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University of Nebraska-Lincoln students will hold a History Harvest on Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Wilber Cultural Center in downtown Wilber, NE (110 W. Third St.). This event is open to the public.  Anyone with materials or stories that can add to Nebraska’s Czech history is invited to participate in this free event.  We encourage participants to bring materials that include, but are not limited to, diaries, photographs, letters, maps, images, war memorabilia, and other family heirlooms. During the event, students will digitally document these items. Following the harvest, the students will make these digitized Nebraska-Czech history artifacts available in a web-based archive for schools, universities, and interested citizens.

University of Nebraska at Kearney students will hold a History Harvest on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Custer County Historical Society in downtown Broken Bow. Please bring your family heirlooms and stories about your family history and the history of Custer County.

The History Harvest is an open, digital archive of historical artifacts gathered from communities across the United States. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History partners with institutions and individuals within highlighted communities to collect, preserve, and share their rich histories. Advanced undergraduates lead the History Harvest project and curate and digitize these artifacts and stories. We believe that our collective history is more diverse and multi-faceted than most people give credit for and that most of this history is not found in archives, historical societies, museums or libraries, but rather in the stories that ordinary people have to tell from their own experience and in the things - the objects and artifacts - that people keep and collect to tell the story of their lives. The History Harvest, then, is an invitation to local people to share their historical artifacts, and their stories, for inclusion in a unique digital archive of what we are calling the people’s history.

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