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July/August 2002


FOURTH FORT ROBINSON HISTORY CONFERENCE A SUCCESS

The Fourth Fort Robinson History Conference held at historic Fort Robinson near Crawford, Nebraska, April 25-27, was declared a resounding success by the more than 180 participants, who praised the event's setting as well as the quality of its plenary session papers, planning, organization, and ancillary events. Jointly sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the 2002 conference focused on the theme "Indian Wars Leaders and Leadership."

The two-day conference featured morning plenary sessions in which seven presenters delivered papers on diverse subjects related to Indian Wars-period leadership. Afternoon activities included driving and walking tours to significant sites on the fort grounds and in the surrounding area, social activities, and living history demonstrations. The conference also marked the official release of Fort Robinson and the American Century, 1900-1948, the second in a two-volume series on the history of Fort Robinson by Thomas R. Buecker, curator of the NSHS Fort Robinson Museum.

Plenary session presenters included R. Eli Paul of Overland Park, Kansas; Douglas C. McChristian of Tucson, Arizona; James A. Hanson of Chadron, Nebraska; Carla Kelly of Williston, North Dakota; John Monnett of Denver; Bob Rea of Fort Supply Historic Site, Oklahoma; and Kingsley M. Bray of Manchester, UK. The event's closing banquet featured a keynote address on General Philip Sheridan by Paul Andrew Hutton, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Also present were David Little of the Lakota Heritage Society of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, who spoke on leadership traditions among the Sioux, and living history demonstrators from Williston, North Dakota, who interpreted elements of nineteenth-century army life in the Sixth U.S. Infantry.

Major funding for the conference, held biannually, was provided by Ronald and Judith Stolz Parks of Papillion, Nebraska, and the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation.

STATE HISTORY DAY WINNERS RECOGNIZED

Pierce, Madison, Crawford, Harrison, Auburn, Norfolk, Osmond, Trumbull, Nebraska City, Elkhorn, Columbus, Beatrice, Johnson, Omaha, and Lincoln--What do these hometowns have in common? They are the hometowns of outstanding youth history-tellers! On Monday, May 13, 2002, at the state capitol, these youth, their teachers, and families celebrated their history achievements at the sixth annual History Day Celebration. The students were among the fifty-four state History Day winners who created original papers, exhibits, documentaries, and performances to tell stories of state, national, and world history centered around this year's theme of "Revolution, Reform, and Reaction in History." Nebraska's state winners will travel to College Park, Maryland, in June for National History Day competition. History Day Celebration included professional critiques, an awards ceremony at the capitol, and a pizza party at the Museum of Nebraska History. For more information about creating or sponsoring a History Day entry, please contact Ron Naugle at Nebraska Wesleyan University, 402-465-2441.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

To reach Jim Potter, NSHS senior research historian, address him at P.O. Box 1276, Chadron, NE 69337; e-mail jpotter@bbc.net; office telephone 308-432-0588; fax 308-432-5963.

FREE GIFT OFFER FOR NSHS MEMBERS

Would you like a free gift just for telling a friend or relative about the Nebraska State Historical Society? You will if they decide to join!

First, tell them about the benefits of membership: the quarterly magazine Nebraska History, the bimonthly, members-only Historical Newsletter, free admission to Society historical sites and museums, invitations to "members-only" special events, and discounts on purchases from site and museum stores. And remind them that members also learn about Nebraska's rich history and help support the programs and services of the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Then pass along this name and number: Karen Heath, Membership Coordinator, toll free 888-515-3535 or 402-435-3535. If a new member names you as the referring member, we'll send you a gift, so be sure they mention your name! (Or you can call to let us know the new member you've referred.) If you have questions, call Karen at the numbers above.

Membership Categories:

Annual: $30 per year for an individual
Family: $45 per year (2 adults and children under 18 years)
Supporting: $75 per year for an individual ($45 of this is tax-deductible)
Contributing: $100 per year for an individual ($70 of this is tax-deductible)
Life Member: $1,000 for an individual (can be paid in two $500 annual installments)

Call now before membership rates increase!

MNH / HISTORIC SITES

NEIHARDT DAY EVENTS TO FOCUS ON "YEAR OF MONA"

The annual Neihardt Day celebration will be held Sunday, August 4, at the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site in Bancroft. Still focusing on "'Year of Mona': Women in Literature and the Arts," the program will include a reading of Neihardt's "The Homecoming of the Bride," with a reenactment of John bringing Mona by buggy to the Bancroft house. Lyn DeNaeyer and Deb Carpenter will perform their NHC presentation, The Heart's Compass, at 2 P.M.

The day begins with a board of directors meeting at 9 A.M. and a general membership meeting at 10. Lunch is available for purchase from 11:30 to 1. A special exhibit of sculpture and personal items belonging to Mona Neihardt is on display through October. For information, call the Neihardt Center at 1-888-777-4667.

JULY/AUGUST CHANGES IN MUSEUM HOURS AND LECTURE SERIES

The air conditioning system at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History in Lincoln has failed, necessitating changes in hours and programming until a new system can be installed. During July and August the museum will be open mornings only, 9 to12, Monday through Saturday. The building will be closed on Sundays.

Two noon-hour, brown bag lecture series will be cancelled for July and August. The Preservation Association of Lincoln's lectures, scheduled for July 9 and August 13, will not be held at the museum. The Nebraska State Historical Society's brown bag lectures, scheduled for July 18 and August 15 will be rescheduled for later dates.

Emergency funding for the air conditioning replacement will be provided by the state's Task Force for Building Renewal. Because the museum houses thousands of historic artifacts, the new system will be designed to meet museum standards for temperature and humidity.

For more information, contact the museum at 402-471-4754 or visit the Society's website, www.nebraskahistory.org.

 

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

Allen Family History, 1788-1988: Memoirs, Diaries, Letters [compiled by Esther Allen]. (Family in Saline & Clay counties.)

And This Was Home: Autobiographical Novel, a true story by Marguerite Thompson Schmidt. (Thompson family in Lancaster County.)

Edna Rease/Struble "Scrapbook" [compiled from the Edna Struble scrapbook in the possession of Lois Struble St. John]. (Rease, Struble & Lovell families in Buffalo County.)

From the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts to Nebraska, 1638-1996; The History and Genealogy of the Family of Maxine Chapin, by Leopold H. Hoppe. (Chapin, Mefford, Hoppe, Magarrell and Mayfield families in Douglas and Cass counties.)

Lincoln, The Capital City, and Lancaster County, Nebraska: Index, indexed by Ellen DeVries, 2002.

Our Family Tree: [Nelson, Seaman . . . , compiled by Hope M. Peterson]. (Swedish American families in Greeley, Clay and Wheeler counties.)

Some Reiman(n) Descendants: (Pickled Histories), compiled by William Neil Oliver and Frances Bernice Reiman Comstock. . . . (Reiman family in Nuckolls County.)

LIBRARY/ARCHIVES WISH LIST

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

Above a Common Soldier: Frank and Mary Clarke in the American West and Civil War, edited by Darlis A. Miller. Rev. ed. of To Form a More Perfect Union. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997. ISBN 0826317995.

Across the Northern Frontier: Spanish Explorations in Colorado, by Phil Carson. Johnson Books, 1998. ISBN 1555662161.

All the World's a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876-1916, by Robert W. Rydell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.

American Frontier and Western Issues: A Historiographical Review, edited by Roger L. Nichols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.

An Annotated Guide to the Chronicles of Oklahoma, 1921-1994, by Carol Welsh. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1996. ISBN 0941498700.

Another America: Native American Maps and the History of Our Land, by Mark Warhus. St. Martins Press, 1997. ISBN 0312150547.

An Army of Women: Gender and Politics in Gilded Age Kansas, by Michael L. Goldberg. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. ISBN 0801855624.

The Ascent of Chiefs: Cahokia and Mississippian Politics in Native North America, by Timothy R. Pauketat. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994.

The Black Cowboys, by Gina DeAngelis. Chelsea House, 1997. ISBN 079102590X.

The Blackfeet, Artists of the Northern Plains, by Bob Scriver. Kansas City: The Lowell Group, Inc., 1991.

Blackfeet Indians, by Frank Bird Linderman. Grammercy, 1995. ISBN 0517148072.

Black Frontiersman: The Memoirs of Henry O. Flipper, First Black Graduate of West Point, by Henry Ossian Flipper. Texas Christian University Press, 1997. ISBN 0875651712.

Bloody Knife: Custer's Favorite Scout, by Ben Innis, edited by Richard E. Collin. Bismarck, ND: Smoky Water Press, 1994. ISBN 0964438909.

Brownie the Boomer: The Life of Charles P. Brown, An American Railroader, edited by H. Roger Grant. Dekalb: Northern Illinois Press, 1991.

The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Vol. 1: North America, edited by Bruce G. Trigger & Wilcomb E. Washburn. ISBN 0521344409.

Charles M. Russell: The Life and Legend of America's Cowboy Artist, by John Taliaferro. Little, Brown, 1996. ISBN 0316831905.

Chilson's History of Fort Sisseton, by Norma Johnson & Herman Chilson. Webster, SD: ESCO Publishing, 1996, 1998. ISBN 0965214400.

Colonial Ste. Genevieve: An Adventure on the Mississippi Frontier, by Carl J. Ekberg. Patrice Press, 1996. ISBN 1880397145.

Contemporary Native American Communities: Stepping Stones to the Seventh Generation, edited by Troy Johnson and Duane Champagne. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 1998.

Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues, edited by Duane Champagne.Vol. 3. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 1998.

Contemporary Native American Political Issues, edited by Troy Johnson. Vol. 2. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 1998.

The Cowboy: Representations of Labor in an American Work Culture, by Blake Allmendinger. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Cowboys: A Library of Congress Book, by Martin W. Sandler. Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 1994. ISBN 0060233184.

Cowgirls: Women of the Wild West, by Elizabeth Clair Flood. Santa Fe: Zon International Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0939549182.

Custer Adventure, compiled by Richard Upton. Segundo, CA: Upton & Sons, 1990. Reprint of 1975 ed.

Cutting Into the Meatpacking Line: Workers and Change in the Rural Midwest, by Deborah Fink. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. ISBN 0807846953.

The Dance House Stories From Rosebud, by Joseph Marshall III. St. Paul: Red Crane Books, 1998. ISBN 187861066X.

Danes in North America, edited by Frederick Hale. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1984.

Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America, by Peter C. Mancall. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1996.

Dear Poppa: The World War II Berman Family Letters, compiled by Ruth Berman and edited by Judy Barrett Litoff. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1997.

Desert Between the Mountains: Mormons, Miners, Padres, Mountain Men, and the Opening of the Great Basin, 1772-1869, by Michael S. Durham. Henry Holt & Co., 1997. ISBN 0805041613.

Digging for Dollars: American Archaeology and the New Deal, by Paul Fagette. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996.

Documents That Move and Speak: Audiovisual Archives in the New Information Age, K. G. Saur, 1993. ISBN 359811043X.

Dying and Living on the Kansas Prairie: A Diary, by Carol Brunner Rutledge. University Press of Kansas, 1994. ISBN 0700606491.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 10: 100th Annual Old Settlers Celebration, including Classic and Custom Car Show, Indianola. Festivities include raffles, games, awarding of trophies for stock and custom, kiddie carnival, craft fair, parade, and evening street dance.
For information contact Doug Shadley at 308-364-9282; Dan Bahl, 308-364-2549; or John Chisholm 308-364-2218.


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MUSEUM STORE

The Nebraska State Historical Society Museum Stores invite you to shop with us! Stop in or give us a call to learn more about our educational and unique merchandise that will engage your mind and bring back memories. Don't forget about your store discount.

New from the Museum Store

Sterling silver petroglyph jewelry. This jewelry line uses common rock art designs or symbols. Check out our new Sun pendant and earrings, the Spiral cuff bracelet, and the Water bracelet and earrings.

Commemorative reproductions of the Thomas Jefferson Peace Medal, often referred to as the "Lewis and Clark Indian Peace Medal," are now available in both silver and copper. These medallions are a limited edition and individually numbered.

Nebraska State Historical Society Museum Store
1-800-833-6747 or 402-471-3447



In observance of Independence Day, headquarters offices, the Gerald R. Ford Center in Omaha, and the Library/Archives will be closed Thursday, July 4. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be open July 4. Call for holiday hours at the Cather Site (402-746-2653) and the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388).

In observance of Labor Day, headquarters offices and the Ford Center will be closed Monday, September 2. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be open. For holiday hours at Cather and Neihardt call as above.


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