Broc Anderson discussing Kearney’s history to kick off sesquicentennial celebration

This illustration provides an aerial view of Kearney in 1881. (Library of Congress)
This illustration provides an aerial view of Kearney in 1881. (Library of Congress)

WHAT: Brown Bag Lecture Series

HOSTED BY: UNK Department of History

TITLE: “Kearney’s 150 Years”

TOPIC: Kearney’s identity in the 21st century remains deeply intertwined with its history. In 1873, Kearney was no different than other communities established along the transcontinental railroad. But as the years progressed, Kearney grew because of economic investment and its political landscape, as well as newly established educational institutions and interconnected networks that increased the city’s role in a globalizing world. This presentation is an overview of Kearney’s past as we enter 2023, the city’s sesquicentennial year, and it will introduce the events and projects planned to honor that local history.

PRESENTER: Broc Anderson is the community engagement director for Buffalo County Historical Society at the Trails and Rails Museum in Kearney. The Alliance native earned a bachelor’s degree in social science education from Chadron State College and graduated in May with a Master of Arts in History from UNK. He was selected as the 2020-21 recipient of the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society’s Mari Sandoz Research Award and was named Graduate Student of the Year by the UNK Office of Graduate Studies and Academic Outreach in October.

TIME: Noon

DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 11

PLACE: Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Ave.

CONTACT: Nathan Tye, assistant history professor, 308.865.8860,