Six Corners Panhandle


Kimball Public Library

208 S Walnut St

Kimball, NE


August 5, 2017


12:30 pm        Readings by Nebraska Authors

  1:30 pm       Nebraska History as Told by Peter Sarpy

                                by Darrel Draper

                                Historical Reenactor

Dressed in period costume and speaking in his native French accent, “Peter Sarpy” describes the transformation of Nebraska from French colony to statehood. This dramatic one-act play uses humor, interactive audience participation and factual historical anecdotes to captivate youth and adult audiences alike. This living-history presentation is appropriate for schools, civic groups, churches, museums and festivals.

Darrel W. Draper, a fifth generation Nebraskan, retired Navy officer and University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate, uses his talents as storyteller and actor to educate and entertain. He has performed for national and state government agencies, museums, schools, youth groups, festivals and is a popular banquet and luncheon speaker. He specializes in costumed portrayals of historical figures that played major roles in the events that shaped our state and nation. He is considered an expert on the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition and has personally retraced thousands of miles of their trail by canoe and on foot.

2:30 pm          Readings by Nebraska Authors

3:30 pm          The Life and Loves of Bess Streeter Aldrich by Cheryl Paden


Meet Bess Streeter Aldrich and learn of her life as a Nebraska author. Included in this presentation are her thoughts on prairie life, family, writing, Christmas and living your dreams. We will read from her work, look at her life events, and learn about the things that were closest to her heart. In her words, “Regardless of the popular literary trend of the times, write the thing which lies closest to your heart.”

Cheryl Paden has worked as a freelance writer, publishing inspirational stories and non-fiction articles for the past 10 years. She is also a part-time pastor. A longtime fan of Bess Streeter Aldrich, Cheryl did further study in order to put together her presentation of Bess Streeter Aldrich for Six Corners of Nebraska.

4:30 pm        “Future Great Writers of Nebraska”

                         Awards and Reading


Other Opportunities:

12:00 – 5:00 Nebraska authors will be available at tables to personally visit with the public

  1:00 – 5:00 N. L. Sharp, Facilitator will facilitate –

The Rim of the Prairie: A Writing Practice Marathon”

Pre-registration encouraged/12 participant maximum