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Feb. 7 event for Schaffert's new novel opens display on 1898 exposition

The recent U.S. Swim Trials held in Omaha seems small compared to a five-month event in Omaha 116 years ago that drew millions of people and is the setting for Timothy Schaffert's latest novel. Plan now to visit the downtown public library in February beginning Friday to see the display about the World's Fair that took place in Omaha.

Schaffert will discuss his book in a two-hour program, from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the downtown library, to open this display for the 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha. Schaffert will also sign copies of his book, "The Swan Gondola."

Photographs included in the display indicate how magnificent and expansive the exposition was. An architect for the 1898 exposition, Thomas Kimball, also designed Saint Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Schaffert, who teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has written other novels set in Omaha or Nebraska, but "The Swan Gondola" is his first historical novel.