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NSHS Volunteer News

November/December 1999

Parking Validation

NSHS is pleased to continue parking validation for our Lincoln volunteers. A new "Star Park" stamp will replace the "gummed stamp" that has been used previously. The Star Park stamp has a selectable number wheel. Each number represents one hour. For example if you place the arrow on the stamp to the number two, this will validate up to two hours of volunteer parking. The stamp will be located in the museum office at the Museum of Nebraska History. At the headquarters building the stamp will be located in the mail room/copy center on second floor.

Museum Store Discount Day

To show our appreciation to volunteers and staff, the Nebraska State Historical Society has designated Tuesday, November 30, 1999, as "Appreciation Day." Volunteers and staff will receive twenty-five percent off museum store purchases. This is a great time to make holiday purchases, or to just remember yourself.

Purchases may be made at any of our museum stores including the Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln; Fort Robinson Museum; Chimney Rock National Historic Site; Senator George W. Norris State Historic Site in McCook; Neligh Mill State Historic Site, and the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha.

This is our way of saying thank you for the dedicated service provided by volunteers and staff. Your continued support allows the Nebraska State Historical Society to full its mission of safeguarding and interpreting Nebraska's past.

County Atlases and Plat Books Indexed

Gerald Sherard, a volunteer for the Library/Archives Division, has completed indexing the Nebraska County atlases and plat books. The documents are on microfilm in the Library/Archives Division. The index consists of approximately 416,123 records. The atlases and plat books cover the period from 1885 to 1947, but do not include all of the atlases available in the Library/Archives Division (only those on microfilm). The index reflects landowners and some business operators. In some cases, land renters are indexed if a farmer's directory was available. The library/archives plans to incorporate this index with a new listing of all Nebraska county atlases and plat books that are available in the library/archives.

Gerald has worked countless hours on the project, benefiting many individuals coming to NSHS to do research. Thank you Gerald for all of your many hours of services to help the Society fulfill its mission!

Holiday Exhibits at the Society

The Museum of Nebraska History will be wearing its holiday finery November 26-December 30, 1999. An 1860s Nebraska Territorial Christmas will be featured in the Carson Parlor with a tabletop tree and gifts, and the 1890s sod house depicts holidays on the homestead. The World War III general store and living room and the Halligan Dollhouse will also feature seasonal decorations. A tree with a jazz theme will accompany the special exhibit, Drawing on the Beat: John Falter's Jazz Portraits, and a tree with wedding-related decorations will be featured in the Dearly Beloved exhibit. The museum is open Monday-Friday, 9-4:30; Saturday 9-5; Sunday, 1:30-5.

Museum Store Catalog

The new museum store catalog is enclosed with your newsletter. The catalog includes numerous publications and gifts available for purchase. For further information contact Kris Riggs at 402-471-3447 or 1-800-833-6747.

Research Materials and Genealogy
Focus of Volunteer Program

Please join us for the next volunteer programs scheduled for November 10 at the Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln.

NSHS library/archives staff members Ann Billesbach and Cindy Drake will present the programs. Ann's program will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m, and will focus on "Doing Family Research in the NSHS Reference Room." Cindy will present "Expanding Your Nebraska Genealogy Research" from 11:00 to 12:00 noon. A potluck luncheon is planned at noon following the programs.

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

Victorian Holidays Past at the Kennard House

The Thomas P. Kennard House, a NSHS historic site at 1627 H Street, Lincoln, will celebrate Victorian Holidays Past, November 27 through December 30, featuring Victorian toys, decorations, and historic photographs. The Kennard House will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:30. There will be an open house with free admission on Sunday, December 12, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Volunteer assistance is needed Wednesday, November 24, from 9-12, to decorate the house for the celebration. There is also a need for volunteers to help at the open house on December 12. For additional information call John Lindahl at 471-4764.

Brown Bag Lectures at MNH

Please join us on the third Thursday of November and December. The NSHS hosts a free Brown Bag lecture series at the Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. The lecture begins at noon - so bring your lunch with you!

Dr. John Stover, professor of history, retired, Purdue University, will present the November 18 lecture, "Railroad Land Grants in Nebraska." On December 16, Lora Black, from Nebraska Public Radio will impart "Holiday readings by Nebraska Authors."

New Volunteer Faces

Sammy Hale, Museum Store

Aimee Thoreson, Library/Archives

Steve Winger, Ford Center

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 include:

November 11, "A History of Lincoln's Parking Lots," presented by Jim McKee

December 9, "Cartoons of the Old West," featuring Gary Larson, presented by Dr. James Wengert and James Denney

January 19, 2000 "The Dull Knifes Family of Pine Ridge," presented by Joe Starita.

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

Calendar of Events

November 10: Volunteer Program
9:30-12:00, Volunteer Program; Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

November 11: Veteran's Day Holiday
All offices closed.
Museum of Nebraska History closed.

November 18: Brown Bag Lecture
12:00 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

November 25-26: Thanksgiving Holiday
All offices closed Nov. 25 thru Nov. 28.
Museum of Nebraska History closed Nov. 25; open regular hours Nov. 26, 27, 28.

November 27 through December 30:
Holiday activities at the *Thomas P. Kennard House and MNH.

November 30: 25% discount
for volunteers at all Museum Stores

December 12: *Victorian Holidays Past, Open House
Thomas P. Kennard House, 1-5 p.m., Lincoln, Nebraska

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

December 25-27: Christmas Holiday
All offices closed December 25-27.
Museum of Nebraska History closed Dec. 25;
open regular hours Dec. 26 & 27.


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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