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March/April 1999

Nominations Sought for Society Board Election

Jane Graff, chair of the Nebraska State Historical Society nominating committee, is seeking candidates for election to the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees. Candidates must be members of the Society and must contact Graff by June 1, 1999.

Comments and suggestions may be sent to: Jane Graff, Route 3, Box 137A, Seward, NE 68434-9558.

Violin Dedication Recital--And You're Invited!

Society volunteers are invited to attend a recital dedicating the violin built for the Society by world-class violin maker David Wiebe of David City, Nebraska. The Wiebe violin will be used in a performance by Nebraska-born violinist LisaMarie Vanna, who will play a program including numbers by Bach and Dvorak. The recital will take place at Kimball Recital Hall on the university campus on Thursday, April 8, and will be followed by a reception at the Museum of Nebraska History. The dedicatory recital is also part of the Center for Great Plains Studies' symposium on music and dance. Watch your mailbox for a personal invitation and more details!!

Film Series Features Fred Astaire

To commemorate the centenary of Fred Astaire's birth in Nebraska, the 1999 NSHS film series features some of Astaire's best musicals. Frederick Austerlitz was born in Omaha on May 10, 1899. With his sister, Adele, and with Astaire as their stage name, Fred and Adele left Omaha to pursue fame in New York. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, and although Adele retired from the act in 1932 to get married, Fred's fame grew in Hollywood. The film series, A Fine Romance: Fred Astaire and the Movies, reflects Astaire's romance with the Hollywood musical, while also showing that this was a perfect coupling of technology (i.e. filmmaking) and art. The films will be shown on Sundays in the Blackman Auditorium at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln. All films begin at 2:00 p.m. and are open to the public, free of charge. The schedule is as follows:

March 7: Daddy Long Legs
March 14: Silk Stockings

For further information about the film series contact Andrea Faling at 402-471-4785.

NSHS Publishes New Book

Fort Robinson and the American West, 1874-1899, a new book published by the NSHS, will soon appear. Notwithstanding its important role, no complete history of Fort Robinson, Nebraska, has previously been written. The time has come-125 years after its founding-to place this U.S. Army post in its proper context within the western experience and America's military past. This is half of that undertaking, the first of a two-volume history by long-time Fort Robinson Museum curator Thomas R. Buecker ($40. hardcover only, 265 pp., 55 illus., 6 maps, available April/May, 1999.) The book will be available at all NSHS museum stores by late spring.

Your Help Is Needed!

The NSHS needs your help to recruit new volunteers! We are sincerely appreciative of having so many wonderful volunteers. Volunteers help us to carry out our mission - plus we can accomplish so much more with your help.

We are in need of more volunteers to help us out with the Museum Store, and the History Adventure Center. The Museum Store needs volunteers who are dependable, friendly, and who can work a cash register and a credit card machine (we are more than willing to train volunteers in this area). The History Adventure Center is a hands-on exhibit that explores four methods of travel in Nebraska's history. Volunteers are needed to supervise the exhibit during museum hours - particularly on weekends.

If you know someone that is looking for a wonderful volunteer experience, we encourage you to pass along this information and ask them to call Deb McWilliams at 471-4955. Thanks again for all that you do to help us carry out our mission!

Volunteer Program-March 10

Calling all volunteers! You are invited to attend the March 10 docent training, volunteer program, and potluck luncheon, at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln.

On Wednesday, March 10, we will start with docent training from 9:30-10:30, on the "History and Philosophy of Museums," by Karen Janovy, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The volunteer program will run from 11:00-12:00. The volunteer program is entitled, "Historic Preservation: Historic Buildings Survey of Sheridan County," presented by NSHS staff member Bill Callahan. A potluck luncheon will follow.

For those of you who like planning ahead, future programs are scheduled for May 12, July 14, September 8, and November 10, 1999.

Please RSVP to Deb McWilliams at 471-4955 regarding your attendance, or if you have any questions.

Volunteer Appreciation at State Capitol

Mark your calendar for April 28 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The NSHS invites Society volunteers to an appreciation at what was formerly known as the State Capitol East Chamber. The East Senate Chamber is located on the second floor of the State Capitol. The East Chamber has been renovated in honor of Charles and Jerome Warner, and has been renamed the Warner Memorial Chamber. During the event we invite you to bring your family and to enjoy an afternoon with other volunteers and Society staff.

A program will begin at 1:30 in the Warner Memorial Chamber, followed by refreshments in room 1023 of the Capitol. Please contact Deb McWilliams at 471-4955, to RSVP. In appreciation for all that you do for the Society we hope you are able to join us at the Capitol.

John Falter exhibit opens

Drawing on the Beat: John Falter's Jazz Portraits, a new exhibit at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets in Lincoln. The exhibit features over fifty drawings, prints, and paintings by Nebraska-born illustrator John Falter. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free. Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9-4:30; Saturday, 9-5; and Sunday 1:30-5.

One of American's best-known illustrators, John Falter was born in Plattsmouth in 1910 and grew up in Falls City. In addition to his famous Saturday Evening Post covers and World War II recruiting posters, Falter also completed a series of works based on his life-long interest in jazz music. Most of the drawings in the exhibit were made during the 1971 Colorado Jazz Party held in Colorado Springs. These works formed the basis of Falter's 1971 "Jazz from Life" portfolio of prints. The exhibit also includes drawings Falter made at other jazz parties as well as several of his oil paintings of jazz giants, including Louis Armstrong. A special listening station features selections from several of the musicians depicted in Falter's works.

Falter was a musician himself, and in 1926 played in the house band of the Gehling Theater in Falls City along with another Falls City native, George "Pee Wee" Erwin, who is one of the subjects of Falter's drawings. Falter's love of jazz and insight into the music comes through in the feeling expressed in many of the drawings. His jazz portraits successfully capture the immediacy and vibrancy of performers in action.

Funding for this exhibit has been generously provided by the Berman Music Foundation of Lincoln.

For more information on this exhibit, contact the Museum of Nebraska History at 402-471-4754, or 800-833-6747.

Pastimes and Playthings in May

Pastimes and Playthings, a festival of old toys and games for children,
will be held on the grounds of the Thomas P. Kennard House, 1627 H Street,
Lincoln, from May 4-14. Hours for the event will be 9:00 A.M. to 12 noon;
1:00 to 4:30 P.M., Tuesday through Friday, and 1:00 to 5:00 P.M., Saturday
and Sunday. Volunteers are needed to help groups of children play the
games. For additional information call John Lindahl at the Kennard House

Brown Bag Lecture Series

On the third Thursday of each month, the NSHS hosts a free Brown Bag lecture series, at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln. The lecture will begin at noon - so bring your lunch.

The March 18 lecture, "The Paper Trail at Fort Robinson," will be presented by Tom Buecker, NSHS Curator, Fort Robinson Museum, Crawford. On April 15 John Carter and Jill Koelling of the NSHS Library/Archives division will present "Seeing Old Photographs With New Eyes: Computer Imaging as Time Machines."

Lincoln Westerners

Plan to attend the March 11 and April 8 meetings of the Lincoln Corral of Westerners. The evening begins with a social period at 6:30 p.m., and dinner at 7:00, followed by the program at 8:00 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Ninth and P Streets, Lincoln.

The March 11 program will be presented by NSHS staff member Eli Paul, and is entitled "Chief Red Cloud and Crazy Horse." The April 8 program is entitled "Sarah and George Joslyn of Omaha," and will be presented by Dennis Mihelich, Creighton University history professor.

For further details about the Westerners, or to make reservations contact Margaret Allington at 488-5698.

New Volunteer Faces

Anita Fussell, Library/Archives

Eric Garland
, Library/Archives

Belinda Hall, Library/Archives

Harold Hall, Norris Historic Site

Marjorie Hall, Norris Historic Site

Michael Oliverius, docent

Heidi Pinkal, Norris Historic Site

Patricia Riley, Norris Historic Site

Jeff Snowden, Historic Preservation

Meghan Strothkamp, Library/Archives

Min Zheng, Museum Store

Vanessa Zobeck, Library/Archives

Calendar of Events

March 7: Film Series
Blackman Auditorium, 2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

March 10: Volunteer Program
9:30-10:30, Docent Program; 11:00-12:00, Volunteer Programming; 12:00, Potluck Luncheon; Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

March 11: Lincoln Westerners Corral
Holiday Inn Hotel, Lincoln, Nebraska

March 14: Film Series
Blackman Auditorium, 2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

March 18: Brown Bag Lecture
Blackman Auditorium, 12:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

March 26: NSHS Board of Trustees meeting
1:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

April 8: Lincoln Westerners Corral

April 15: Brown Bag Lecture
Blackman Auditorium, 12:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

April 28: Volunteer Appreciation
Warner Memorial Chamber (East Senate Chamber), 1:30-3:30, Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska

April 30: Arbor Day Holiday

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

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