Support the Center for Great Plains Studies

Letter from Center Director Richard Edwards:

            I want to ask for your financial support for the Center for Great Plains Studies. Since 1976 the Center has provided a crucial rallying point for scholars studying the region and for outreach to share their discoveries. The University pays our salaries, but we depend on your support for the extra boost that can move the Center’s work from good to excellent.

            These past years the Center has been alive with projects, activities, and partnerships:

            • Our Great Plains Graduate Fellows program now includes more than a dozen bright and accomplished students.

            • In the Art Museum, our juried competition “Contemporary Indigeneity,” continues its biennial schedule.

            • We launched the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition to promote biodiversity conservation and build thriving communities. We featured Katie Nieland’s WPA-inspired images as postcards and posters [available at ], which the Library of Congress liked so much they wanted a set for their permanent collection.

            • We're producing the Discover the Great Plains book series, a collection of short work on several Great Plains topics intended for a general audience.

            • Our past few years of Great Plains symposia have covered topics such as Standing Bear, mapping, drought, ecotourism, and Neihardt.

            • The Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize is in its 13th year.

            Okay, you say, that’s last year, it’s done and paid for. What’re you going to do now?

            • We run a Great Plains lecture series, the Paul A. Olson Lectures that feature new Great Plains issues, important ideas, and interesting research.     

            • Our journals, Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research, are online (as well as in print) and available worldwide through Project MUSE.

            So, I ask you to support the Center via the University of Nebraska Foundation. We’ll use your money well. (Contributions to the University and University Foundation are typically tax-deductible.)

-- Richard Edwards Director

Supporter benefits

If you become a Friend of the Center, you will receive:

  • An email announcement of every Center event, including Olson Lectures, the annual Great Plains Symposium, and special events.
  • An email announcement when a new issue of Great Plains Quarterly or Great Plains Research is published, with the issue's Table of Contents; if you have access to Project MUSE (for example, through a university library), you will be able to read online any article that interests you.
  • Invitations to Great Plains Art Museum exhibition openings and special events.
  • The knowledge that you are helping to keep the Plains at the forefront of scholarship and policy.

Suggested giving levels:

  • Benefactor: $1,000
  • Patron: $500
  • Sponsor: $250
  • Sustaining: $150
  • Family: $75
  • Individual: $50