(Excerpted from a Sherman County Times article by Jerome Lobner)
Kathy Spotanski was awarded the Nebraska Heritage Hero award on Sunday, January 5, 2020, by Lance Bristol, President of the History Nebraska Board. Lance, who lives in Ansley, and is a former teacher and superintendent, said, "the special pin he was awarding was presented to only 43 other individuals in Nebraska."
Kathy was nominated by Donna Trompke, President of the Sherman County Historical Society, and said of Kathy in her nomination letter: "Kathy Spotanski has been a dedicated, selfless member of our organization for at least 30 years. She is a very knowledgeable tour guide of our six buildings at the Museum site and at the Barbershop Museum Research Center downtown, and is available on short notice. As a retired elementary teacher, she shares information about our one-room school house with the first-grade visitors each spring; this includes teaching them games that were commonly played at recess.
Spotanski checks in donated items, labels, catalogs and places them on display. She is the one who makes sure we have adequate homemade ice cream for our Polish Days event, often donating all the ingredients. She will line up our Humanities Nebraska speakers completing all the paperwork both before and after the program.
She is also the person who can be seen mowing our large lawn, weed eating, hauling off branches, trimming back rose bushes, emptying dehumidifiers daily, volunteering on work days, etc.
Without her artistic talents, our Polish Days parade float and the Sherman County Fair Booth would be pretty plain.
Spotanski prefers to be in the background, helping others shine; she shares her talents and treasures, she is a gem for our organization!"