Nebraska Authors

Irma Anna Freeouf Ourecky

Born 1912-04-29

Died 2007-07-21
Wilber, NE (USA)

Ourecky was the long-time President of the Wilber Czech Museum (from 1969) and received the 1989 Henry Fonda Nebraska Award from Governor Kay A. Orr for promoting local and state tourism. She spoke Czech at home until she started school, and taught the language in the Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools for many years. She contributed much to the success of the Wilber Czech Festival and other Wilber institutions. In her obituary, District 32 Senator Russ Karpisek, owner of Karpisek Market in downtown Wilber, said "We’ll think of her a lot, because every time you turn around, you see something she was in charge of."

Places Lived

Wilber, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

Keywords

Wilber (Nebraska)--History; Epic Poetry

Occupation

Teacher

Places Worked

Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools
Wilber Czech Museum

Honors

Henry Fonda Nebraska Award for promoting Nebraska tourism, 1989.
Her Lincoln Journal Star obituary says "Her collection of awards from local and state organizations fills an entire table at the Wilber Czech Museum."

Associations

Wilber area preservationist Steve Ourecky is her grandson.

Bibliography

A Poetic History of Wilber. 1985.
The Wilber Centennial Story : 100 Years in Verse. 1973.

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