Mary Garbacz


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Mary Garbacz was the author of “Immigration in Nebraska” in 2008, as coordinator of Strategic Discussions for Nebraska. She was assisted by a multimedia designer, two graduate students and the cooperation of nearly 100 individuals who consented to be interviewed for the publication. Strategic Discussions for Nebraska was located in the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications at that time. Garbacz offers her contributions to Prairie Fire as an independent freelance writer. For more information on the current Strategic Discussions for Nebraska, visit

Immigration in Nebraska