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January/February 1999

For the Health of It - Volunteer

Now that the holiday season is behind us, you may be wondering what to do for your health and to feel good? Do you exercise? Watch your diet? Volunteer? If you are receiving this newsletter, I know that you already volunteer. Feel free however to share this information with a neighbor, friend, co-worker, or family member.

While you may not think of volunteering as the first step to improving your health, you will notice that serving as a volunteer can provide positive physical and emotional results. It can help you grow and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

By volunteering and practicing these healthful tips you will stay healthy and feel good about your accomplishments:

Gain new skills: Spend a day volunteering to do a new project. NSHS has many projects pick from. New skills will strengthen your mind while assisting in checking one more task off someone's list.

Friendship: Volunteering enables you to meet diverse people who may share a common interest. Working together on a project for even a few hours can be a friendship-building experience.

Escape from your routine: Taking time out from your regular routine and spending it in a way that helps others will make you feel good.

Rewards: Volunteering will help you feel good about yourself and boost your self-esteem. Self-esteem and basic happiness contribute to good health, and through volunteering, you will see these benefits grow in your life and in the lives of the people you are helping.

Volunteering doesn't cost you anything - it is a benefit to your mind and your body. Begin a new habit! Volunteer for the health of it! Encourage your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family to do the same. Volunteer!


Let's Celebrate!!
The Nebraska State Historical Society
invites you and your guest
to join us for a
post-holiday celebration and treats
on Sunday, January 17, 1999.
We will gather at the Eastlake Manor House,
720 South 16th Street, Lincoln,
between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to Deb McWilliams at 471-4955
by Monday, January 11.
We hope to see you there!
(Plenty of parking is available in the area, too!!)

NSHS Board of Trustees

Sometimes we tend to forget about a group of volunteers that provides a great deal of guidance to the Nebraska State Historical Society - our Board of Trustees. NSHS is governed by a fifteen member board. Twelve of the members are elected by the Society's membership (broken down by congressional district), and three are appointed by the governor.

The Board of Trustees assists in setting policies, provides guidance in strategic planning, and offers overall support to the director, staff, Society members, and volunteers. The fifteen-member board has representatives from across the entire state. If you happen to know any of the board members be sure to let them know how much you appreciate the time and effort they give as members of the board. They include:

Keith Blackledge, North Platte
Lucy Madden Buntain, Lincoln
Burdette Cooley, LeMoyne
Dr. Sara Crook, Peru
James Denney, Omaha
Walter M. Duda, Omaha
Jane Graff, Seward
Dr. Herb Grandbois, Omaha
Janyce Hunt, Blair
Dr. Dick Loosbrock, Chadron
Jim McKee, Lincoln
Dr. William Pratt, Omaha
Dr. Helen Stauffer, Kearney
Dr. Martha Ellen Webb, Omaha
Dr. John Weihing, Gering

Film Series Features Fred Astaire

To commemorate the centenary of Fred Astaire's birth in Nebraska, the 1999 NSHS film series features some of Astaire's best musicals. Frederick Austerlitz was born in Omaha on May 10, 1899. With his sister, Adele, and with Astaire as their stage name, Fred and Adele left Omaha to pursue fame in New York. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, and although Adele retired from the act in 1932 to get married, Fred's fame grew in Hollywood. The film series, A Fine Romance: Fred Astaire and the Movies, reflects Astaire's romance with the Hollywood musical, while also showing that this was a perfect coupling of technology (i.e. filmmaking) and art. The films will be shown on Sundays in the Blackman Auditorium at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th & P Streets, Lincoln. All films begin at 2:00 p.m. and are open to the public, free of charge. The schedule is as follows:

January 17 Gay Divorcee
January 24 Top Hat
January 31 Swing Time
February 7 You Were Never Lovelier
February 14 Holiday Inn
February 21 Easter Parade
February 28 Band Wagon
March 7 Daddy Long Legs
March 14 Silk Stockings

For further information about the film series contact Andrea Faling at 402-471-4785.

Won't You Be My
VALENTINE?

Ask your sweetheart and your children out on a "date" to the Museum of Nebraska History on Sunday, February 7, 1999, and celebrate valentine traditions through the ages. Among the many historic party games we'll play, you can "Fish for Hearts" from the Victorian era to find out what your love life will bring in 1999 or match titles to "Dan Cupid's Masterpieces" in a fun game from the 1920s. To learn more about historic traditions of the valentine holiday, you can make historic-style Valentines and gifts for your sweetheart and for your sweet tooth and taste some early 1900s Valentine's Day party foods. Historic Valentines from various periods in Nebraska history will be on display throughout the month of February, and the romantic Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth movie, You Were Never Lovelier, will be shown at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Special thanks to Mettler's family bakery and ABloom flower shop, our special sponsors for this event, for donating baked goods and roses. Call Jessica Stoner, 471-4757, for more information about the "Won't You Be My VALENTINE?" family event on Sunday, February 7, 1999.

January 13
Volunteer Program

All Nebraska State Historical Society volunteers are invited to attend the volunteer programs scheduled for 1999 at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th & P Streets, Lincoln.

Beginning on January 13, 1999, Brent Carmack, historic sites coordinator for the NSHS, will provide volunteers with a program entitled, Drawing on the Beat: John Falter's Jazz Portraits. A coffee half-hour will begin at 9:30, with the program at 10:00. An exhibit featuring the Falter portraits will open at the Museum of Nebraska History on January 7, 1999 (see article entitled, "Falter Exhibit Opens").

For those of you who like planning ahead, future programs are as follows: March 10, May 12, July 14, September 8, and November 10, 1999.

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

Holiday Helpers

Thanks to everyone for your help in making decorations and decorating at the Museum of Nebraska History, the Thomas P. Kennard House, and the Heritage League's Holiday of Trees. We received many favorable comments during the holiday season - your hard work was enjoyed by many!

Falter Exhibit Opens

The exhibition, Drawing on the Beat: John Falter's Jazz Portraits, opens January 7 and runs through December 31, 1999, at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th & P Streets, Lincoln.

John Falter was born in Plattsmouth in 1910, and raised in Falls City. He became one of America's most famous illustrators, best known for his cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post. Falter made the jazz drawings, as seen in the upcoming exhibition, during the 1971 Colorado Jazz Party held at the Broadmoor Hotel near Colorado Springs. A musician himself, Falter captured the essence of jazz performance in these drawings of such greats as Pee Wee Erwin (who was Falter's childhood friend).

For further information about the exhibit contact the museum office at 402-472-4754.

(image caption) Girl Scout Troop 322, along with Exhibits Coordinator Paula Doe (left, back row), show some of the paper Christmas tree ornaments they made as part of their volunteer project. The ornaments were used to decorate the sod house exhibit at the museum.

New Volunteer Faces

Carole Closter, Library/Archives

April Fatemi, Library/Archives

Girl Scout Troop 322 - May Morley Elementary
Amber Burrough, Kailey Keefe, Amelia Myers, Ella Ricker, Jordan Warkow, Alyse Wessale, Latoya Winroth, Shiela Warkow, Leader

Marcy Reisetter, Museum Store

Margaret Waldman, Museum Store


Calendar of Events

January 1: New Year's Day
All NSHS facilities closed.

January 2 & 3: New Year's Day Holiday
Offices closed. Museum of Nebraska History open

January 7: Falter Exhibit Opens
Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 13: Volunteer Programming
9:30-11:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 17: Film Series
Blackman Auditorium, 2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 17: *Post-Holiday Celebration
2 - 4:00 p.m.

January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday
All NSHS facilities closed.

January 21: Brown Bag Lecture
Blackman Auditorium, 12:00 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 24: Film Series
Blackman Auditorium, 2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 31: Film Series
Blackman Auditorium, 2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 7: Film Series
Blackman Auditorium, 2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 7: Valentine Family Event
1:30 - 5, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 14: Film Series
Blackman Auditorium, 2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 15: President's Day Holiday
Offices closed. Museum of Nebraska History open

February 18: Brown Bag Lecture
Blackman Auditorium, 12:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 21: Film Series
Blackman Auditorium, 2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

February 28: Film Series
Blackman Auditorium, 2:00, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, Nebraska

* Indicates location other than Museum of
Nebraska History


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

Apply for Volunteer Service today!

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