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January/February 2000

Holiday Celebration
Join us for the NSHS post-Y2K Holiday Celebration,
Friday, January 21, 2000!

      Staff, volunteers, family, and friends are welcome. The party will be at the Legionnaire Club, 5630 P Street, Lincoln. We'll start with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. (cash bar), followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. (entrees include roast beef, broasted chicken, and deep fried shrimp). Door prizes will be awarded at 8 p.m., with a program of folk music by Chris Sayre featuring unique instruments at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $13.50 per person. Please RSVP to Paula Doe by January 12, 2000. Make checks payable to the NSHS Employees' Club, and mail them to Paula Doe, P.O. Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501-2554. If you have any questions, call Paula at 471-4761. Hope to see you there!

Darryl F. Zanuck Films Highlighted in 2000 Film Series

This year's film series features eight films produced during Darryl F. Zanuck's career, first at Warner Brothers, and then as head of 20th Century-Fox Studio. A native of Wahoo, Nebraska, Zanuck, began as a scenario writer for silent films and found his first early success as the scriptwriter for dog star Rin-Tin-Tin in the 1920s. By 1927 he was head of production at Warner Brothers and by 1935, at the age of thirty-three, he was head of 20th Century-Fox, Hollywood's biggest studio. Zanuck was known for creating adult films with controversial themes. The series, titled "The Wahoo Kid" in Hollywood: Darryl F. Zanuck Presents, features a mix of box office successes and film classics. All films will be shown at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th & P Streets, Lincoln:

January 23 I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
Zanuck's Warner Brothers' years are represented by this scathing indictment of a southern chain gang, starring Paul Muni.

January 30 Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
20th Century-Fox's profitability in the 1930s was due largely to Shirley Temple, the star of this film.

February 6 How Green Was My Valley (1941)
This story of a coal mining family in Wales won the Academy Award for best picture.

February 13 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
Omahan Dorothy McGuire teams with director Elia Kazan to bring the Nolan family of Brooklyn to life.

February 20 Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Gregory Peck pretends to be Jewish in order to expose anti-Semitism in this Academy Award winner for best picture.

February 27 Pinky (1949)
Zanuck explores racial prejudice in this film about a black woman who tries to "pass" as white.

March 5 All About Eve (1950)
The winner of seven Academy Awards and one of the best comedy-dramas ever, this film deals with the theater and those who toil in it.

March 12 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
A Zanuck entry in the science fiction genre, this film with anti-fascist overtones is a warning to earth's inhabitants.

Thanks Archeology Volunteers!

The Archeology Division staff at the Nebraska State Historical Society extends their appreciation and thanks to their archeology volunteers. Volunteers include Tom Goldenstein, Pat McLaughlin, Debra Richards, Tamie Sawaged, Leah Rae "Punky" Schneider, Chris Steinke, and Kay Williams. Volunteers are extremely important in helping the division carry out its mission which is to preserve, enhance, explore, and interpret Nebraska's archeological resources for the benefit of the public and the advancement of science. Specifically, volunteers have contributed to the maintenance and conservation of archeological collections and files.

During the summer and into the fall, Tamie Sawaged and Chris Steinke cataloged artifacts recovered from the summer's fieldwork in western Nebraska. Tamie, an anthropology graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, worked meticulously at measuring chipped stone tools and identifying lithic material types of artifacts recovered from Wind Springs Ranch in Sioux County, Nebraska. A relatively new volunteer, Debra Richards, is currently involved with verifying archeological site file records against those kept by Terry Steinacher at Fort Robinson. Tom Goldenstein continues to participate in survey work. Volunteers Punky Schneider (fifteen years service), Kay Williams (fifteen years service), and Pat McLaughlin (ten years service), continue their work in the Archeology Division. They have inventoried hundreds of artifacts in our collection and organized nearly 7,000 ceramic sherds from the 1935 excavations at the Leary site located in Richardson County, Nebraska.

It is often thought that archeologists spend the majority of their time in the field. The truth is that more than 80 percent of the time is spent in the laboratory washing, labeling, and identifying artifacts. Volunteers make it possible for archeologists to conduct research on collections curated at the Nebraska State Historical Society. From the Society and the archeology staff ­ thanks volunteers for your time, interest, and enthusiasm!

"Kids Who Care"

Thanks to the "Kids Who Care" group from Mickle Middle School. Mickle students helped make decorations and decorate trees for the John Falter's Jazz Portraits exhibit and the Dearly Beloved: Gifts and Gowns from Nebraska Weddings exhibit at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln. The students spent three afternoons making paper ornaments and decorating the trees. Thanks to this terrific group of "Kids Who Care!"

Help Us Spread the Word

One of our best ways of recruiting new volunteers is through word of mouth. Naturally, people who enjoy what they are doing want to share it with others. Well, we certainly hope you enjoy being a volunteer at the Historical Society, and hope you will share the good news with your family, friends, and neighbors.

There are a few volunteer opportunities that need to be filled and your help will be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are needed in the museum store to meet and greet customers, and work with a cash register and credit card machine. At the museum, docents are needed to provide tours to school and adult groups. There is also a need for volunteers as camera operators to film lectures that are later aired on television. Training for these positions is provided.

Encourage people you know to give us a call to discuss these opportunities. Please contact Deb McWilliams at 402-471-4955.

Volunteer Programming for 2000

Free volunteer programs are scheduled for the second Wednesday of every other month for the year 2000. All volunteers are encouraged to participate in the programs that provide them with information about Society programs, projects, and other general information. The programs are held at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln. Free parking is available at downtown parking garages - bring your ticket with you and request validation.

On January 12 the volunteer program will focus on the history of the Historical Society and the Society's future plans. The program will be given by Larry Sommer, Society Director, and Jim Potter, associate director of the Research and Publications division. Join us for coffee at 10:00, and the program will follow from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Please contact Deb McWilliams at 471-4955 regarding your attendance.

Upcoming volunteer program dates for your calendar include:

March 8, 2000
May 10, 2000
July 12, 2000
September 13, 2000
November 8, 2000

Third Fort Robinson History Conference Set for April 2000

"Indians, Soldiers, and Bureaucrats: A New Look at Old Foes" will be the theme of the Third Fort Robinson History Conference, April 27-29, 2000, at Fort Robinson State Park. The conference is cosponsored by the Society and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Previous conferences were held in 1995 and 1997.

The 2000 conference will feature papers by leading scholars of military and Native American history, living history demonstrations, and an authors' book-signing session. The Fourth U.S. Artillery Brass Band of Denver, Colorado, will present concerts and artillery demonstrations, and there will be tours of Fort Robinson's historic sites and buildings. Dr. Douglas Scott of the Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service, will be the banquet speaker, and will discuss recent findings from an archeological survey that confirmed the site of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre.

Support for the conference has been provided by Ron Parks, the Dawes County Travel Board, the Museum of the Fur Trade, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, and the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation. To receive a registration form, contact the Society at 402-471-6548.

Brown Bag Lectures at MNH

Please join us on the third Thursday of January and February for the Society's 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 with you!

Carol Ahlgren, architectural historian, National Parks Service, Midwest Support Office, Omaha, will present the January 20 lecture, "Just Plains Dirt: Sod Houses in Nebraska." On February 17, Rick Wallace of Lincoln will lecture on "African-Americans in Adams County."

New Volunteer Faces

Lee Rockwell, docent

Linda Wruck, museum store

Lincoln Westerners

The Lincoln Corral of Westerners invites you to become a member and attend their programs. Westerners International was founded in Chicago in 1944. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the history of the American West.

The Lincoln Westerners meet monthly at the Holiday Inn, 141 N. Ninth Street, Lincoln, beginning with a social period at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00, followed by a program at 8:00.

Upcoming programs for 2000 include:

January 19, "Dull Knifes Family of Pine Ridge,"
presented by Joe Starita

February 10, A program on Kit Carson,
presented by Tom Dunlay

For further information about the Lincoln Corral of Westerners, please contact Margaret Allington at 488-5698.

Calendar of Events

January 1: New Year's Day
All offices and Museum of Nebraska History closed.

January 2: New Year's Holiday
All offices and Museum of Nebraska History closed.

January 12: Volunteer Program
10:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 23: Film Series
2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 30: Film Series
2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 17: Martin Luther King Day
All offices and Museum of Nebraska History closed.

January 20: Brown Bag Lecture
12:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 20: Lincoln Westerners
6:30, Holiday Inn, 141 N. Ninth Street, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 21: Holiday party
6:30, Legionnaire Club, 5630 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 6: Film Series
2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 10: Lincoln Westerners
6:30, Holiday Inn, 141 N. Ninth Street, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 13: Film Series
2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 17: Brown Bag Lecture
12:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 20: Film Series
2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 21: Presidents' Day
All offices closed.
Museum of Nebraska History open.

February 27: Film Series
2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska


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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