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July/August 2001

Neligh Mill Jamboree Set for the July 4

The place to be on the evening of July 4 is the Neligh Mill State Historic Site. The mill will welcome several groups of Nebraska's finest musicians, who will play a free, three-hour concert from 6 to 9 P.M. on the grounds as part of the annual Old Mill Days Celebration in Neligh. The concert will be reminiscent of an old-time music jamboree, with a variety of groups and individuals playing separately and together in an ever-evolving lineup of performers.

Artists scheduled to appear at the Neligh Mill Jamboree include some of the best traditional musicians Nebraska has to offer covering a wide range of musical styles not often heard on commercial radio today. They range from acoustic country and blues to bluegrass, and from jazz/swing to mariachi. Performers include the Lightning Bugs, John Walker, the Toasted Ponies, Toot Sweet, and Mariachi Zapata.

Several other fun activities taking are place in Neligh as part of the celebration including a street dance on the evening of July 3, a parade on the morning of July 4, and many other activities during the afternoon, such as an ice cream social and a kids bike/tractor pull will follow the Neligh Mill Jamboree. There will be a fireworks display at Riverside Park. Bring the whole family to Neligh for the Neligh Mill Jamboree and Old Mill Days.

The Neligh Mill Jamboree is funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council, with additional funding from the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation, and assistance from Eric Brown and KRVN Radio, Lexington, Nebraska.

For more information contact the Neligh Mill State Historic Site at 402-887-4303.

2001 State Fair

Be a part of the Nebraska State Fair. The NSHS will be there, so don't miss the opportunity to volunteer. The 2001 Fair runs from Friday, August 24, through Monday, September 3 (Labor Day). Volunteers are needed to greet the public and provide information at the Cunningham Schoolhouse and Hudson Log Cabin in the Heritage Village area. Hudson Cabin volunteers also conduct the sale of merchandise. Volunteers may choose to work from the following three- or four-hour shifts: 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., 1:00 to 4:00 P.M., and 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Parking and gate admission is provided by NSHS.

Individuals interested in volunteering at the State Fair should contact the Historical Society at 471-3270. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to this annual project!

Fall Tour Scheduled for Volunteers

Plans are being made for a one-day tour, September 21, to sites in southeast Nebraska. Stops include Homestead National Monument near Beatrice, Rock Creek Station, near Fairbury, the Steele City Historic District, and if time permits an original Pony Express Station near Hanover, Kansas.

A registration form and further details about the trip will be mailed to volunteers at a later date. Please contact Deb McWilliams at 402-471-4955 if you have questions.

Nebraska Institute Gears Up

Eleven teachers and two Nebraska Wesleyan University student assistants have signed on for Nebraska Institute 2001. The teachers include Marilyn Hodge of Holdrege, Steve and Deb Gulzow of North Platte, Kane Hookstra of Blue Springs, Shari Frost of Oconto, Jerene Kruse of Albion, Sister Jania Keogh of Norfolk, Judy Vincent of Maxwell, Gene Fischer of York, Dr. Jan Rogers of Lincoln, and Jodi Borosko of Omaha. The Wesleyan student-assistants, Dan Koenig, from Fremont, and Justin Moore, from Tryon, are both studying Social Studies Education at Wesleyan. The Nebraska Institute will take place, July 15-27 and features learning from primary sources, critical thinking, and new research in cultural history.

Brown Bag Lectures

Please join us on July 19 and August 16, for the Society's free Brown Bag lecture series at the Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. The lectures begin at noon ­ so bring your lunch with you!

On July 19, 2001, Brandon Ruud, assistant curator, Durham Center for Western Studies, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, will present "A Faithful and Vivid Image: Karl Bodmer's North American Prints." Mark Ellis, Ph.D., history department, University of Nebraska at Kearney, will present "Lawyers in Western Nebraska, 1867-1890" on August 16.

Did You Know . . . .

That you can learn more about Lincoln's Wyuka Cemetery from an article by Penelope Chatfield, "Wyuka: A 'Rural' Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska," in the Summer 1982 issue of Nebraska History?

As Ed Zimmer noted during the volunteers' tour of Wyuka on May 9, a "rural" cemetery employs park-like landscaping and curving avenues that take advantage of the natural terrain. Flowers, shrubs, trees, and ponds enhance the cemetery's appeal as a pleasure spot for a relaxing stroll or even a picnic. In fact, Wyuka once included an open "park" until the area was subdivided into burial plots shortly after 1900. Though no longer on Lincoln's outskirts, Wyuka still retains its character as one of Nebraska's few "rural" cemeteries and the only cemetery created by an act of the state legislature.

Jim Potter

New Volunteers

Said Ali, library/archives

Holly Beermann, museum store

Peggy Johnson, library/archives

Carol Knoflicek, museum

Linda Moore, library/archives

Jill Mulligan, museum

Shannon Patrick, archeology

Mary Rabenberg, library/archives

Greg Rosenboom, library/archives

Roxanne Smith, museum

Karen Steinauer, library/archives

Calendar of Events

July 4: Independence Day Holiday
In observance of Independence Day, Society Headquarters offices, the Library/Archives reference room, and the Ford Center will be closed Wednesday, July 4. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be open. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388) and Cather Site (402-746-2653)

July 4: Neligh Mill Celebration
Neligh Mill State Historic Site, Neligh 6 - 9:00 p.m. Part of Old Mill Days Celebration. Traditional music. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy!!

July 11: Volunteer Program
10:30, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

July 15-27: Nebraska Institute
Held at various locations and times in Lincoln, NE.

July 19: Brown Bag Lecture, A Faithful and Vivid Image: Karl Bodmer's North American Prints by Brandon Ruud, assistant curator, Durham Center for Western Studies, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha
12:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

August 16: Brown Bag Lecture, Lawyers in Western Nebraska, 1867-1890 by Mark Ellis, Ph.D., history department, University of Nebraska at Kearney
12:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

August 24-September 3: Nebraska State Fair
Call 402-471-3270 to volunteer!

September 3: Labor Day Holiday
In observance of Labor Day, Society Headquarters offices and the Ford Center will be closed Monday, September 3. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be open September 3. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388) and Cather Site (402-746-2653).

Wheel Boats on the Missouri
The Journals and Documents of the
Atkinson-O'Fallon Expedition, 1824­26

Photo of wheelboat edited and with an introduction by
Richard E. Jensen & James S. Hutchins

$ 39.95
plus $4 shipping/handling (IA, SD, KS, MN, & NE residents add tax). $35.95 for NSHS members
· Hardcover only ·
262 pp., 8 illustrations, one map

Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, Brig. Gen. Henry Atkinson and Indian Agent Benjamin O'Fallon led 475 soldiers up the Missouri River from Fort Atkinson in 1825­26 to negotiate treaties with the native peoples and impress them with U.S. power.
      The journals cover navigation problems, Indian cultures the troops encountered, and details of army life. A unique aspect of the journey was the experiment with man-powered keel boats to navigate the wild Missouri's treacherous current.

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