It’s finally time for Nerd Nite in Abilene!  We will premiere on April 25 at the Great Plains Theatre.  Doors open at 7:00pm, presentations begin at 7:30pm.  During the night, three presenters will speak on orphan trains, soil, and geek culture.

“History of the Orphan Trains” presented by Amanda Wahlmeier will cover the history of the Orphan Trains from 1854 – 1929, and how this movement helped shift American society from placing orphaned and abandoned children in orphanages to placing them with individual families.  Wahlmeier has served as curator for the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia since January 2012, and had this to say, “This movement was such an important part of American history, I love that I have the opportunity to preserve it.”

“The Dirtiest Presentation Ever” by Austin Bontrager.  With degrees in Environmental Soil Science and Agronomy, Austin Bontrager knows quite a bit about dirt.  In his presentation, Bontrager will focus on the life of soil, what we can learn from studying soils, and why it is such an invaluable resource.

“Comic-Con International and the Geekification of America” by Kevin Dilmore.  When San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con drew all of 300 people in 1970, organizers never imagined they were laying the groundwork for what now is arguably the largest annual pop-culture event in the world.  Join Abilene native, author and Comic-Con veteran Kevin Dilmore for a look inside Comic-Con International and how its 150,000 annual attendees help shape what we see from the movie, television, videogame and publishing industries.

Be sure to come out to the Great Plains Theatre on April 25 for Nerd Nite, doors open and drinks are served at 7:00pm, presentations begin at 7:30pm.  Admission is free.  Be there and be square.

This program is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions, and ideas that shape our lives and build community.  Nerd Nite is also sponsored by the Dickinson County Historical Society, Great Plains Theatre, and Keller Photography & Design.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and RSVP here.