"Mari Sandoz: Crafting a Nebraskan Character"
An exhibition of historical clothing and other personal items once owned by Nebraska author Mari Sandoz is available for viewing through Sept. 7 on the second floor of the Home Economics Building on East Campus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. “Mari Sandoz: Crafting a Nebraskan Character” is hosted by the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences and is a partnership between the students of the TMFD graduate seminar, “Museums: Theory and Practice,” and the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society.
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[00:00:12.080]Hi, I'm Claire Nicholas.
[00:00:13.550]I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department
[00:00:15.560]of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design.
[00:00:18.150]I can't claim ownership of the idea,
[00:00:20.740]but it was seeded as part of a kind of
[00:00:23.800]partnership between TMFD-809,
[00:00:27.600]which is Museum Theory and Practice,
[00:00:30.180]it's a graduate seminar course,
[00:00:32.500]and the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society.
[00:00:35.730]So it was a partnership out of which
[00:00:38.500]the exhibition kind of emerged.
[00:00:41.350]Hello, my name is Jamison Wyatt,
[00:00:43.520]and I'm an Executive Officer
[00:00:45.230]with the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society.
[00:00:48.200]I love Mari Sandoz, and I
[00:00:51.460]want everyone to love Mari Sandoz as well.
[00:00:54.240]One of our board members, a long-time board member,
[00:00:58.010]the NET legend Ron Hull, always wants to remind us
[00:01:03.410]that he knew Mari Sandoz.
[00:01:05.180]He wants to remind us that Mari Sandoz
[00:01:06.680]loved the color brown,
[00:01:08.250]and I think that this exhibition it does nothing more.
[00:01:11.780]It reinforces to the public the fact that Mari, indeed,
[00:01:14.760]loved the color brown (laughs).
[00:01:16.400]She has a fairly distinctive, let's say range,
[00:01:20.840]in terms of her taste and loves the color brown.
[00:01:25.790]So it was sort of looking for clues about the person
[00:01:30.370]through analysis and study of the objects themselves.
[00:01:34.610]I'm Katie Francisco.
[00:01:36.010]I'm a graduate student in the department
[00:01:37.600]of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design.
[00:01:39.630]In kind of the time period when she was coming up,
[00:01:42.750]women in the business world in general
[00:01:44.470]were not taken very seriously
[00:01:46.740]or had to fight hard to be taken seriously.
[00:01:49.190]It helped in a sense that guarding her public persona
[00:01:52.560]was of utmost importance as a woman writer during that time.
[00:01:56.580]Being a writer she kind of turned herself into a character,
[00:02:01.570]and she used skills that writers use
[00:02:03.760]to build a character to create her persona,
[00:02:06.530]which was very cool.
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