She found that the old traditional songs that tell stories (ballads) often tell the story of our ancestors and how their trials and their endurance shaped life on the Plains.
She served as principal consultant for the NETV documentary film “Sharpie: Born To Fly.” Cherrie Beam-Callaway doesn’t lack for stories as she has spent nearly 25 years gathering and recording historic tales from Nebraska families.
In addition to fiddle and harmonica, Bill plays the mountain dulcimer and is a three-time Midwest dulcimer champion. (1999) in US military history under Pete Maslowski.
He has done extensive research into the history and playing styles of this American folk instrument. Since 1999, Berg has taught at UNL courses in American history, European military history, US military history, and the Second World War.
His topics range from America’s wars to presidential campaigns, from journalism to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Pat is a native Nebraskan, a writer, and a musician with an interest in her historical heritage.