Learn about the life and works of Wright Morris, one of Nebraska's most famous authors who was reaised in central Nebraska
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
8:00 am – 5:45 pm
Tour starts at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 7007 Grover St, Omaha
$99 per person
Price includes coach transportation, driver gratuity, attraction admissions, tour guide fees, box lunch, and afternoon coffee and dessert.
Tour reservation deadline June 25, 2021 – payment due by June 25, 2021
Highlights: Private guided tour of Wright Morris boyhood home in Central City, Nebraka, with Wright Morris scholar and historian - Guided driving tour of area sites related to the writings of Wright Morris - Lunch at Episcopal church - Genoa US Indian School Foundation Museum - Tarnov Polish Museum in St. Michaels Catholic Church - Dessert and coffee in Tarnov
Today we travel to the rural farming areas of central Nebraska. Our two hour drive will end in Central City where we will meet our Wright Morris guide and historian, Nancy Johnson. First we explore the Wright Morris boyhood home which was the former residence of Will Morris and his son, Wright. They lived there five years before they moved to Omaha in 1919. Period furnishings and copies of his work are on display. Our next stop is the restored Cahow Barber Shop in Chapman, Nebraska. The Cahow Barber Shop is where Will Morris first met Wright’s mother, Grace Osborn; it also appears in his literary works and photographs. We will also visit the former John Patterson Law Office. It was built in 1872 and it is now the resource and archives center for the Lone Tree Society which is dedicated to preserving the childhood memories of Wright Morris. After lunch we depart Central City for the Genoa US Indian School Foundation Museum. A guide will share the history of the assimilation of the Nebraska Pawnee Indian youth by the federal government. The center itself was once an Indian boarding school for youth; it was operated from 1884 through 1934. The interpretive center displays original murals, tribal flags, a campus model, and many other exhibits. Our last stop is the historic 1901 St. Michaels Catholic Church in Tarnov, Nebraska. Learn about the rich Polish heritage of the community from a local historian. This history includes a World War II Air Force training mission which accidentally mistook the few lights of Tarnov as their night time target. The sleepy town was the only town in the continental United States to be bombed during the war. My Uncle Sy was stationed in England during this time and actually read about the incident in the English papers!