Humanities Nebraska (HN) has announced another round of its letter-exchange program,
“Dear Stranger.” Originally conceived by Oregon Humanities, “Dear Stranger” connects
people from all over the state by inviting Nebraskans to write a letter to someone they’ve
“Winter is a wonderful time to connect with another Nebraskan by writing a letter,” said Mary
Yager, associate director. “We expect participants from across the state and from many
different backgrounds, and we look forward to sharing what Nebraskans think about weather
The premise is simple: Write a letter, get a letter, and make a new connection. Humanities
Nebraska will match each letter received with a counterpart from a different part of the state.
After the first anonymous exchange, each pair of letter writers is free to share contact infor-
mation to continue the conversation.
For letter writers who are interested, HN has offered the following prompt for this round of
letters, which must be postmarked by February 15, 2022. Participants are encouraged to
address the theme in any way they choose:
There’s been a lot of talk about weather and climate this past year. Share a story about a time when weather impacted you. With a global focus on climate change, how are you feeling about what it might mean for Nebraskans?
Letters can be as short or long as a writer likes (even a postcard) and can take any form and
include any enclosures that will fit in a first-class envelope. Participants should send their
letters to Humanities Nebraska along with a signed participation form, available online at
humanitiesnebraska.org. Letters should be addressed to Dear Stranger, c/o Humanities
Nebraska, 215 Centennial Mall South Suite 330, Lincoln, NE, 68508. Questions about the
program should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.