UNK grad Autumn Langemeier discussing new Historical Marker Equity Program at March 8 event

WHAT: Brown Bag Lecture Series

HOSTED BY: UNK Department of History

TITLE: “Make My Mark Upon the Plains: Historical Marker Equity in Nebraska”

Autumn Langemeier

TOPIC: Historical markers are some of the most well-loved features of Nebraska’s landscape. They highlight the stories of communities and individuals within Nebraska’s complex history. The Historical Marker Program has evolved since its founding in the 1950s. Historically, this program was seemingly closed off or unattainable for many in the state. The Historical Marker Equity Program is a new program that was developed to offer improved access for underrepresented communities and fields of Nebraska history. Autumn Langemeier will discuss the history of Nebraska’s Historical Marker Program, the new Historical Marker Equity Program, and why historical markers matter not only to Nebraskans as individuals but also to the citizens of Nebraska as a whole.

PRESENTER: Langemeier is a two-time graduate of UNK with a Bachelor of Arts in history and psychology with a minor in women’s and gender studies and a Master of Arts in history. Her research mainly focuses on women’s domestic history, textiles and material culture. An exhibit she helped design, One Story, Two Sides: Ella Frank’s Wedding Day, can be viewed at the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture on the UNK campus. She began her current work at History Nebraska in December 2021 as coordinator of the new Historical Marker Equity Program.

TIME: Noon

DATE: Wednesday, March 8

PLACE: Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Ave.

CONTACT: Nathan Tye, assistant history professor, 308.865.8860, tyen@unk.edu