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March/April 2002


jumping horse Fort Robinson
and the
American Century
1900-1948

Second in a two-volume history of
Nebraska's premier historical landmark
By Thomas R. Buecker

Hardcover - 275 pages
95 photographs - 6 maps

Special prepublication price! $34
plus $5 shipping/handling

(IA,SD,KS,MN, & NE residents add tax)

--- Prepublication orders must be received by April 30, 2002. ---
--- No other discounts apply ---

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Sara Crook, chair of the Nebraska State Historical Society nominating committee, is seeking candidates for election to the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees. Individuals may run for the board of trustees by becoming members of the Historical Society and obtaining signatures of twenty-five Society members. Meetings of the board of trustees are held quarterly at various locations across the state. The board of trustees consists of twelve individuals elected by the Society membership and three appointed by the governor of Nebraska.

Individuals interested in running for the board must contact Crook by May 31, 2002, at 6919 R Road, Peru, NE 68421, or e-mail crook@pscosf.peru.edu. For further information about membership contact the Nebraska State Historical Society at 1-800-833-6747 or 402-471-4955.

FROM THE MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

I want to introduce myself to all NSHS members. I am Karen Heath, and I am the membership coordinator for the Nebraska State Historical Society. You can contact me by mail at the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation office, 215 Centennial Mall South, 408 Lincoln Center Building, Lincoln, NE 68508-1813, or call 402-435-3535 with any membership questions. Thank you for being a member of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Your interest and support is greatly appreciated.

PERU STATE OFFERS TEACHER INSTITUTE

The Trails and Tales Tour and Institute IV, an interdisciplinary program in Nebraska history and literature, is again being offered by Peru State College. This year's program, Forts and Fables II, will be the last two weeks in June, with the first week on campus and the second on a statewide chartered bus tour.

Attended by more than ninety teachers from across Nebraska in the summers of 1996, 1998, and 2000, Trails and Tales is again receiving funding from the Nebraska Humanities Council, as well as from the Eisenhower Professional Development Program. The Nebraska State Historical Society is also waiving admission fees to its tour sites. The first forty Nebraska educators (teachers, librarians, and museum personnel) who enroll will receive $600 each from the grant funds to defray expenses. They will also receive $100 in tuition remission from the Peru State College Foundation if they take both graduate courses associated with the program (or $50 if they take only one course).

During the week on campus (June 17-21), Dr. Sara Crook, associate professor of history/political science, will teach history of Nebraska from 9 A.M. to noon. Dr. Dan Holtz, professor of English, will teach Nebraska literature from 1 to 4 P.M. Both the tour, which runs from Monday, June 24, through Saturday, June 29, and the two courses focus on the importance of early United States military posts in Nebraska. The history course will feature readings, while the literature course will draw upon the writings of noted Nebraskans Bess Streeter Aldrich, John G. Neihardt, and Mari Sandoz to complement this history. The tour will feature stops at sites associated with these authors, as well as at forts across Nebraska, including two nights and one day at Fort Robinson.

The total cost for the program is $1,090.50 (or $791.25 for those taking only coursework). That figure includes lodging, transportation, meals, and entrance fees on the tour, as well as tuition and fees for six graduate semester hours. Participants may take one or both courses; they may also elect to go only on the tour, although those taking coursework will receive first preference for admission.

Persons wanting to enroll or to receive more information should contact Dr. Crook, 402-872-2279, e-mail crook@bobcat.peru.edu; or Dr. Holtz, 402-872-2267, e-mail dholtz@bobcat.peru.edu. The two also receive mail at the School of Arts and Sciences, Peru State College, P.O. Box 10, Peru, NE 68421. Enrollments will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

MNH / HISTORIC SITES
ANNUAL NEIHARDT SPRING CONFERENCE SCHEDULED

"The Year of Mona: Women in Literature and the Arts" is the theme of this year's conference at the Neihardt Center, to be held April 27. Women authors, poets, and artists will be highlighted with presentations by Nebraska author Lisa Sandlin, South Dakota author Linda Hasselstrom, Lakota poet Lydia Whirlwind Soldier, and recitations by young women students from the Neihardt/Black Elk Young Writers Workshop. The feature presentation is by Coralie Hughes, daughter of Hilda Neihardt, on the life and work of her grandmother, Mona Martinsen Neihardt, sculptress and musician. An exhibit of some of Mona's artwork and memorabilia will be displayed, concurrent with the art exhibits from the Museum of Nebraska Art and Red Cloud Heritage Center. Registration is required by April 20. The cost is $20, which includes lunch. The conference begins at 8:30 A.M. Contact the center for more information at 1-888-777-4667 or online at neihardt@gpcom.net.

SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS

Have you ever thought about living in a sod house? What was it like to be a child during World War II? Kids are invited to find out in two summer workshops at the Museum of Nebraska History. "Sod House Discoveries" will debut June 10-14 for kids aged six to eight. In this workshop, kids become historians and scientists exploring and investigating their own questions about sod houses, using primary sources such as a full-scale reproduction sod house, historic photos, diaries, and more. Last year's popular workshop, "Home Front Families: World War II," will be offered again June 24-28 for eight to twelve-year-olds. This workshop features daily topics of home front life through crafts, activities, and special guests. For more information please contact Jessica Stoner, 471-4757, jstoner@mail.state.ne.us or visit the NSHS website www.nebraskahistory.org.


HISTORIC PRESERVATION
HISTORIC ROAD IN AMERICA CONFERENCE

Coming April 11-13, 2002, in Omaha is the third biennial Preserving the Historic Road in America conference. Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Nebraska Department of Roads, and the Federal Highway Administration, this conference will focus on the importance of preserving historic highways in America as well as on design and engineering issues faced when addressing modern safety standards. Presentations will include case studies of historic Nebraska highways featuring Highway 81, which parallels the sixth principal meridian through Nebraska, and the extensive historic highway survey undertaken in partnership by the NSHS and the Nebraska Department of Roads. This is a national conference expected to attract 300-350 people. Please contact Melissa Dirr at 402-471-4408 or Jennifer Little at 402-471-4787 if you would like more information about the conference.

SURVEY OF STATE'S HISTORIC AUTOMOTIVE HIGHWAYS

The Nebraska Department of Roads and the Nebraska State Historical Society are collaborating on a project to survey the state's historic automotive highways. The project will include a history of the development of roads in Nebraska from turn-of-the-century "good roads" boosters and the earliest "automobile trails" to the construction of the interstate highway system. Five historic highways will be surveyed: the former Grant Highway (U.S. 20), the Canada-to-Mexico Meridian Highway (U.S. 81), the transcontinental Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30), the former Potash Highway (Nebraska Highway 2), and the Detroit-Lincoln-Denver (U.S. 6 and 34).

Survey teams have followed the old routes of these highways to identify early examples of highway construction and other properties related to the roadside, such as old gas stations, tourist camps, and automobile dealerships. The project will identify properties historically important to highway transportation in Nebraska, locate and catalog information about these properties to include the planning of future road construction projects, and identify ways to preserve or promote historic preservation through programs such as the Nebraska Byways program. A book on historic highways is also planned.

The project is funded and administered by the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Department of Roads. Partial funding has been provided by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. If you have information on early highways or historic properties that should be included, or know of records, documents, or photographs relating to this project, please contact Jill Ebers at the Nebraska State Historical Society, 402-471-4773, toll free 800-833-6747, or e-mail jebers@mail.state.ne.us.

 

LIBRARY/ARCHIVES
STILL TIME TO "ADOPT A COUNTY" OF THE 1930 CENSUS

The Library/Archives plans to purchase the 1930 Nebraska Census when it becomes available in April. Several people and organizations have already committed to "adopting" their county of interest. Thus far these counties are being sponsored: Antelope, Box Butte, Boyd, Cedar, Chase, Cheyenne, Lancaster, Nance, Nemaha, Seward, and Washington. If you would like to adopt a county, the cost is $34 per microfilm reel. Your sponsorship will be noted on the microfilm box. Checks should be written to the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation and mailed to 408 Lincoln Center Building, 215 S. Centennial Mall, Lincoln, NE 68508-1813. Please note the county you wish to adopt. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Faling at 402-471-4785.

NEW ACQUISITIONS OF INTEREST TO GENEALOGISTS
By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

The Ainsworth I Remember: A Moment in History, 1930 to 1950, Ainsworth, Nebraska, by Richard Mohanna.

Early Pioneers of the Midwest, by Leola Brownell. (Schill Family in Box Butte County.)

Jacobson Family History: Jacob, Jesse and Eugene Jacobson, 1722-1998, [compiled] by Dorry Rice. (Norwegian-American family in Douglas County.)

1884 Pioneers of the Nebraska Prairies: An Account of the Lives of Otto Jensen, July 26, 1857-June 24, 1918, and Ane Katrine Andersen, September 16, 1859-May 27, 1942, and Their Family, compiled by DeLoye Jorgensen Wilson (Jensen and Andersen families in Webster and Nuckolls counties.)

Fairdale Sunrise Cemetery: Howard County, Nebraska; Fish Creek Cemetery: Greeley County, Nebraska; Mt. Carmel/Paplin Cemetery: Howard County, Nebraska; Mt. Hope Cemetery: Scotia (Greeley County), Nebraska. Separate booklets of individual cemeteries surveyed by Susanne Milbourn.

Genealogies of Pascoe, Scheid, Maunus of Welsh, German, Finnish Descent, compiled by Patty Dahm Pascoe. (Families in Sarpy County.)

George Myron Hartford and Lillian May (Walker) Hartford: The Story of Their Lives; Including the Hartford, Rosenberger, Walker, Williamson, Byron and Leatherman Ancestral Families, by Lyle Stephen Hartford. (Families in Valley, Madison, Knox and Holt counties.)

The History of the Kerchal Family in the U.S., by D. Ray Kerchal. (Czech American family in Valley and Hayes counties.)

International Vital Records Handbook, 4th ed., by Thomas J. Kemp, 2000.

Lord of Avenel, by R. Charles Waymire. (Waymire, Reed, Biart, Zimmerman, Ingersol, Day, Gottsch, and Glesmann families in Saline, Otoe, and Sarpy counties.)

Moseman Family Pioneer History: The Heritage of Families From the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg Through Their Pioneer Homesteading Days in Nebraska, compiled by Dale K. Moseman. (Families in Dodge, Washington, Burt and Dixon counties.)

Ten Year Index to the St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly: Volumes XXI-XXX, 1988-1997, [indexed by Audrey Flavin, Ed Mochel, George Wilson], 2001.

William Blackstone and Abigail Varney Descendants, compiled by M. Wiley Smith with sources by Carla Rigby. (Families in Burt and Scotts Bluff counties.)

The Wittwer Family, 2000: The Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Arrival of the John Wittwer Family in America, 1850, compiled by Bernard F. Oakes. (Family in Richardson County.)

WEBSITE INCLUDES GENEALOGY, NEBRASKA HISTORY DATA

In 1994 the Nebraska Library Commission published a manual for librarians in the state titled STAR Reference Manual (Nebraska Statewide Training for Accurate Reference). With the help of staff members I contributed to Chapter 14 "Special Kinds of Questions--Genealogy, Names, and Nebraska History." This manual was later loaded onto the commission's website. For the past three years the commission has requested that I update this chapter. I finally completed it in October, and it was loaded to their site on November 20, 2001. I hope to revise it at least yearly. Please review it at http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/ref/star/star.html. It was written for reference librarians, but I would appreciate comments from anyone.

LIBRARY/ARCHIVES WISH LIST

The following list consists of interesting titles from or about Nebraska we were unable to acquire for our library collection. We are still looking for items on ebay and other online services, but our budget precludes us from purchasing many of the titles. Donations of the material listed would be extremely helpful. If you are aware of the availability of these titles please contact Library Curator Cindy S. Drake at 402-471-4786 or e-mail to nshs05@nebraskahistory.org. Besides books, booklets, pamphlets, and maps, the Library/Archives also seeks photographs, postcards, manuscripts, public records, and audio-visual material relating to the history of Nebraska. If you have such material that you would like to donate, please contact us.

Bits of Missionary Life Among the Sioux, by Henry I. Westropp. Printed entirely by Indian boys of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, ca. 1912. 15 pages.

The Burling Books: Ancestors and Descendants of Edward and Grace Burling, Quakers, 1600-2000, by Jane Thompson-Stahr. Gateway Press Inc.: Baltimore, MD, 2001. (Includes references to Nebraska families in Buffalo, Douglas, Franklin and Knox counties.)

Centennial Tasting Bee Cookbook. St. James Methodist Church, Bellevue, Nebraska 1967-1968. 84 pages.

Christ The Savior Lutheran Church, Norfolk, Nebraska. Cookbook. No dates given.

The Circle Cook Book of the Presbyterian Church, Lexington, Nebraska. 1930s. 112 pages.Faith-Westwood United Methodist Church Cookbook. Omaha, 1980. 200 pages.

Favorite Recipes, Ak-Sar-Ben-Chapter No. 277, Order of the Eastern Star. Omaha, 1966. 166 pages.

Favorite Recipes, Dodge County Nebraska Extension Clubs. 1960. (We have 1962.)

Favorite Recipes, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Davenport, Nebraska. 1976.

Fireside Club, Congregational Church, Geneva, Nebraska. Cookbook. 1950s.

Five Star Bible Camp Cookbook, Jansen, Nebraska. No dates given. 147 pages.

Flora A. Cropper and Family, written by Anna Marie Longmore with illustrations by Betty Jo Axthelm. Published in Kearney, Nebraska, 1990 (Family in Sargent, Custer County.)

Food for Thought 1994. Centenary United Methodist Church, Beatrice. 200 pages.

Fort Phil Kearny, Dakota Territory, 1866-1868, by Elsa Spear. Sheridan: Quick Printing Co., 1939. 34 pages.

General Marshall's Victory Report on the Winning of World War II in Europe and the Pacific with an Added Section Featuring the Contributions Made by Our Own Community During the Winning of the War. Copy referenced was from the VFW Keith County Post 3755, Ogallala, Nebraska.

Hamilton County, Nebraska Plat Book, 1983-1984.

Harness Bill's Catalog Directed to the Farmer, Omaha Tanning Company, Omaha, Nebraska. Sales Catalog for horse harnesses for farm equipment, wagons, and plows. No date given.

Havelock, Nebraska Centennial Recipes and Remembrances, 1893-1993. 500 pages.

Lagoni Family Favorites. Cookbook written in memory of Hans and Anne Lagoni, early settlers of Hamilton County. No dates given.

Nebraska Good Books! Good Cooks! Compiled under the auspices of the Golden Sower 20th Anniversary Committee, Nebraska Library Association. 1999.

Our Best to You. Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Custer Unit No. 41, Broken Bow, Nebraska. Cookbook. 1978. 326 pages.

Our Bread of Life. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Omaha, Nebraska Cookbook. 1998. 194 pages.

Merrick County Nebraska Plat Book, 1981-1982.

Methodist Church, Wolbach, Nebraska Cookbook, compiled by the Women of the Methodist Church, W.S.C.S., 1930.

Palisade Centennial Cookbook, 1887-1987, Palisade, Nebraska. 132+ pages.

Pawnee County Nebraska Plat Book, 1983-1984.

Pepping Up War Time Meals. University of Nebraska Agricultural College Extension Service, Extension Circular 5547.

Phelps County Nebraska Plat Book, 1983-1984.

Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fiftieth Anniversary Cookbook, 1940-1990. David City. 200 pages.

Seasoned With Grace: A Collection of Recipes by St. John Lutheran Church, Beatrice, Nebraska. 1996. 424 pages.

Sarpy County Historical Society Dessert Cook Book. Bellevue, 2001.

Studies in Creationism, by Frank Lewis Marsh, Professor of Biology, Union College, Lincoln. Published in 1950 by Review & Herald Publishing Association, Washington, D.C.

The Round Up Cook Book, compiled by the Hyannis Womans Club, 1931.

Welcome to Nebraska City. Nebraska City Chamber of Commerce. 36 pages. No date given. (Illustrated historical booklet.)

What's Cooking at St. Agnes. Scottsbluff, 1986. 175 pages.

Zion's Cookbook, Zion Lutheran Church, Tobias, Nebraska. No date or pages given.

PUBLICATIONS

Russell C. Lang, Original Land Transfers of Nebraska: How the West was Almost Given Away (Craig, Nebr.: The Author, 2001). Clothbound, 367 pp., 70 figures, $25 plus $1.40 Ne. Tax and $4 S & H. Order from author, 2051 County Rd. A, Craig, NE 68019.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 1-30: Post-World War II Quilt Display, Senator George W. Norris State Historic Site, 706 Norris Avenue, McCook; Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30-12 and 1-5. For questions or special tours contact Linda Hein, curator, at 308-345-8484.

March 10-May 1: Exhibit of works by women artists, from Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney and Red Cloud Indian Heritage Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, at John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. Opening presentation Sunday, March 10, by Linda Duda, teacher and art historian, with reception to follow. Free and open to the public. Contact the center for information at 1-888-777-4667 or online at neihardt@gpcom.net

March 19: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Mouth of the Platte chapter, George Droullard, hunter, interpreter and sign-talker for Lewis and Clark, reenacted by Darrel Draper. Meet at Caniglia's Restaurant, 1114 South 7th St., Omaha, at 6 P.M. For reservations (required) call 402-331-7241 or e-mail mouthoftheplatte@aol.com

March 21: Brown Bag Lecture, "Flour Mills of Saline County," by Jan Stehlik, Saline County Historical Society, Dorchester. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

March 21: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "The History of Lincoln's Saline Wetlands," by Don Cunningham, NSHS associate director. Meet at Holiday Inn, Ninth and P Streets, Lincoln, at 6:30 P.M., dinner at 7, program at 8. For reservations (required) or more information, call Margaret Allington, 402-488-5698.

March 21: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "The Missouri River Flood of 1952," by Gary Kerr and Dave Hamer. Meet at Caniglia's Restaurant, 1114 South 7th St., Omaha, at 6 P.M. For reservations (required), call Bob Savage at 402-391-3252.

April 11: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "Lewis and Clark Adventure," by Gary Moulton. Meet as above.

April 16: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, global positioning by satellite (GPS) for guidance and fun while exploring the Lewis and Clark Trail, Cliff Dorcy and Ann Addison. Meet as above.

April 18: Brown Bag Lecture, to be announced. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

April 18: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "The Story of Prospect Hill Cemetery," by Stu Lynn and Roy Harris. Meet as above.


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MUSEUM of NEBRASKA HISTORY
15th & "P" Streets 402-471-3447

March Markdowns
INVENTORY CLEARANCE SALE

March 18 - 24, 2002

10:00 - 4:30, Monday - Friday
1:00 - 4:00, Saturday and Sunday



In observance of Easter, the Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be closed Sunday, March 31. Call for holiday hours at the Cather Site (402-746-2653) and the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388).

In observance of Arbor Day, headquarters offices, the Library/Archives, the Gerald R. Ford Center in Omaha, and the historic sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be closed Friday, April 26. The Library/Archives will be closed Saturday, April 27. The Museum of Nebraska History will be open both days. For holiday hours at Cather and Neihardt call as above.


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