Folk musician plays Chicoine Atrium

Folk musician Paul Siebert play a song Monday evening in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium. — Photo by Spike Jordan

Folk musician Paul Siebert play a song Monday evening in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium. — Photo by Spike Jordan

Musician and storyteller Paul Siebert performed Monday evening in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium.

A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist and performer based out of Lincoln, Siebert played the banjo, guitar, and hammer dulcimer and offered his repertoire of stories about Nebraska history, most of which were relayed through folk songs.

Seibert went into great detail explaining the origins of the seal that adorns the Nebraska state flag and told stories about the state’s history and heritage, from  homesteaders and blacksmiths, to the steamboats that traversed the waters of the Missouri river.

Siebert also talked about his own family, who had immigrated to Nebraska from Russia during the homesteading era and settled near the now abandoned town of Farmers Valley.

As blacksmiths by trade, Siebert’s family had an active role in forging the west through the often-overlooked art of metallurgy, a tradition that he carries on to this day.

The NeKota Reading Council sponsored Siebert’s performance with support from Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska State Reading Association.

Ann Petersen, Education Professor and NeKota Reading Council secretary, said Wednesday that Siebert had also performed earlier Monday at area intermediate schools to help foster literacy, reading, and creative story telling.

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