Burt County Brass Quintet to Perform in Bancroft and Lyons This Sunday

By Gary Fugman
What could be better than a Christmas Brass Quintet concert?  A Christmas Brass Quintet concert with a Bell Choir!
Bring the whole family this Sunday, December 10 to the Neihardt Center in Bancroft at 2pm and the Lyons Library at 4pm.  There you will hear the sounds of Christmas performed by the Burt County Brass Quintet, Gary Fugman and Jim Groth, trumpets, Lisa Mutzenberger, French horn, Matt Smoot, trombone, Viktor Sundleaf, tuba and the Bancroft Melody Chimers, Nicki Sachs, Janice Daberkow, Gary Fugman, Sharon Fugman, Connie Bargman, Peggy Renz, Ruth Ann Bargman and Rachel Macklin with Ken Headlee, conductor.  Christmas favorites to be performed by the ensembles will include Silver Bells, Now is Born the Divine Christ Child, Little Drummer Boy, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Sleigh Ride, O Come, O Come Emanuel, Most of the Twelve Days of Christmas and Joy to the World.
At the Lyons Library on Sunday, refreshments will be served as the concert is a fund raiser for the Library.  Donations are encouraged.  The Burt County Brass Quintet is available for future concerts and occasions.  Please contact any member of the Quintet or call Pastor Gary Fugman at 402-349-1953 with your plans.
Enjoy the musical sounds of the season and Merry Christmas from the Burt County Brass Quintet and Bancroft Melody Chimers!

Burt County Brass Quintet to Open Christmas Concert Series Sunday in Oakland

The Burt County Brass Quintet will open its Christmas concert series this Sunday in Oakland.  All are invited to the wonderfully warm, best in the area for brass, acoustics of the Swedish Heritage Center on Highway 77 in Oakland Sunday, December 4 at 6:30pm.
There members of the Burt County Brass Quintet, Gary Fugman and Jim Groth, trumpets, Lisa Mutzenberger, French horn, Matt Smoot, trombone and Viktor Sundleaf, tuba will perform a concert celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, with musical selections including “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Most of the Twelve Days of Christmas”, and “Joy to the World”.  A fund raising dinner to support the Swedish Heritage Center will be held in the Center’s newly remodeled lower level prior to Sunday’s 6:30pm Christmas concert.
Future Burt County Brass Quintet Christmas concerts include Sunday, December 11 at 1pm at the John G. Neihardt Center in Bancroft and Sunday. December 11 at 5pm at the Lyons Library.  Both of these Christmas concerts will also feature the Bancroft Melody Chimers with the Quintet.  For more information about the Burt County Brass Quintet, please contact any Quintet member or call Pastor Gary Fugman at 349-1953.
Burt County Brass Quintet

Burt County Brass Quintet

Myron Heise, 82, of New York City NY, Formerly of Bancroft NE

Myron Heise, age 82, of New York City, New York formerly of Bancroft, Nebraska passed away at his home in New York City, NY. on July 18th, 2016.   Memorial date at Gallery 72 in Omaha, Nebraska has not been set.

He was born in Bancroft, Ne. to Ernest Heise and Margaret (English) Heise.  He was a well known artist at Neihardt Center in Bancroft, Ne., Mona Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, NE. and Gallery 72 in Omaha, Ne. He was an original member of the New York Street Painters.  Myron also served in the United States Army.

Survived by nephews: Warren (Debbie) Koehler of Omaha, Ne.; Kevin (Sonia) Koehler of Sioux Center, IA.; Gary (Kathy) Copple of Texas. Nieces: Charlene (Walt) Ogorek of Phoenix, AZ., Kaylene (“Bird”) Swanson of Oakland, NE., Connie (Ron) James of Bellevue, NE. and Vivian (Perry) Chandler of San Antonio, TX.    and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Ernest Heise, Jr.; sisters  Darlene Copple (Chuck) of Phoenix, AZ., Merle Harris, (Walt) of Omaha, Ne., Bonnie Koehler, (Wilmer) of Oakland and Neligh, Ne.
Myron Heise

Myron Heise

Neihardt Center Welcomes New Board Member

The Neihardt Foundation welcomes Pat Browning as a new board member. Pat and her husband, John, live on a farm south of Bancroft, where over the years they raised five children, cattle and generations of dogs and cats. Pat received an Education Specialist degree from Wayne State College, where she then taught psychology.

Earlier in her career she worked as a teacher/counselor at Walthill, where she had “the opportunity to learn more about Native American culture.” Pat first became acquaint- ed with the work of John G. Neihardt in the early 1970s through her neighbor, Irene Hammel. “Irene and my father-in-law remembered Neihardt as a common sight on the street in Bancroft, and I later saw old films showing him in front of the bank.”

Sunday Afternoon at the Museum at Neihardt State Historic Site

The Neihardt State Historic Site is offering two “Sunday Afternoon at the Museum” programs in March.  On March 8, 2015, Nebraska author and historian Melissa Amateis Marsh will discuss her research and publication Nebraska POW Camps:  A History of World War II Prisoners in the Heartland.  Ingeniously weaving fact and narrative, Marsh’s book tells the story of several camps in Nebraska—at Camp Atlanta, Fort Robinson, and Camp Scottsbluff—where Axis prisoners were held during World War II.  Reviewed in the latest volume of Nebraska History, the Nebraska State Historical Society quarterly, Sheryl Shmeckpeper of Norfolk Daily News writes, “Marsh’s book is a direct and easily readable account of a subject that has been long neglected.  It provides a glimpse into the camps—both the main camps and the satellite camps-scattered around the state.  It analyzes the reason for their existence, the daily life of the prisoners they held, and the impact of the camps and the prisoners on the area economy.  It also shares stories of the relationships forged between some of the prisoners and the Nebraskans they encountered.”


The following week, and just in time to kick off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Irish poet Desmond Egan will return to entertain us with poetry and story.   Egan lives in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland and visits the United States annually for a tour of readings and workshops. He appeared at the Neihardt Site in 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2014, and will be here once more on March 15 to share some of his new works. Egan is recognized as one of Ireland’s most distinguished poets, teaching literature and serving as poet-in-residence at University College in Dublin and creative director of the annual Gerard Manley Hopkins International Summer School.  He certainly has universal appeal, with over twenty collections of poetry and prose translated into a more than a dozen languages; one example is an anti-apartheid poem which graces Desmond Tutu’s bedroom wall. His most recent publication September Dandelion is a dual-language (English/Chinese) collection of poems published in China this past March.  His work has been the subject of two documentary films, he holds an honorary doctorate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and he continues to garner awards, such as the 2004 Macedonian Poetry Award.  His poetry is often humorous but more likely to be observations on the painful realities of poverty and war, such as his poem “Peace.”  Greatly influenced by American Jazz music, in the 1970s he used to come to New York to “starve about the place,” while absorbing the rhythms and nuances which color many of his works. Of his lighter pieces, among the most popular is his set of “Hokums,” an Irish blarney parody of Japanese Haiku poetry, a style he greatly admires for its simplicity and deep feeling.


Each presentation will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Neihardt State Historic Site.  General programs are free and open to the public with a reception following.  The John G. Neihardt State Historic site is located at 306 W. Elm Street in Bancroft, Nebraska. For information call 1-888-777-4667 or 402/648-3388 or e-mail at neihardt@gpcom.net.  Visit our website at www.neihardtcenter.org and Like us on Facebook.

March SAM Program Poster

A Musical Program on the Prairie Fiddle

The John G. Neihardt State Historic Site presents:  “A Musical Program on the Prairie Fiddle”

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, 2014, musicians Dave Fowler and Carolyn Johnsen will present various historical and romantic perspectives on the instrument we lovingly call the “fiddle” and its upscale cousin, the violin.  The program will include early Irish-American tunes, historically traditional Nebraska tunes, and a bit of bluegrass styling, as well as romantic tunes from barn dances, honky-tonk clubs, and gypsy cafes.  Dave Fowler will fiddle while Carlyn Johnsen accompanies him on the keyboard. These performers encourage you to come with your requests.  Be ready to enjoy an hour of lively, varied music in the intimate setting of the Neihardt Memorial Room, and share in the reception to be served after the program.  Also, if you have not yet viewed the fine exhibit of pastel art by the late Rev. F.W. Thomsen of Blair based on Black Elk’s Vision as told in Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks, this is a great time to do so.  Peruse our selection of books and CDs as well as local beadwork. The Neihardt State Historic Site is located at 306 W. Elm St., Bancroft, NE.  Both the program and reception are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 1-888-777-4667 or contact us through email at Neihardt @gpcom.net.  Join us on Facebook at John G Neihardt State Historic Site to stay informed about programming.

Neihardt poster

6th Annual Beer and Limerick Festival at Neihardt Center Saturday

  1. The 6th Annual Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Historic Ferguson House, 700 S. 16th St. in Lincoln, Nebraska from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sample craft beers and appetizers from area brew pub sponsors, and compete in the wildest beer-related limerick contest this side of Milwaukee. Tickets for this event are $25 for general admittance and $20 for Neihardt Foundation members. Attendees may purchase tickets at the door or in advance by contacting the Neihardt State Historic Site at 402-648-3388 or email. Must be 21 to participate; I.D. required. Verified designated drivers admission free. This event is a fundraiser for the John Neihardt State Historical Site, which honors the literary and thematic legacy of John G. Neihardt and preserves the heritage of the Great Plains and its great voices. Author of Black Elk Speaks and numerous other works of prose and poetry, John G. Neihardt is the Poet Laureate in Perpetuity of Nebraska. To commemorate his life and work, the John G. Neihardt State Historical Site was established on the site of his former home in Bancroft, Nebraska. And is under the management of the John G. Neihardt Foundation as a branch museum of the Nebraska State Historical Society.

For more information, please contact the Neihardt State Historic Site at 1-402-648-3388 or 1-888-777-4667 or by email at neihardt@gpcom.net. Visit the site at 306 W. Elm Street, Bancroft, NE.


Neihardt Center Limerick Festival

Tickets for the 6th Annual Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival are now available. This event, held at the Historic Ferguson House (700 S. 16th St.) in Lincoln, will take place Saturday, August 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Sample craft beers and appetizers and compete in the wildest beer-related limerick contest this side of Milwaukee! For more information, please call the Neihardt Site at 402-648-3388 or email us at neihardt@gpcom.net

49th Annual Neihardt Day

The 49th Annual Neihardt Day celebration is Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Neihardt State Historic Site at 306 W. Elm Street starting with catered lunch available from 11:30 a.m. with a program beginning at 1:30 p.m. Neihardt’s respect for the natural world is evident in his works; he had a keen knowledge of plants and animals, a close relationship with the western lands and Romantic reverence for the natural world, and an ability to translate landscapes into prose and poetry. Geography and landscape are important contexts -some might even say characters-in much of his work. Without such sublime stages-vast deserts, impassable mountains, and mighty waters, the journeys of his mythic heroes and anti-heroes would not have been as epic. Randy Lukasiewicz, Neihardt Foundation board member, will perform nature themed readings culled from a variety of Neihardt’s works. To celebrate Neihardt’s interest in the natural world, Otto Rosfeld, balladeer and poet from Valentine, NE, will consider mankind’s impact on the earth using songs, poems, and stories with environmental themes accompanied by acoustic guitar and prairie percussion instruments. Rachel Liester, owner of Red Road Herbs featured in the May/June issue of Nebraska Life, will be here with products and education about native herbs. Keeping with tradition, Ron Hull of NET will moderate. This event is free and open to the public. Old-fashioned and family friendly games will be set up on the grounds. Some bleacher seating is provided; bring lawn chairs. Lunch will be prepared by Coates Catering from Decatur. The day’s programming is sponsored by the Neihardt Foundation, Cuming County Visitors Bureau, and Humanities Nebraska.

Main Program

Neihardt Foundation General Membership Meeting Dr. Jon Cerny
Master of Ceremonies Ron Hull
Invocation Nancy Gillis
Welcome & Introductions Dr. Jon Cerny
Neihardt Reading Randy Lukasiewicz
Treading Lightly or Stomping Otto Rosfeld
Benediction “Black Elk’s Prayer,”John G. Neihardt

Tom May Coming to Neihardt Center

  1. Tom May, Afternoon of Folk Music, April 13, 2014On Sunday, April 13th, a special Sunday Afternoon at the Museum program will highlight the exceptional talents of world renowned and acclaimed folksinger Tom May a dual program at 2:00 pm at the Neihardt State Historic Site in Bancroft, NE. It has been a few years since this fine performer has graced the Neihardt Center stage. May has always been staunch supporters of all things Neihardt; often garnering inspiration from his early works. Tom May, creator and host of River City Folk radio and television programs, is a singer, songwriter, and author originally from western Nebraska, who toured with Gordon Lightfoot and has headlined a special series of concerts with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. His fine baritone voice is supported by twelve string guitar, and occasionally an Irish pennywhistle harkens back to the time period settings of many of his songs. He is the author of Promoting Your Music: The Lovin’ of the Game. Check out his website at www.tommayfolk.com>.

    The program is free and open to the public. A reception will be held after the program and performer CDs will be available for sale and signing.

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