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Northeast in South Sioux City to kick off free lecture series

Northeast in South Sioux City to kick off free lecture series

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE - A new lecture series at the Northeast Community College South Sioux City extended campus will kick off soon with a look at an infamous connection with the town of Homer.

Dr. Jeff Hart will tell the story of what it was like to grow up as the grandson of the famous lawman Richard “Two-Gun” Hart and to also have an infamous gangster for a great uncle - Alphonse “Al” Capone.

Hart will give his lecture on Friday, January 19, from 1-2:30 p.m. in Room 126 of the South Sioux City extended campus, 1001 College Way. The event is free and open to the public.

“When I first heard about ‘Two-Gun’ Hart - the brother of Al Capone - and his connection to Homer, I was fascinated,” said Dr. Cyndi Hanson, executive director of the South Sioux City extended campus. “I wondered how many other aren’t aware of the interesting local history, the family’s history and more.”

Hart best knew his uncle, Ralph Capone, who was Al’s older brother and the bookkeeper of “the outfit.” Hart’s father, Harry, son of Two-Gun, from Homer, provided much of the information about his father contained in the book Two-Gun-Hart: Lawman, Cowboy and Long-Lost Brother of Al Capone, by Jeff McArthur.

The new Visiting Lectures Series is part of TGIF (Trending Topics, Great Gatherings, Insightful Information, Friday Fun) at Northeast’s South Sioux City extended campus. It is designed for the general public and will host other speakers from diverse backgrounds throughout the spring semester.

“For me, nothing sparks great conversation and learning more than stories,” said Hanson. “The Visiting Lecture Series features people telling their personal stories that will engage, enlighten and perhaps inspire. The topics will appeal to a variety of individuals and provide a great opportunity for good conversation after the presentation. That’s why we’ll have refreshments available. We want everyone to stay and talk with others afterward.”

Other speakers scheduled for the Visiting Lectures Series will include Travis Morgan on how choosing a community college impacted his life; Pam Miller, director of industry and investor relations at Siouxland Ethanol, LLC, on women who are tackling roles in fields traditionally dominated by men; Erica DeLeon, director of One Siouxland, on the economic, civic and cultural aspects of the Hispanic population in Siouxland; and Jake Rains, drone pilot and photographer, on the future of drones in various industries.

For more information, contact Dawn Smith at (402) 241-6402 or



PHOTO ID: Dr. Jeff Hart.