In March of 2006 we learned that Sallie was the Nebraska winner of a contest, "Letters About Literature," sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Nebraska Center for the Book,
Target Stores, and the Nebraska Library Commission.
We parents didn't even know that she had entered the contest, and we had
never seen her entry, but we were told that we would be meeting Governor Heineman in a presentation ceremony.
Our invitation was just a sort of off-hand verbal "by the way" from
Sallie. So, we showed up at the appointed time and place.
The agenda actually had three parts, in three places: The proclamation by the
Governor, in the Capitol; lunch and awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Library
Commission and the Nebraska Center for the Book, at the Cornhusker Marriot; and
the signing and acceptance of the letters into the Heritage Room of Bennett Martin Public Library.
Click on the little picture to get a bigger version.
First stop: the Capitol
the big tall building
The floor of the Rotunda
Greeted by the Director and the Judge
The ceiling of the Warren Chamber. This was the "other" chamber; before
Nebraska became a unicameral state
Rod Wagner, Director of the Nebraska Library Commission, middle school and elementary winners, Governor Heineman, another middle school winner, Sallie, Wanda,
Larry, and Sallie's Chemistry teacher, Mr. Putnam. Sorry, other winners - I'm not sure
who's who, but the names are: Ellen Muehling, Connor Goecke, Cody Sedlacek, Melissa West,
and Julia Stanislav.
A detail of the Proclamation
Another detail of the Proclamation
Sallie and Mr. Putnam look at the busts
Susette LaFlesche Tibbles, Indian Spokeswoman, Artist, Writer
At the luncheon, Sallie listens while Rod Wagner speaks
The Judge speaks about Sallie's work
Sallie describes her letter to the Curator of the Heritage Room
Sallie presents her letter to the Heritage Room
Nebraska authors: Willa Cather
Bess Streeter Aldrich, "a writer of potboilers", according to Wanda
A work by Weldon Kees
Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate of the United States. This video was one of Sallie's
An Italian Renaissance ivory-inlaid desk, brought to Nebraska by the publisher who
founded the Heritage Room
Another of Sallie's awards
and another one