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Professor to be Recognized for Commitment to Native American History


The Nebraska State Historical Society will honor John Wunder, author and emeritus professor of history and journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with the Addison E. Sheldon Memorial Award October 14.

Wunder will be getting this award for his “work in the preservation and interpretation of state history. He has taught Nebraska, Great Plains and Native American history for 23 years,” stated a press release.

He either wrote or co-authored a number of books and essays including “Nebraska Moments,” “The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854,” and “Always on My Mind; Frederick Douglass’s Nebraska Sister.”

In February, Wunder gave a lecture at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah titled “Law & Indigenous Treaties: Respecting the Continuing Legacy of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868.”

View that lecture in its entirety on the BYU website.

Wunder will receive his award October 14 at the society’s 133rd annual meeting and awards luncheon at noon at the Holiday Inn, at Ninth and P streets in Lincoln, Nebraska. To register for the luncheon, which is $25, call 402-471-3272 or e-mail

Other award winners who will be honored that day include Mary and Doug Lienemann, Peter Bleed, Mary Lou Green, Amy Helene Forss and the Nebraska Capitol Commission.