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PLATTSMOUTH – A Plattsmouth native who would become a world-famous artist was the subject at the year’s first Brown Bag program at the Cass County Historical Society Museum on Tuesday.

John Falter illustrated nearly 200 covers of the Saturday Evening Post magazines, plus works in other publications.

Approximately a dozen people came to Tuesday’s program that featured a 30-minute 1980 documentary in which Falter discussed his career.

That was followed by a short presentation in which Margo Prentiss, museum curator, pointed out Falter paintings now on exhibit there.

“He did 185 Post covers and we have 70 in our collection,” Prentiss said, adding that Falter illustrated for Reader’s Digest.

At an early age, Falter and his family moved from Plattsmouth to Falls City. Eventually, he went to a Kansas City art school and then moved east and gained national recognition for his work.

“Nebraska (influence) comes into his work a lot,” Prentiss told the audience.

When Falter died in 1982, his ashes returned to the city where he was born and thrown into the mouth of the Platte and Missouri rivers, Prentiss said.

“That was his request,” she said.

Among those in attendance was Shannon Lewis, a Plattsmouth native now living in Omaha.

“I didn’t realize he (Falter) was born in Plattsmouth. This was new information for me,” she said.

Pat Meisinger, who has long attended these brown bag programs, added, “It’s educational and interesting.”

These programs are usually held on the second and fourth Tuesdays at noon during certain times of the year.

The next program will be on Feb. 26 featuring Judith Bell, who has written a book about the history of her house in Cass County.

This program is free to the public with coffee and cookies provided.

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