Nebraska Authors

Elinor L. Brown

AKA: Elinor Luella Baade

Born 1915-01-01 Lancaster County, NE (USA)

Died 2008-02-29
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
Wyuka Cemetery

Elinor Brown was a teacher and an enthusiastic local historian who wrote on local buildings, the State Capitol Building, historical preservation and related topics. She founded her own press, Midwest Publishing, in order to publish teaching aids, and published over 50 books. Many of her historical efforts were compilations.

The Heritage Room holds manuscripts, an autobiographical essay (typescript photocopy dated 1976) and a spiral bound copy of her History and Preservation of a National Classic, 1988, her compilation on the preservation of Lincoln, Nebraska's Old City Hall (originally the U.S. Courthouse and Post Office) designed by Alfred B. Mullett and completed by William Appleton Potter. Brown is credited with organizing the successful campaign to preserve the building.

Brown's work has been recognized by the American Association for State and Local History, the Nebraskaland Foundation, and the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Heritage Room Archive has two large brown boxes of Elinor Brown manuscripts and research.


Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Ceresco, NE
Whitewater, WI
Greeley, CO
Milford, IA

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Biography
  • Music and Audio


Local History; Historic Preservation; Christian Life; Piano Instruction; Teaching Aids; Education; Lincoln, Nebraska--History; Memoirs


University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Nebraska Wesleyan University


Business Owner, Midwest Publishing Company, Ceresco, NE
Political Activist

Places Worked

Midwest Publishing Company, Ceresco, NE


Who's Who in Society
O Pioneer Award by Nebraskaland Foundation
Life Membership in the Nebraska State Historical Society, 1978
Pioneer Award, State of Nebraska, 1988


Nebraska Writers' Guild
Nebraska State Historical Society


Fun With Felt. 1956.
Let's Play the Nursery Rhymes. 1957.
Bulletin Board Bullets. 1960.
Fall Festival Book. 1960.
Fun With Corrugated Paper. 1960.
Spring Festival Book. 1960.
Winter Festival Book. 1960.
I Want to Know God. 1963.
Architectural Wonder of the World: Nebraska's State Capitol Building. 1965 and 1978.
Let's Explore Nebraska: For All Ages. 1966.
All Seasons Festival Book. 1970.
History of Lancaster County, Then and Now. 1971.
Historical Marker Program in Nebraska. 1973.
Nebraska Travel-Rama. 1973.
Doomland Church. 1976.
Funny Bone Ticklers. 1976.
How to Starve a Psychiatrist. 1976.
Twee Twop Twitterings. 1976.
What Hath God Wrought?. 1976.
Where Are You Going: A Practical Handbook for Career Seekers. 1976.
Sing Me a Lullaby. 1977.
Teach Me to Play By Ear, Keys and Notes. 1977.
Teach Me to Play By Notes, Chords and Arpeggios. 1977.
Teach Me to Sing, Dance and Count. 1977.
Baby's First Happy Year. 1978.
You Have a Right to Know: The Greatest Cancer Story Ever Told. 1979.
Genealogies With Genetics. 1983.
Moods and Morning Glories. 1983.
Everybody Sing. 1985.
Five Finger Melodies for Mini-Folk To Play By Lead Notes With Bass Harmony Creations. 1985.
Keyboard Creations. 1985.
For Health's Sake. 1987.
A Consumer's Guide to Many Aluminum Products : Their Effects on Humans, Animals, Plants, with Alternatives and Commentary. 1987.
Elinor's Castle of Songs. 1988.
History and Preservation of a National Classic. 1988.
Preventative versus Curative Medicine. 1989.
Maps Tell Nebraska's History. 1992.
People Without a Homeland. 1992.
Hats Whirled in the Wind : The Life of Elinor L. Baade Brown. 1994.
How the AMA got its foothold in the U.S. 1994.
Are Allergens Synonymous to Carcinogens? 1994.
The Chemical Era, 1945-? : Challenge for Human Survival. 1995.
Cherish Your Health. 1999.
The Miraculous Transition of a Woman's Body During Menopause. 1999.
The History of Early Mail Services and Preservation of Lincoln's U.S. Courthouse and Post Office. 1999.
Healthful Living. 1999.
Nebraska History Sketches With Commentary. 1999.
Handbook for Amateur Growers of Geraniums. 2001.
History of Public Education in Lancaster County, Nebraska. 2003.
20 Progress Maps, 1770's-1920, Illustrate the Development of the State of Nebraska. 2003.
What Hath God Wrought? Tour Guide of Nebraska's Great Capitol. 2004.
Selecting a Site for Nebraska's Capitol 1854-1919. 2009.
Early History of Lincoln, Nebraska 1854-1919. 2009.
Tool Up for Creative Career Education.
Nebraska's State Historical Markers.

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