The North Platte Public Library’s Humanities Nebraska speaker series continues at noon Friday, Sept. 21 with  “When Did the White House Become the “White House?” by Donald Hickey.

This program receives funding from Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

This PowerPoint program — featuring portraits, illustrations, and newspaper evidence — will examine the origins and early history of the White House, which today is arguably the most famous building in the world.

Special attention will be paid to when and how the White House got its name. Although conventional wisdom holds that the name originated when the White House was rebuilt after being burned during the War of 1812, evidence suggests that the name was in use as early as 1802, a mere 18 months after the building was occupied by President John Adams.

Don Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College and an award-winning author who has published 11 books and more than 100 articles, mainly on the War of 1812 and its causes.

To help plan seating, the library asks people to call 535-8036, ext. 3301 to reserve a seat for this free program.