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NSHS Volunteer News

May/June 1998

Past Times & Playthings Volunteers Needed

Pastimes and Playthings, a festival of old toys and games for children, will be the setting on the grounds of the Thomas P. Kennard House, 1627 H Street, Lincoln. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 through Friday, May 15. Hours will be 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon; 1:00-4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1:00-5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. This is popular for school children, and serves as a valuable learning tool to teach what life was like in Victorian times.

Volunteers are needed to help groups of children play games such as grace hoops, rolling hoops, cup and ball, tops, and potato sack races, and learn to use optical toys including thaumatropes and zoetropes. Several volunteers are needed to help with the event. Training will be provided. For additional information contact John Lindahl at 402/471-4764.

NSHS Volunteers Know Best

The NSHS is always searching for new volunteers, and who knows best about the importance of volunteering at NSHS - our existing and supportive volunteers. We need your help and support to recruit new volunteers - adults as well as students. The following is a short list of volunteer activities where volunteer assistance is needed:

Camera Operator, Lincoln
Docent, Lincoln, Fort Robinson, McCook
History Adventure Center, Lincoln
Museum Store Assistant, Lincoln, Fort Robinson
Patron Service Assistant, Lincoln

Please help us to spread the word and recruit new faces. For further information about other volunteer activities, or information about the above listed activities, contact Deb McWilliams at 402-471-4955 or 1-800-833-6747. Thank you very much!

NSHS Website

The Nebraska State Historical Society website address is Please check us out and look at what NSHS has to offer. If you have any questions or comments about the website contact Teresa Jacobs at 402-471-4766 or e-mail her at

Thank you very much!!!

Thanks to the docents and volunteers who
made the spring tour season a success!
We couldn't have done it without you!!

NSHS Publications

The Nebraska Indian Wars Reader, 1865-1877, edited by Eli Paul, is now out. This Bison Book original by the University of Nebraska Press features several articles previously published in Nebraska History, including ones by Tom Buecker and the late Paul Riley. Jim Potter provided a new contribution, "Indian Wars Medals of Honor in Nebraska, 1865-1879." The price is $15, paperbound, and can be ordered from the Museum Store (402/471-3447). All royalties of the sale of The Nebraska Indian Wars Reader go to the NSHS.

A theme issue of Central Plains Archeology, entitled "Marine Shell Ornaments from the Plains," is also available from the Museum Store. Gayle Carlson has authored one of the articles, "A Preliminary Survey of Marine Shell Artifacts from Prehistoric Archeological Sites in Nebraska." Central Plains Archeology is a joint publication of the NSHS and the Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists. Curt Peacock worked on this issue's design and layout, Eli Paul on its editing.

Wednesday Volunteer Programming

Volunteer programs are scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month (with the exception of November). All volunteers are encouraged to attend the programs, that provide volunteers with facts about NSHS programs, projects, and other general information.

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.

May 13, 1998 -

9:30-10:00 Coffee, hosted by???
(we are looking for a volunteer)
10:00-11:00 All Volunteer Program Part II:
"Travel to NSHS Historic Sites via Video," by Brent Carmack
Includes: Thomas P. Kennard House, Lincoln
Willa Cather State Historic Site, Red Cloud
John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft
Senator George W. Norris House, McCook

Upcoming program dates:

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)


Have you ever been interested in experiencing television production? The NSHS is seeking volunteers to work as camera operators for the filming of the Brown Bag lectures, held on the third Thursday of the month in the auditorium at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets. The lectures are aired on the local government public access channel (channel five) on Lincoln Cablevision.

Volunteers for the television crew will be trained by staff members of the Citizen Information Center of the City of Lincoln. The Citizen Information Center provides the mobile studio and camera equipment so that the Brown Bag lecture series can be filmed and aired on television.

Time commitment for the training will consist of approximately four hours on a week day morning or afternoon. Time commitment on the days of Brown Bag lectures is usually from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to include time for set-up and takedown.

If you are interested in volunteering as a camera person, or would simply like more information, please contact John Schleicher, in the Education and Statewide Services Department, at 402/471-2634.

Volunteers Needed at History Adventure Center

We are looking for adults and students to volunteer at the History Adventure Center. Students should consider this opportunity to fulfill their citizenship issues requirements for high school.

The History Adventure Center is a hands-on exhibit at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln. 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 402-471-4757. Free parking in the downtown parking garages is also available.

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:

May 21, Craig Christiansen, President, Nebraska State Education Association, Lincoln, History of the Nebraska State Education Association.

June 18, David Wells, Independent Historian, Omaha, The Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898 in Omaha. Provided through the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

New Summer Workshops for Kids

This summer the NSHS will offer five new summer workshops for kids ages 6-9 and 10-12. These hands-on workshops provide kids with a fun and educational way to spend their summer.

Ages 6-9

Ages 10-12

Fees for these workshops range from ten to twenty dollars with special rates for NSHS members. For a brochure and registration information, call the museum office, 1-800-833-6747 or 471-4757 in Lincoln. Spend your summer in the past at the NSHS!

NOTICE: The Society has implemented new security features at the Museum of Nebraska History (15th & P) and the Society headquarters building (15th & R). All volunteers should enter through the front door at both buildings. The procedures have been added to protect volunteers, staff, and Society collections. Thank you for your cooperation.

Lincoln Westerners

Plan to attend the May 14 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 evening will begin with a social period at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00, followed by the program at 8:00. The May 14 program, presented by Bilene and Richard Nemec, Prague, Nebraska. The program will focus on the subject of Native American and edible plants. Bilene is the marketing coordinator for Lincoln's Farmers market in the Haymarket.

Information about a June activity will be announced at a later date. There will not be a meeting of the Westerners in July or August. The Westerners organization is dedicated to promoting a general knowledge of, and appreciation for, Western history. To make reservations and to find out more about Westerners please contact Margaret Allington at 402/488-5698.

Join in the History Day Celebration!

In honor and appreciation of History Day participants across the state, the NSHS and Nebraska Wesleyan University will co-sponsor the second annual History Day celebration at the state capitol. On Friday, May 15, state History Day winners will showcase their entries and receive last-minute advice from related professionals before competing this June at the National History Day contest in Maryland. History Day is equivalent to a science fair for history students in 6th through 12th grades. Students develop papers, mini-exhibits, performances, and media presentations around this year's theme of "Migration in History."

On May 15, entries will be on display and performed between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and an awards ceremony is scheduled at 4:00 p.m. in the Capitol's rotunda. Scott Moore, Secretary of State, will be the master of ceremonies, and state senators will present special awards to each state History Day winner. Mark your calendars to meet the students and see the entries representing Nebraska.

Spotlight on New NSHS Volunteers

Thank you for joining us and assisting in fulfilling our mission
of safeguarding and interpreting the past.
Welcome to NSHS!

Karl Anderson, Historic Preservation

Martha DeHaven, Museum

Craig Erickson, Library/Archives

Carolyn Ehlers, Museum

Charles Hohenstein, Library/Archives

Alisa Kushner, History Adventure Center and Museum Store

Miranda Moseman, Museum Store

Shanna Nifoussi, Museum Store

Maria Ramos, Museum Store

David Rogers, Jr., Library/Archives

Sandra Strickland, Library/Archives




May 15
History Day Celebration
State Capitol and Reception at the Museum of Nebraska History

May 5-15
Pastimes & Playthings
Kennard House

May 13
9:30 Coffee
10:00-11:00 All Volunteer Programming

May 14

May 21
Brown Bag Lecture


June 8, 9, 10, 12
Workshop for Kids: Bees, Bison, and Bluestem

June 15, 17, 18
Workshop for Kids: Kids and Cameras

June 18
Brown Bag Lecture

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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