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March/April 1998

First Lady to Speak at Volunteer Appreciation

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m. The NSHS volunteer appreciation event will be at the newly renovated Governor's Mansion. The mansion is located at 1425 H Street, Lincoln, and should provide a unique and special environment for this event, and to show our appreciation to all of our very special volunteers.

Refreshments will be served, along with a program about the mansion's renovation presented by First Lady Diane Nelson. Please contact Deb McWilliams, 471-4955, to RSVP. We hope you will join us for an afternoon at the mansion.

NSHS Board of Trustees News

The NSHS Board of Trustees consists of a fifteen-member board, twelve members elected from the membership and three appointed by the governor. The board of trustees meets four times a year. At the January board meeting officers were elected. The board will meet on March 27 in Lincoln, with the June meeting scheduled at Fort Robinson. The October meeting is in conjunction with the Society's History Conference and Annual Meeting in Valentine.

Officers and members include:

President Norman Krivosha, Lincoln Jane Graff, Seward
First Vice-President Walter M. Duda, Omaha Dr. Herb Grandbois, Omaha
Second Vice President Dr. William C. Pratt, Omaha Janyce Falcon Hunt, Blair
Secretary, Society Director Lawrence Sommer Dr. Dick Loosbrock, Chadron
Treasurer Maurine Roller, Alliance Jim McKee, Lincoln
Keith Blackledge, North Platte Dr. Martha Ellen Webb, Omaha
Burdette Cooley, LeMoyne Dr. John Weihing, Gering
Dr. Sara Crook, Peru Dr. James Wengert, Omaha

Help Us to Make a Move

The NSHS has recently acquired storage space for archival records at the K Street Records Center in downtown Lincoln. The Library/Archives Division will be moving records currently stored at the UN-L East Campus to the new facility. The Department of Corrections will handle the physical move of over 13,000 linear feet of government records. Volunteers are needed to direct correctional industries work crews in the relocation of records. Volunteers will not be required to do any lifting. For further information please contact Steve Wolz at 471-4783.

The move is scheduled for the week of March 23. Because records will be in transit and inaccessible for varying lengths of time, researchers are encouraged to contact the Library/Archives at 402-471-4772 to ensure that the records they need are available.

Volunteer Programming on Wednesdays

Free volunteer programs are scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month (with the exception of the November program). All volunteers are encouraged to participate in the programs that provide volunteers with information about Society programs, projects, and other general information. For further information, or to RSVP, please contact Deb McWilliams at 402-471-4955. Free parking is available for each program at any of the downtown parking garages - bring your ticket with you and request validation.

March 11, 1998 (Wednesday) -

9:30-10:30 Docent Training Program

"Education and the NSHS Website,"
by Richard Spencer

11:00-12:00 All Volunteer Program

Part I: "Travel to NSHS Historic Sites via Video," by Brent Carmack
Includes: Neligh Mill State Historic Site, Neligh
Fort Robinson Museum, Crawford
Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard

12:00 Noon Potluck luncheon

Future programming dates:

May 13, 1998 - All Volunteer Program

July 8, 1998 - Docent Training and Volunteer Program

September 9, 1998 - All Volunteer Program

November 10, 1998 - Docent Training and Volunteer Program

(This program is on a Tuesday because of the Veterans Day holiday)

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are needed 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 Department. For further information please contact Jessica at 471-4757.

Wesely introduces LB1101

With the support of Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission members, Senator Don Wesely of Lincoln introduced LB1101. The bill proposes changes to the current Nebraska Hall of Fame statutes. Senator David Landis of Lincoln has also signed on to support the bill.

The bill identifies the responsibility of administering the Hall of Fame Commission; establishes standards for the creation, design, and uniformity of the busts, pedestals, and plaques; the location of busts; and changes to the criteria for selection of individuals to the Nebraska Hall of Fame.

- History Day Contest -

Judges Needed

Do you enjoy history and working with young people? Then you would be interested in National History Day: Nebraska. History Day is an exciting way for students in sxith through twelfth grades to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events. Similar to a science fair, History Day consists of a contest with various categories, divided into junior (sixth through eighth grades) and senior (ninth through twelfth grades) divisions. Categories include research papers, exhibits (similar to a mini museum exhibit), performance (dramatic portrayal of the topic), and media (using slides, video, or a computer program). Students can compete in one of these categories, either individually or in a group.

History Day contests are held at three levels: district, state, and national. Seven district contests are held in late February and March at locations around Nebraska: Crete, Hastings, Omaha, Peru, Wayne, Kearney, and Alliance. The state contest is scheduled for April 18 at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The Nebraska State Historical Society also holds a special History Day Celebration at the state capitol on May 15, where state winners present their projects again, before going on to the national contest in Maryland.

The History Day contest theme for 1998 is "Migration in History." Judges need to have an interest in history and an interest in helping young people. For further information about History Day and becoming a judge, contact John Schleicher, NSHS statewide services coordinator, at 402-471-2634, 800-833-6747, or e-mail

Nominations Sought for Trustee Election

Jim McKee, chair of the NSHS nominating committee, is seeking candidates for election to the NSHS Board of Trustees. Candidates must be members of the Society and must contact McKee by July 3, 1998.

Comments and suggestions may be sent to: Jim McKee, 3425 Otoe Street, Lincoln, NE 68506, by July 3, 1998.

Lincoln Westerners

Plan to attend the March 12 and April 9 meetings of the Lincoln Corral of Westerners at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, in the Platte Room (lower level), Ninth 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 evenings begin with a social period at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00, followed by the program at 8:00. The March 12 program, will be presented by Kurt McConnell and is entitled, "Great Cars of the Great Plains." The April 9 program, presented by Susanne George, assistant professor of English, UN-K, is entitled, "Kate McCleary--A Homestead Adventure near Hubbell, Nebraska."

To make reservations and to find out more about Westerners please contact Margaret Allington at 488-5698.

Quilts Displayed at McCook

The Piecemaker Quilt Guild of McCook will display post-World War II quilts at the Senator George Norris State Historic Site from March 1-31, 1998. Pre-World War II quilts will be on display from September 1 through October 3, 1998. The Piecemaker Quilt Guild has included the dates of the quilt display in their annual yearbook. Guild President Verleen Kuhlmann, who is a regular volunteer at the Norris House, said the display dates were included in the annual to remind guild members of the opportunity to show their old and new quilts. For more information about the quilt display at the Norris House contact Linda Hein at 308-345-8484.

The Nebraska State Quilt Guild's "Quilter's Day Out" will be in McCook on Saturday, October 3. For more information about the October 3 event contact Verleen Kuhlmann at 308-345-3315.

Warm Greetings to New Volunteers!

Thank you for joining us and assisting in fulfilling our mission. The support of the NSHS volunteers is greatly appreciated, and allows us to work together to better serve patrons and the past. We couldn't do it without you--thanks!

Machelle Hetrick, Administration
Darin Kalivoda, Administration
Warner Myers, Administration
Diane Orgness, Museum Store
Stephanie Schepers, Museum
Rhonda Schlegel, Administration
Scott Wemhoff, Museum and Museum Store

The Museum Store
Museum of Nebraska History
15th & P Streets, Lincoln, NE 68510
phone 402-471-3447

Announces March Markdowns
Inventory Clearance Sale

March 11 - 18, 1998
10:00 - 4:30, Monday - Saturday
1:30 - 4:30, Sunday

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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 or 1-800-833-6747

Apply for Volunteer Service today!

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