The Least Interesting Place

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - We’ve featured Matt Steinhausen on Pure Nebraska in the past. Now, we are talking with him about a new book that highlights the state’s back roads.

“I wrote a book about Nebraska,” Steinhausen said. “It’s called ‘The Least Interesting Place’. That’s tongue-in-cheek, of course. I don’t find Nebraska uninteresting at all. I grew up on a farm, and I found joy in the mundane. I started taking photos back in high school of some of the things I saw, like barns, creeks, and trees. I kept doing that, and then eventually I moved to my own farm, and accumulated 30 years of photos of rural Nebraska. I decided to put a book together about it.”

One thing people ask Steinhausen about is how he found a publisher. “I didn’t,” Steinhausen said. “I solicited publishers, and the didn’t want to talk to me, so I had to self-publish it. I did discover a printing company called Marathon Press in Norfolk. They took on my project, and we got together and printed 500 copies of the book. It sold out in a couple of months. We printed another 500 copies, and that sold out in less than a month. We are printing more, and want to have enough to sell for the holidays.”

Steinhausen’s photos are going to be featured at the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City. “I stopped at Bone Creek, and they told me they only sell products of current exhibitors,” Steinhausen said. “I left a book behind, and I got a call a few days later. It turns out that just with my book sitting on the counter, a number of copies were sold. The museum started selling them even though I wasn’t an exhibitor. Now, they’ve invited me to become an exhibitor. I will have a summer exhibition featuring framed images from the book.”

If you would like to take a look at these photos at Bone Creek, and learn more about Steinhausen’s book, you can check out the exhibition which runs from June 11 through August 29. There will be a book signing event on July 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Here’s a list of places where “The Least Interesting Place” is available:

Francie and Finch - Lincoln, Meier’s Cork n Bottle - Lincoln, Rockbrook Camera - Lincoln, From Nebraska Gift Shop - Lincoln, Museum of American Speed - Lincoln, Spring Creek Prairie - near Denton, Roca Tavern - Roca,, Artisan Mark Coffee + Gifts - Crete, Chapters Books and Gifts - Seward, The Fort - Lincoln and Columbus, Bone Creek Museum - David City, Willa Cather Center - Red Cloud. The books can be purchased on Amazon too.

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