On Wednesday our Noon Book Group will discuss My Antonia, Willa Cather’s classic novel about pioneers on the Nebraskan plains. Although a mainstay of junior high English classes, the book’s enduring characters and stunning, expansive landscape are well worth a second read.
Visit The Willa Cather Foundation website for the author’s biography, information about her home town of Red Cloud, and photographs of Cather and the Nebraskan prairie.
The Library of Congress’ Prairie Settlement Collection has a number of photographs of settlers, including images of dugout houses, like the ones that belonged to the Shimerda family.
This 1890s photograph of “Home Entertainment” is from North Dakota, not Nebraska, but I had to include it anyway.