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Peru State English Professor Dan Holtz Elected President of Nebraska State Historical Society Board


Dan Holtz(Peru, Neb.) Dr. Dan Holtz, professor of English at Peru State College (PSC), has been elected president of the Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) Board of Trustees. His term of office will begin Jan. 1, 2012.


Holtz said, “It’s an honor and a challenge to be elected president of the State Historical Society Board. Throughout my life, I have gotten great satisfaction from learning about Nebraska’s engaging history and teaching others, and I appreciate the opportunity to have a say in how that history is shared with all Nebraskans.” 


Holtz has served on the NSHS Board since January 2008 and currently is first vice president and chair of the Nominating and Board Development Committee.


A native of Ord, Neb., Holtz has been a professor of English at Peru State since 1987. A longtime presenter for the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, Holtz has presented his Nebraska through Song and Story program throughout the state, including performances at the State Capitol, the Nebraska State Historical Museum, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Joslyn Art Museum, John Neihardt Center, Fort Robinson and the Bob Devaney Sports Center for the launch of the Nebraska State Quarter in 2006. Holtz also performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in July 1999. In November of 2002, he released a recorded selection of folksongs and Nebraska history titled Welcome to Historic Nebraska.


Holtz serves as co-director of Peru State’s Trails and Tales Tour and Institute, which is funded by the Nebraska Humanities Council. The six-day tour and classroom study has shown more than 200 teachers how Nebraska’s history and literature complement one another. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award.