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January/February 1998

Totally Reexamined, Rethought, Redesigned

The Nebraska State Historical Society volunteer program is being reexamined, rethought, and redesigned. One look at the "all-new" volunteer program and you may do a double take. Some of our goals include better serving our current volunteers, and to gain new volunteers.

The NSHS is one of "the best kept secrets" in Nebraska. With your help, and by letting your friends, relatives, and neighbors know about us, we can become one of the "best known" organizations in Nebraska. We need your help in doing this.

Please help us to reexamine, rethink, and redesign the volunteer program. Simply call Deb McWilliams at 402/471-4955 with your ideas, or stop by to see her at 1500 R Street. We are looking forward to being redesigned!

Volunteer Programming Continues!

In the fall of 1996, volunteer programming was implemented as a way to inform NSHS volunteers. Volunteer programming will continue for 1998, however on Wednesday's instead of Tuesday's. We found that the NSHS had other items scheduled on Tuesday's, and we thought it would work better to schedule the programs on Wednesday instead. We wanted everyone to have an opportunity to attend all of our programs.

As we kick off the new programming in January, we will feature volunteers, and look at how we can reexamine, rethink, and redesign the program. Deb McWilliams will host the event and provide the program. Please contact Deb at 402/471-4955 regarding your attendance. Free parking is available for each program, at any one of the downtown parking garages ­ bring your ticket with you and request validation.

January 14, 1998

9:30-10:00 Coffee,

hosted by Deb McWilliams

10:00-11:00 All Volunteer Program

"Reexamining, Rethinking, and Redesigning NSHS Volunteer Services,"

by Deb McWilliams

Programming dates:

March 11, 1998 - Docent Training and Volunteer Program

May 13, 1998 - Volunteer Program

July 8, 1998 - Docent Training and Volunteer Program

September 9, 1998 - Volunteer Program

November 10, 1998 - Docent Training and Volunteer Program
(This program is on a Tuesday because of the Veteran's Day holiday)

Free Brown Bag Lecture Series

On the third Thursday of each month, at 12:00 noon, the NSHS offers a free Brown Bag lecture series, at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th & P Streets (131 Centennial Mall North), Lincoln. We invite you to bring your lunch and enjoy the lecture series!

Upcoming lectures include:

January 15, Dr. William Christensen, Professor Emeritus, History Department, Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Nebraska, Search for the Liberty Pole.

February 19, Pat Kennedy, Social Studies Department, Benson High School, Omaha, and Rob Bozell, associate director, archeology division, NSHS, Black Homesteaders of Brownville.

History Adventure Center

We are looking for individuals to volunteer at the new History Adventure Center. The History Adventure Center is a new hands-on exhibit at the Museum of Nebraska History. The exhibit features four stations exploring the history of travel and its impact on Nebraska's past and present. This exhibit is entirely hands-on and is designed for children and families.

Training for the History Adventure Center is provided by Jessica Stoner of the NSHS Education and Statewide Services division. For further information please contact Jessica at 471-4757.

Archeology Legislation

Last legislative session Senator Don Wesely of Lincoln, introduced LB778, the Nebraska Archeological Resources Preservation Act. The measure passed committee hearings unanimously and will be considered by the full legislature this session. The proposed law would establish a State Archeology Office within the Nebraska State Historical Society. Such an office would provide public outreach opportunities and archeological education initiatives. The office would also work other state agencies to insure that significant archeological sites are not destroyed during public construction without prior scientific investigation. The act would also strengthen archeological preservation through establishment of a voluntary archeological conservation easement program involving private property owners but does not infringe on the rights of property owners.

The Nebraska Archeological Resources Protection Act is a measure which is long overdue in Nebraska. Most states in the country have a State Archeology Office and Nebraska's irreplaceable archeological resources are dwindling at a rapid rate. Through education and conservative protection measure sour citizens can feel confident that Nebraska's 12,000 years of human history will continue to be safeguarded.

If so inclined, please feel free to drop your State Senator a quick note encouraging him or her to support LB778. Contact Rob Bozell at the Society's Archeology Division for additional information (471-4789).

Lincoln Westerners

Plan to attend the February 12 meeting of the Lincoln Corral of Westerners at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, in the Platte Room (lower level), 9th and P Streets, Lincoln. Parking is available at no charge by informing the attendant that you are attending the Westerners meeting. The Westerners organization is dedicated to promoting a general knowledge of, and appreciation for, Western history.

The evening will begin with a social period at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00, followed by the program at 8:00. The February 12 program, presented by Diane Bartles, an elementary teacher with the Lincoln Public School system. The February 12 program is entitled, "Sharpie: The Story of Evelyn Sharp, Nebraska's First Aviatrix."

There will not be a meeting of the Westerners in January. To make reservations and to find out more about Westerners please contact Margaret Allington at 488-5698.

New Faces at NSHS!

Welcome to our new volunteers! Thank you for joining us and assisting in fulfilling our mission "to safeguard and interpret Nebraska's past for the people."

Stephanie Arbaugh, Library/Archives

Lisa Barney, Museum Store

Kelly Dworak, Museum Store

Warner Myers, Library/Archives

Hadley Richters, Museum Store

Susan Trinkle, Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center

Volunteer News is published bi-monthly for the world-class volunteers at the Nebraska State Historical Society. For information about volunteering with any of our divisions, or at any location across the state, contact:

Deb McWilliams, Volunteer Services
402 471-4955 1-800-833-6747

Apply for Volunteer Service today!

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