Gwen Meister Meister

Profile Updated: September 5, 2022
Residing In Lincoln, NE USA
Spouse/Partner Bill Behmer
Occupation Interim Director of Non-profit Organization
Children None

I earned three degrees at UNL, a bachelors in English, an MBA and a masters in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in Nebraska Folklore. For more than 20 years I've directed Nebraska Folklife , a 501c3 non-profit that functions as the state folklife program for Nebraska. We hold performances of traditional arts by Nebraska ethnic and other folk groups, create materials on Nebraska folk traditions for use in schools, and conduct research on Nebraska cultural traditions. We work closely with Humanities Nebraska and other partner organizations to do this work and are also funded by donations from the public and by grants from foundations and from the National Endowment for the Arts. My husband retired after 40+ years as Operations Manager of the City Campus Student Union at UNL Now we can spend more time traveling in our small RV with our two little dogs Abbie and Zeke. We also play folk music at venues around Lincoln and do programs around the state on American folk music for Humanities Nebraska.

One of my other hobbies is genealogy. I'd love to hear from other classmates who have traced their ancestors!

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Oct 24, 2023 at 4:57 PM

Gwen was just a lovely person and we shared a love of Cultural Antropology and supporting diversity. RIP. 



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Jan 09, 2023 at 2:29 PM

Hi Have a great birthday!

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Jan 02, 2022 at 4:58 PM

Have a great birthday Pam! Hope to see you soon.

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Sep 17, 2020 at 6:20 PM

Francine just passed away this month. Her obituary was in the Journal Star. Rest in peace dear friend.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Hi Connie, Happy Birthday! I didn't know where you live or the fact that you taught elementary school before retirement. I've worked in government or nonprofits my whole career and I am the founder of a small nonprofit called Nebraska Folklife Network that makdes educational materials about the different cultural groups that live in NE, Check it our at If you are Lincoln sometime, give me a call at (402) 416-8807. Best, Gwen

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Happy Birthday Nancy!

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Posted on: Jul 27, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Hi Michael. My husband and I recently got an RV to travel in retirement like you've been doing. What locations in the US and Canada are in your top 5?

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Hope you have a wonderful birthday Francine! Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion!

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