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Longtime Peru State Supporter Lillian Schottenhammel Named Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal


Grand Marshal

(Peru, Neb.) Members of the Peru State College (PSC) Student Senate today announced their selection of Lillian Schottenhammel of Peru as grand marshal of the college’s 89th Annual Homecoming Parade, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in Peru. In the spirit of Halloween, the theme for this year’s festivities is “Nightmare on Hoyt Street.”

Student Senate President Susan Reynolds said, “We are honored to have Mrs. Schottenhammel lead our homecoming parade. She and her late husband, George, have given so much in so many ways to the college and the Peru community over the years. Student Senate felt it only appropriate to recognize their generous contributions in this way.”

Schottenhammel said she and her husband, Dr. George Schottenhammel, came to Peru intending only to stay “a couple of years.” More than 52 years later, she continues to call Peru home and remains active in the community as a member of the Peru Historical Foundation, the Peru Printout and the Chamber of Commerce.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Schottenhammel earned a bachelor’s degree from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and a master’s degree in English from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.  She was the first woman in her family to attend and graduate from college.

Before settling in Peru, Schottenhammel taught with her husband in Tennessee, Illinois and Indiana.  While at PSC, she taught English composition and literature appreciation. The Schottenhammel’s were responsible for instituting the Peru State College Tours program that allowed students to travel and study abroad for college credit. In 2002, they established the George and Lillian Schottenhammel Honors Chair in Humanities.

For more information about any of PSC’s homecoming events, contact Student Activities Coordinator Chelsea Allgood at 402-872-2252 or For parade information, contact Reynolds at 402-872-2329 or