Novelist and historian Melissa Amateis will come to the Columbus Public Library on Saturday, December 11th at 2 pm to discuss World War II. Even though the fight against the Axis required sacrifice and dedication, Nebraskans proudly answered the call.
Three ordinance plants and two naval munitions depots brought employment and economic opportunities, but also housing shortages and racial disturbances. The U.S. Army Air Corps established eleven air bases here, leading to community engagement through USOs and war bond drives. In central Nebraska, the North Platte Canteen welcomed thousands of service members en route to war on troop trains. Henry Doorly's successful scrap campaign became a model for a nationwide operation. Local farmers fed the nation, K-9 war dogs trained at Fort Robinson, and native sons Ben Kuroki and Andrew Higgins affected the war in very different ways. Through detailed archival research, author Melissa Amateis tells the remarkable story of the Cornhusker State's homefront. Bring your friends and family for this memorable talk. Treats will be served!