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September/October 1999

New Hours for Library/Archives Reference Room

Effective September 7, 1999, the Library/Archives Reference Room will be open to the public 9:30 - 4:30, Tuesday through Friday; 8-5, Saturday; and will be closed Sunday and Monday. Headquarters administrative offices will be open 8-5, Monday through Friday.

Jim Potter to Give Volunteer Program

Please join us! All Nebraska State Historical Society volunteers are invited to attend the upcoming volunteer program on Wednesday, September 8, at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln. Jim Potter, editor of Nebraska History magazine, will present "History Under Ground: A Nebraska Cemetery Sampler."

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

September and October Brown Bag Lectures

Everyone is invited! 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 begins at noon - so bring your lunch!

The September 16 lecture, "Just Plains Dirt: Sod Houses in Nebraska," will be presented by Carol Ahlgren, architectural historian, National Park Service, Midwest Support Office. On October 21 Mark Kelly, attorney/archeologist of Lenexa, Kansas, will present "Multnomah Plantation, the Home of Major John Dougherty: An Exercise in Historic Archeology."

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The Nebraska State Historical Society continues to develop its website with new information. The website address is From our website visitors can become members of the society, check out our volunteer activities, shop from the museum store catalog, check out our new exhibits, and learn about upcoming activities.

If you have any comments or questions about the website please contact Teresa Jacobs at 402-471-2161.

Society History Conference and Awards Presentation

The 1999 annual history conference and meeting will be held in Lincoln on September 24 and 25. The theme is "Innovation and Ingenuity in Nebraska History." Sessions on the following topics will be presented: "Patents from the Plains: Examples of Nebraska Ingenuity from the Collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society," "The Power of Film: Promoting Nebraska and its Products with Motion Pictures," "The Halls of Hallmark," "Spans in Time: Historic Bridges in Nebraska," "Imagining and Building a Capitol: Innovations - Then and Now," and "Nebraska Patents and Inventors." A tour of the Nebraska State Capitol will focus on the building's groundbreaking design, and on the current restoration project. A second tour will feature the Nebraska Products Lab at UNL, where foods are tested and marketing strategies are taught.

State Senator David Landis will portray Senator George W. Norris, in a dramatization of the Nebraska statesman's innovative legislative career, in an evening event on September 24. Dr. R. Douglas Hurt, director of the graduate program in agricultural and rural studies at Iowa State University and a leading agricultural historian, will provide the conference's keynote address.

According to Society Director Lawrence Sommer, the Society will present several awards during the conference.

The Society will present the Nebraska Preservation Award for significant achievements in historic preservation. Six co-recipients will receive the award for the Lincoln African-American Documentation Project. They are: Kathryn E. Colwell, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, Newman United Methodist Church, Christ Temple Mission, and the Lebanon Lodge No. 3, F. & A.M., Prince Hall Affiliation.

Dr. Joseph Agonito of Syracuse, New York, was selected to receive the James L. Sellers Memorial Award given annually for the article judged best in the preceding year's volume of Nebraska History quarterly. His article, "Young Man Afraid of His Horses: The Reservation Years," appeared in the Fall 1998 issue. An independent panel of scholars from Nebraska Wesleyan University made the selection.

The A. T. Hill Memorial Award will be presented to Patrick Kennedy of Omaha. The Hill award, named for the distinguished Nebraska archeologist, recognizes outstanding contributions to archeology. Kennedy was selected for his involvement in researching African-American pioneers in southeast Nebraska, and for assisting Society archeologists in conducting excavations resulting in valuable information on the early African-American experience in rural Nebraska.

The Addison E. Sheldon Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the preservation and interpretation of Nebraska history goes to Bertha Calloway of Omaha. Calloway's selection was based on her years of service to the NAACP, the Great Plains Black Museum in Omaha, and her contributions to the understanding of African-American culture in Nebraska.

The Lozier Foundation of Omaha will receive the Robert W. Furnas Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the Nebraska State Historical Society. The Lozier Foundation assisted the Society in opening a state-of-the-art digital imaging laboratory at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha. The laboratory ensures the preservation of priceless photographs and documents and enables the recovery of information that could not be extracted by earlier technologies.

State Fair Volunteers Appreciated

Thanks to the many volunteers who gave of their time again in 1999 to volunteer at the Nebraska State Fair. Volunteers greeted the public and provide information at the Cunningham Schoolhouse and conducted the sale of merchandise at the Hudson Log Cabin in the Heritage Village area. Our sincere thanks to each of you for giving your time and talents to make this another successful year!

New Museum Store Catalog Available

The new museum store catalog is available and includes numerous publications and gifts available for purchase. The catalog will be mailed to all Society members in their October newsletter.

We invite you to come to the museum store at 15th & P Streets, Lincoln, or call Kris Riggs at 471-3447 or 1-800-833-6747 if you are interested in more information, or to receive a museum store catalog. Remember your volunteer discount!

New Volunteer Faces

Ty Christenson, Museum Store

Anne Cyboron, History Adventure Center

Peggy Dallman, History Adventure Center

Janet Dineen, Research and Publications

Jane Harrison, Museum Store

Louis Ledder, History Adventure Center

Linda Miles, Fort Robinson

Deb Richards, History Adventure Center

Tamie Sawaged, Archeology

Pam Schmidt, Museum Collections

Margaret Waldman, Museum Store


For Further Information Contact -

If you are interested in learning just a little bit more about the Historical Society and its divisions you can clip the following, and mail it to us. We will send you items that will give you (or your friends and neighbors) further information about what we have to offer. Complete and mail this checklist to the Nebraska State Historical Society, P.O. Box 82554, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68501-2554.

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Calendar of Events

September 4,5,6: Labor Day holiday, offices closed.
Museum of Nebraska History and historic sites open

September 8: Volunteer Program
10:00-11:00, Volunteer Program; Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

September 16: Brown Bag Lecture
12:00 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

October 11: Columbus Day observed, offices closed.
Museum of Nebraska History and historic sites open

October 21: Brown Bag Lecture
12:00 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

October 31: Happy Halloween!!
Eat lots of candy!

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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