Libbie Custer’s Story Focus of Frank House Presentation Tuesday, March 26

Sally McVey, Frank House administrative assistant, 308.865.8284

A Chautauqua-style program telling the story of Elizabeth “Libbie” Bacon Custer, the wife of Gen. George Armstrong Custer, will be presented at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Frank House.

Performing as “Libbie” will be Nebraska Humanities Council independent scholar and performer Marla Matkin of Hill City, Kan. The presentation is sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Kearney chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society in recognition of Women’s History Month. The event is free and open to the public.

“As ‘Libbie,’ Matkin introduces her audiences to the Civil War, the 7th Cavalry, the Kansas Plains, the Little Bighorn, and her husband and Golden Cavalier, General Custer,” said Sally Hale, administrative assistant for the Frank House. “Based on historical fact, the program is a personal account of the Custers from the first furtive glances of romance to Libbie’s last remembrances as widow, author and lecturer.”

Humanities Nebraska offers speakers on a wide variety of topics to any nonprofit organization or educational or governmental institution in the state to spark learning and discussion in schools, libraries, museums, senior centers and other venues. Authors, historians, scholars and other experts offer nearly 300 humanities programs through the Speakers Bureau.

The UNK Phi Alpha Theta chapter was founded in 1970, and has more than 387 members and alumni. The award-winning chapter has been active in presenting films, speakers and special events on campus, as well as organizing trips to conferences and museums.

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