The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation is hosting a celebration Saturday in Hebron and Deshler to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nebraskan Jennifer Reinke’s National Spelling Bee championship.
As part of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial observance, the foundation is looking back to the state’s centennial, when Reinke was asked to ride in literally dozens of parades after her win in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 1967.
Reinke was only the second Nebraskan to win the National Spelling Bee, after Omahan Virginia Hogan won in 1929. No Nebraskan has won the National Spelling Bee in the years since 1967.
Saturday events will include a gathering on the lawn of the Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron. Attendees will tour the courthouse, the site of Reinke’s Thayer County Spelling Bee win in March 1967. There will also be a celebration at the Jennifer Reinke Public Library in Deshler, which was dedicated in June 2016.
Reinke still lives in Deshler.