CLIMATE RALLY - WASHINGTON, DC
In February, Guide to Nebraska Alex Matzke traveled to Washington, DC, with a group of Nebraskans protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline.  Here are Alex’s words:
I was completely overwhelmed by the number of people. Does that sound like a terribly midwestern thing to say? But it’s true. I’ve been in Times Square during high traffic, but never in a mob moving together. At times dancing with total strangers because Reverend Yearwood asked you to jump away the cold between speakers. 
Most of the Nebraska delegation bussed out arriving the night before the rally. We met in the basement of a local pub for stretching of legs and instructions from organizers at Bold Nebraska. That night we also had an opportunity to hear from speakers who would only be a blip on giant screen at the rally. Congregating in the morning our numbers were quickly diluted as the crowd moved around the White House. 
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Alex Matzke is a State Guide to Nebraska. Growing up in Omaha, her friends showed livestock at State Fair; she showed photographs. Follow her on Tumblr at alexmatzke and alzke or on her website, AlexMatzke.com.
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CLIMATE RALLY - WASHINGTON, DC
In February, Guide to Nebraska Alex Matzke traveled to Washington, DC, with a group of Nebraskans protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline.  Here are Alex’s words:
I was completely overwhelmed by the number of people. Does that sound like a terribly midwestern thing to say? But it’s true. I’ve been in Times Square during high traffic, but never in a mob moving together. At times dancing with total strangers because Reverend Yearwood asked you to jump away the cold between speakers. 
Most of the Nebraska delegation bussed out arriving the night before the rally. We met in the basement of a local pub for stretching of legs and instructions from organizers at Bold Nebraska. That night we also had an opportunity to hear from speakers who would only be a blip on giant screen at the rally. Congregating in the morning our numbers were quickly diluted as the crowd moved around the White House. 
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Alex Matzke is a State Guide to Nebraska. Growing up in Omaha, her friends showed livestock at State Fair; she showed photographs. Follow her on Tumblr at alexmatzke and alzke or on her website, AlexMatzke.com.
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CLIMATE RALLY - WASHINGTON, DC

In February, Guide to Nebraska Alex Matzke traveled to Washington, DC, with a group of Nebraskans protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline.  Here are Alex’s words:

I was completely overwhelmed by the number of people. Does that sound like a terribly midwestern thing to say? But it’s true. I’ve been in Times Square during high traffic, but never in a mob moving together. At times dancing with total strangers because Reverend Yearwood asked you to jump away the cold between speakers. 

Most of the Nebraska delegation bussed out arriving the night before the rally. We met in the basement of a local pub for stretching of legs and instructions from organizers at Bold Nebraska. That night we also had an opportunity to hear from speakers who would only be a blip on giant screen at the rally. Congregating in the morning our numbers were quickly diluted as the crowd moved around the White House. 

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Alex Matzke is a State Guide to Nebraska. Growing up in Omaha, her friends showed livestock at State Fair; she showed photographs. Follow her on Tumblr at alexmatzke and alzke or on her website, AlexMatzke.com.

FAMILY GATHERING - NEBRASKA

If you’re a Midwesterner or a Southerner, football watching and its accompanying trappings of alumni nostalgia, rival trash talk, and the wearing of the colors may be an obligatory part of any family get-together. Before tonight’s BCS Championship game, whether you go Irish or roll Tide, check out the latest dispatch from A/G Guide to Nebraska Alex Matzke whose family arranges their big holiday gathering based on where the Huskers will play Thanksgiving ball…

My grandfather and his three siblings started the yearly tradition of Matzke Thanksgiving with their families in 1963 in Sidney, Nebraska. In more recent memory we’ve stuck close to the Husker football game oscillating between Denver and Lincoln (44 of 50 held in Nebraska). With the Husker’s 2011 move to the Big 10 we’re still unsure where Matzke Thanksgiving 2013 will be held. 

We outgrew family homes before I can remember attending the annual event. We stay together in hotels now—congregating in communal conference rooms, sharing meals around televised spectacles, and competing in our own brand of Olympic games.

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ALEX MATZKE is a State Guide to Nebraska. Growing up in Omaha, her friends showed livestock at State Fair; she showed photographs. Follow her on Tumblr at alexmatzke and alzke or on her website, AlexMatzke.com.

Alex Matzke was born and raised in Nebraska. Growing up, her friends showed livestock at State Fair; she showed photographs. She’s said of her home state: “When you walk down the street, people say hello, look you in the eye, and smile.” Well, hello back at you, Nebraska.

Photos courtesy of Alex for #AmericanGuideWeek. You can find her on tumblr at alexmatzke and alzke (a fantastic photojournalism project) or on her website.