahan, a Nebraska settler living between 1847 and 1870.
    She gives her presentation wearing period dress, and expertly transports her audience back to a time that paints a mental picture of what life would have been like as a new settler. The program is expected to be entertaining for all ages.
    Callaway has been a speaker for 35 years, traveling Nebraska and neighboring states teaching over 100,000 children and adults.
    On the 150th birthday of the Oregon Trail, she spent nearly a month traveling across Nebraska on a wagon train as a storyteller.
    Callahan is a 5th generation Nebraskan with 12 sets of family, including five sets of grandparents that homesteaded in western Nebraska. She said that one of her fondest childhood memories was staying in her grandparents’ sod house.
    “The Promise In A New Land” is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. There are more than 165 available speakers including acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation.
    Also on display at the museum this Sunday will be Chase County Schools’ Nebraska State Fair Sesquicentennial exhibits. There will be other displays at the museum as well.

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