Monthly Archives: July 2015

Luxury and a Timeless Treasure on the Great Plains

On the Great Plains of Nebraska in August 2015, temperatures near 100 Degrees F. with humidity in the 70% range, and I’m feeling cool and comfortable in my air conditioned office trying to imagine the heat index in August 1939 and life prior to central air. Historical records report temperatures in the 90’s in central Continue Reading


St. Mary’s Church, Orleans, Nebraska and “the courage to start again”

My search for migrating warblers along the banks of the Republican River led me into Orleans, a village of 250 people, and then St. Mary’s, a Catholic Church set on a hillside overlooking the village. I’m interested in buildings constructed when immigrants crossed the prairie and stayed to build a town and especially historic church Continue Reading