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March / April 2005


Omaha bandolier bag
Omaha bandolier bag, 1900-10, incorporating the horse motif, a common decorative element. See more Beadwork Masterpieces: Native American Bandolier Bags of the Prairies and Lakes at the Museum of Nebraska History in Lincoln. Outstanding bags from the NSHS collections are complemented by examples from the Anthropology Division of the University of Nebraska State Museum, the University of Kansas Museum of Anthropology in Lawrence, and Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri. On exhibit through 2005.

NSHS Board of Trustees Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates

Jack Preston, 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 Historical Society members. Board meetings are held quarterly at various locations across the state. The board of trustees consists of twelve individuals elected by the Historical Society membership, and three appointed by the governor of Nebraska. The board of trustees assists in setting policies, provides guidance in strategic planning, and offers overall support to the director, staff, Historical Society members, and volunteers.

Individuals interested in running for the board must contact Jack Preston by June 1, 2005, at 192726 Preston Road, Lyman, Nebraska 69352-1764, or jpreston@actcom.net, or by phone at 308-247-2888. For further information about membership contact the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation at 1-888-515-3535 or 402-435-3535.

new board members
New members of the NSHS Board of Trustees: John Schleicher (left)
of Omaha, Cheryl Clark of Elwood, and Floyd Vrtiska of Table Rock.

2005 - The Year of Conservation

The Society's Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2005. You'll have an opportunity to join the festivities and learn more about how the Ford Center is helping to ensure that our cultural heritage survives. On March 17 Conservation Division staff will present some of their "greatest hits" - significant pieces that have been treated at the Ford Center - at the Brown Bag History Forum lecture scheduled for 12 noon at the Museum of Nebraska History. A new issue of Nebraska Trailblazer, the Nebraska State Historical Society's free newspaper for schoolchildren, will focus on conservation, and offer kids a do-it-yourself experiment on how materials deteriorate over time. Stay tuned for other activities - workshops, presentations, and more!

Pages in History to Meet

Anyone who loves literature about Nebraska and the West is invited to participate in the Nebraska State Historical Society's new Pages in History series. "What we are going to do is read some great literature about our past, and relate the discussion to the collections, staff, and other resources of the NSHS," said NSHS Volunteer Coordinator Deb McWilliams. Volunteers, NSHS members, staff, and the public are welcome.

Pages in History will meet in the auditorium at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P streets, Lincoln, at 2 p.m. Dates and topics for the upcoming discussions are:
 
March 24: Happy as a Big Sunflower: Adventures in the West, 1876-1880, by Rolf Johnson, edited by Richard E. Jensen, the NSHS senior research anthropologist. Rolf Johnson's diaries of the settlement in Phelps County and travels in the West.

April 28: Fort Robinson and the American West: 1874-1899, by Thomas R. Buecker, curator, Fort Robinson Museum. Drawing from government records, reports, correspondence, and reminiscences, the book details the fort's role during the Indian wars and as the home of the black cavalry (buffalo soldiers).

Books may be purchased at the NSHS Museum Store at Fifteenth and P streets, Lincoln, checked out from your local library, or purchased from other bookstores. Please contact the NSHS at 471-3272 if you have questions or plan to attend.

Ann and Tara
Ann Billesbach, NSHS associate director for museums and historic sites, talks
with Tara Steiner about Willa Cather during a Pages In History discussion.


Legislative Update:
Bills Related to Nebraska History and Heritage Considered

Amendment One Leads to LB 66

Nebraska voters approved Amendment One by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin in the November 2 general election. This amendment to the Nebraska Constitution cleared the way for the legislature to enact legislation allowing a temporary "hold" on the property tax assessment of historic properties. The measure does not allow a historic property to be taken off the tax rolls­it only allows the legislature to consider legislation that would freeze, for a limited time, any property tax assessment increase resulting from a historic property's rehabilitation.

Senator Don Pederson of North Platte has introduced LB 66 in the 2005 session of the Unicameral that will implement this provision of the Nebraska constitution. The Nebraska legislature is currently considering this legislation that:

The bill has been identified as one of Senator Pederson's priority bills for the session. To access a copy of the legislation and updates on its progress in the legislature, contact the senator representing your district by calling 471-2709 (Lincoln area only) or toll-free 800-742-7456 (other Nebraska areas) or check the Unicameral's website: http://www.unicam.state.ne.us.

Other Bills To Note:


MNH/HISTORIC SITES

U.S. Poet Laureate Featured in Display

Nebraska poet Ted Kooser, the thirteenth Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress, and his works are featured in a colorful kiosk on display, March 27-April 8, at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History in Lincoln. The kiosk introduces viewers to Kooser's writing and describes his responsibilities as the nation's Poet Laureate.

The kiosk is one of two jointly developed by the Lincoln City Library Foundation, the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, and the Friends of the Libraries of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kooser was the founding president of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, a group that supports the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, housed on the third floor of Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln.

One kiosk will travel to each Lincoln public library location during the next several months. The second kiosk will be displayed at sites throughout the capital city, including the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History at Fifteenth and P streets, Lincoln, March 27-April 8.

For more information about the kiosks, please contact the Lincoln City Library Foundation at 441-0164.

Jerry Tharp
Docent Jerry Tharp provides a tour to assisted living directors
through the First Nebraskans exhibit at the Nebraska State
Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History.


LIBRARY / ARCHIVES

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

[Adams County, Nebraska: 1885 Census Index (Transcription)], transcribed by Eva Burns Bachman.

Back to the Future, 1869-1994: Sterling, Nebraska, 125 Years and Beyond [compiled by the Sterling Committee].

The Beiriger, Bourg and Diederich Family Histories, compiled by Jackie Moline. (Families as listed as well as Portz and Bausch families, all in Adams County.)

History of and Descendants of Herman Rehwold: Born in Lubeck, Germany, March 14, 1836, by [Elizabeth (Wehe) Price]. (Family in Thayer County.)

In Search of John Dowell: A Dowell Family History, 1620-2002, [compiled] by Clark D. Christoffersen and Amy Beth Dowell Christoffersen. (Scotch-Irish family in Richardson County.)

The Linder Sourcebook: Origins, Distribution and Immigrants, by Harold Linder (Swiss American family in Nebraska.)

The Lissman Family's Long Journey: Germany to Russia­1766, Russia to America, 1900-1913, [compiled] by Evelyn Lissman. (Russian German family in Nuckolls and Adams counties.)

The Nyes of Fremont: An American Story, by James R. Hanson. (Family in Dodge County.)

Pages From a Diary: Jacob & Elisa Stouffer 1843-1880 [edited by C. S. Stouffer]. (Family in Richardson and Sarpy counties.)

Voices From Exeter 125: Exeter 125 Years, 1879-2004, [compiled by] Exeter History Book Committee.


UPCOMING EVENTS

March 6: Curators' Choice: Sunday Afternoon Film Series. The President's Analyst (1967) As secret headshrinker to the president, James Coburn becomes increasingly paranoid in this wicked satire. 1:30 p.m., Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

March 17: Brown Bag Lecture, "Topics in Conservation." Join staff members from the Nebraska State Historical Society's Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center for topical information about conservation projects in the state. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

March 20: Sunday at the Museum Series, "The Landscapes of Yeats," with Irish poet Desmond Egan reading his own works, slides of the Irish countryside, and commentary on William Butler Yeats's works by Michael Nolan of Norfolk. 2 p.m., John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. Free and open to the public; reception following. For information contact the Neihardt Site at 1-888-777-4667 or neihardt@gpcom.net

March 24: Pages in History, facilitated book discussion of Happy as a Big Sunflower: Adventures in the West, 1876-1880, by Rolf Johnson, edited by Richard E. Jensen. 2 p.m., Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public. For information see above.

April 17: Sunday at the Museum Series, renowned Nebraska storyteller and folksinger Tom May, creator and host of River City Folk, in concert. 2 p.m., John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. Free and open to the public; reception following. For information contact the Neihardt Site as above.

April 21: Brown Bag Lecture, "Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame," by Larry Walklin, College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UN-L. Walklin will provide a perspective on the history of broadcasting in Nebraska through information about important personalities and decision makers who have been recognized with membership in the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

April 28: Pages in History, facilitated book discussion of Fort Robinson and the American West: 1874-1899, by Thomas R. Buecker. 2 p.m., Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public. For information see above.

April 30: Annual Neihardt Spring Conference, "Neihardt and Journalism," featuring prominent reporters and feature writers. By preregistration only, John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. For information contact the Neihardt Foundation at 1-888-777-4667 or neihardt@gpcom.net


Indian on horseback logo
IDEAS from the MUSEUM STORE
to Celebrate Nebraska's Birthday
and Arbor Day

 Nebraska Stickers. Twelve stickers of Nebraska state symbols with historical description on the reverse side.

 Nebraska Flag. Four-by-five-inch desk size (with stand).

 Nebraska and Kansas Territory Map. Approximate size, thirty-one by twenty-two inches. A full-color reproduction of the first published map of Nebraska and Kansas territories.

 Pride in Our Hometowns: Portraits of Nebraska, Great Places To Live, Fun Places to Visit! Includes twenty-two communities across Nebraska; produced as a cooperative effort by the newspapers that serve these communities.

 Trees: Fandex Family Field Guide. Features North America's forest and backyard trees; die-cut visual with description.

 Backyard Explorer Kit: Leaf Collecting, by Rona Beame. Kit includes collecting envelope, leaf album, and Leaf and Tree Guide. Ages 6 - 12.

 Champion of Arbor Day: J. Sterling Morton, by Sandy Beaty and J. L. Wilkerson. Ages 8 - 12.


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