Nebraska Authors

Donald R. Hickey

Born 1944 IL (USA)

Hickey portrayed Alexander Hamilton for three summers 1988-1990 for the Great Plains Chautauqua in Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota as well as Oklahoma. His 1992 book, Nebraska Moments grew out of columns he wrote for Senior Life in Nebraska, a periodical that his wife publishes. The much admired book has been described as a collection of vignettes of Nebraska history for the general reader. A new version of the book, with new co-authors Susan A. Wunder and John R. Wunder, came out in 2007.

Places Lived

Wayne, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Nebraska History; Western History; Creative Nonfiction; Essays


BA, 1966, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MA, 1968, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
PhD, 1972, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Professor of history

Places Worked

Wayne State College, Wayne, NE


Nebraska 150 Books honor for Nebraska Moments, 2017
NEH Research Fellowship for College Teachers 1988
History Book Club selected War of 1812 for book club edition
Speaker at the 1987 meeting of the American Historical Association


Member NWG


War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict. 1989.
Nebraska Moments: Glimpses of Nebraska's Past.. 1992.
Nebraska Moments: Glimpses of Nebraska's Past. (new expanded version with Susan A. Wunder and John R. Wunder) 2007.

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