Nebraska author, Jeff Barnes had a blast from the past during the Nebraska City Rotary meeting over the noon hour on Wednesday, April 18, at the Eagles Club. Barnes, as some may know, is a former newspaper reporter and editor for the News Press in the 80's.

The book 150@150 was the focus of Barnes' presentation for those attending. 150@150 is a celebration of the grand architecture in Nebraska, with the first "150" standing for 150 buildings/places and the second "150" standing for Nebraska's 150th anniversary of statehood. The book is filled with beautifully photographed landmarks and buildings that are some of the earliest buildings constructed in Nebraska. 150@150 features some of Nebraska's most recognizable landmarks such as the home of Buffalo Bill in Norfolk or the Joslyn Castle in Omaha; and it compares the old influential structures to the innovative newer engineered structures that are being designed today. "If I had to choose a favorite, it would be the Nebraska State Capital where I met my wife where she worked as a tour guide," said Barnes. "The building tells a story about how Nebraska came to have it's laws."

Being a freelance writer and a born-and-raised Nebraskan, Jeff Barnes is also a board trustee of the Nebraska State Historical Society, past chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and former marketing director for the Durham Museum. Barnes also is the author of "Forts of the Northern Plains," "The Great Plains Guide to Custer," "The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill," and many others.
For more information about Jeff Barnes and his books, contact him via his website at