Nebraska Authors

Duane Hutchinson

Born 1929-06-16 Elgin (near), NE (USA)

Died 2007-03-05

Pastor Hutchinson is locally famous for his story-telling programs and teaching for children. He is especially known for his ghost stories. His sources include fairy tales, folklore, history, and literary sources like Tolstoy. He cites Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" broadcast, when he was 9 years old, as a profound influence, as he woke to the fact that it was a farce.
In the 1980's, Hutchinson was said to average 750 storytelling programs a year. He was a storyteller and artist-in-the-schools with Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota Arts Councils.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Wayne, NE
Kearney, NE
Chester, NE
Washington, D.C.

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Other


Storytelling; Biography; Religion; Ghost Stories; Children's Literature


High school at the Berea Foundation School in Kentucky
Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Nebraska, Kearney
Master of Divinity in Theology, Southern Methodist University
Master of Arts in English, University of Nebraska, Lincoln



Places Worked

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Wesleyan Foundation Clergyman in Nebraska, Indiana and Texas


Nebraska Library Association's Mari Sandoz Award 1998
Governor's Artist of the Year Award


Befriended by Henrietta Child, 'Walking Storyteller of Appalachia' and daughter of folklorist Francis Child of Harvard University


Jimmy Carter's Hometown: People of the Plains. 2003.
Doc Graham, Sandhills Doctor. 1970.
Matt: The History of Lewis Edward Mattingly, 1904-1985. 1995.
Sister Augusta From Famey Farm.
Images of Mary. 1971.
Exon: Biography of a Governor. 1973.
Pastor Pete: Nebraska Campus Pastor. 1975.
Savidge Brothers: Sandhills Aviators. 1982.
Storytelling Tips. 1985.
Storyteller's Hometown. 1989.
Grotto Father. 1989.
A Storyteller's Ghost Stories. 1987.
A Storyteller's Ghost Stories, II. 1990.
The Ghost of Nebraska Wesleyan. 1991.
A Storyteller's Ghost Stories, Iii. 1992.
The Gunny Wolf: And Other Fairy Tales. 1992.
Bily Brothers, Wood Carvers and Clock Makers. 1993.
Franciscans Under Fire. 1990. (edited the book by Msgr. Mathias M. Hoffman)
Lincoln Mutal Life: A Century of Service. 1996.

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