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Jay Curtiss

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Curtiss, Jay, More Than Just a Place to Live: A History of Raymond, Love, Heppner, and Piper Halls. Lincoln, NE, 1983


Copyright 1983 Jay Curtiss


Fifty years ago, in-the fall of 1932, Raymond Hall opened-to students for the first time. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of this event, I took it upon myself to compile a history of the buildings and to write biographies of the people after which those buildings are named.

When I began working on this little piece of nostalgia, I didn't realize how much work would be involved, and how long it would ultimately take. Now, nearly three years later, my work is compete, at least as far as I am willing to go.

Many people have asked me why I have spent so much of time working on this, and why I started it in the first place. I have always enjoyed. history, and living in Raymond Hall brought history close to me. While the history of world events is important, I think the history of your surroundings, of the common place, can be just as interesting, and can seem more alive.

I enjoyed my four years of living in Raymond Hall. I made many good friends there and did a lot of growing up as well. The place and the people will always be a part of me, a part of my history. I.feel that one must always maintain a sense of the past in order to live in the present, and certainly before looking to the future. With the writing of this history I hope to give to Neihardt residents, past, present, and future, a small part of the past, and a basis on which to build the future.