Because of the Overland Trails, Chimney Rock has long been a symbol of Nebraska history. While that’s appropriate, Nebraska has many other stories that are important to regional and national history. In this program, Dan Holtz, accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica, sings original songs that tell stories of important people, places, and events in Nebraska’s compelling and fascinating history. His songs tell stories about out-of-the-ordinary homesteaders, heroic Native Americans, World War II heroes, Nebraska’s natural and scenic wonders, and more.
Dan Holtz has presented his musical, historical, story-telling programs hundreds of times all across Nebraska, including performances at the State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, the Bob Devaney Sports Center, Homestead National Monument, the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, Chimney Rock, the Joslyn Art Museum, and Ft. Robinson. He also performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for Nebraska State Day in 1999, and, along with the band Flatwater Highway, released in 2016 a second CD of his music titled All Original, All Nebraska. His first CD, Welcome to Historic Nebraska, was released in 2002.
Dr. Holtz is also an emeritus professor of English from Peru State College, Peru, NE, where he taught from 1987 to 2016 and a past president of the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees. In addition, he is a recipient of the Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award and the Addison E. Sheldon Memorial Award for the preservation and interpretation of Nebraska history.
In 2004, he was a bonus-round winner on the Wheel of Fortune television game show. He lives in Nebraska City with his wife, Alice.