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A Better Man in a Better Place: Jesse James in Nebraska

  • Class Type: Personal Enrichment
  • Location: Grand Island
  • Start Date: November 04, 2023
  • Time: 2 p.m.

Western history author and lecturer Jeff Barnes brings the life and legend of the notorious Jesse James to the Grand Island Campus. This free presentation covers the outlaw and his family’s several visits to the Cornhusker State, from the 1860s until just before his assassination in 1882. The notorious Jesse James typically isn’t thought of in connection with Nebraska but he was here. Nebraska was where he could find family and friends, where he could plan robberies, make a recovery or an escape, and where he even could sit for his most famous photograph. He wanted to buy a farm here and some even say he started a family here. This 45-minute presentation includes rarely seen images and seldom-heard stories of James, with the opportunity for questions afterward. This Humanities Nebraska-sponsored talk is free and open to the public.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Jeff Barnes writes and lives in Omaha. He is a former board trustee with the Nebraska State Historical Society, former chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and a frequently requested speaker with Humanities Nebraska.

CODE: 9000 CGE15

Class Details

  • Instructor: Jeff Barnes
  • Cost: Free
  • Address:
    3134 W. Highway 34
  • Location: CCC-Grand Island


For more information, contact Margaret Williams at 308-398-7441; toll-free in Nebraska at 1-877-222-0780, ext. 7441; or She also will take your registration if you prefer not to register online.

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