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January / February 2004

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Foundation Trustee John Massey and wife Megan and Foundation trustee Jeanne Westervelt and husband Ted at the Scottsbluff reception.

Trustees Host Foundation Reception in Scottsbluff

Foundation trustees Loren Faaborg, John Massey, and Jeanne Westervelt, with Society trustees Joyce Hillman-Kortum and Jack Preston, hosted over forty guests during a November reception at the Hampton Inn in Scottsbluff.

The reception provided an opportunity for the hosts' friends and colleagues to get acquainted with the Foundation and the Society while enjoying humorous and entertaining stories about our state's history.

John Carter, folklorist and senior research associate with the Historical Society, entertained the guests with interesting and little known stories about Nebraska history.

Our thanks to the Scottsbluff trustees for providing a fabulous occasion to make new friends of Nebraska history.

Sellers Award Increased to $1,000 in 2004 Through a Donation from Dr. Sellers's Family

Catherine Sellers-Angle and John Angle have provided additional funding to their establishing gift to increase the annual award presented to the author of the outstanding article in the Nebraska History magazine.

Catherine and John first established the award honoring Catherine's father, Dr. James Sellers, in 1967. With their current gift, they have significantly increased the award for the author of the winning article ­ from its present $400, to $1,000 in 2004.

Dr. Sellers taught history at UN-L for nearly thirty years and chaired the department during the 1950s. He supported the Historical Society as editor of Nebraska History and served twenty years as a member of the Executive Board as well as superintendent, 1944-46, and president in 1958.

The Angles' added support of the Sellers Award will encourage the submission of high quality articles and assure the award's prestige in the future.

Grace Carmody
Grace Carmody holding the plaque that will be affixed to the Stolley House announcing her family's support for its ongoing care.

Stolley House Historic Preservation Fund Established

William Stolley was one of a small band of German immigrants who came to the central Platte Valley of the Nebraska Territory in 1857. Stolley filed the first squatter's claim in the county, which the Nebraska Legislature later designated as Stolley State Park in 1927.

William built a two-room log cabin on the homestead in 1859 and added a second story and a wing on to the cabin in 1894. After the cabin had sustained many years of occupancy and abrasion, William Stolley's grandchildren felt a need to restore the house.His grandchildren, siblings Grace Palmer Carmody, Lillian Palmer Lappe, and Richard Palmer, knew the building needed renovation and repair and a tenant that would appreciate its historic significance.

Grace and her family established a fund at the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation to support the repair, renovation, and maintenance of the historic property.

Grace provided a substantial gift to establish the fund and has made a provision for an estate gift to supplement her initial gift. Grace's gift provided leverage to the city of Grand Island's funding to care for the property.

The Nebraska State Historical Society Historic Preservation Division is overseeing the work in cooperation with the city of Grand Island. Much of the restoration has been completed, and a grand opening is tentatively planned for later this spring. As soon as the work on the house is finished, the Hall County Historical Society will call it "home" with an office, conference rooms, and research area.

The Foundation is pleased to be a partner in the restoration project. Grace and her siblings' support for the Stolley House is a wonderful example of what a public/private partnership can accomplish.

For more information on how you could support historic preservation in your town or throughout the state, contact the Foundation office at 888-515-3535.

Here's one resolution you can make... and KEEP!

Everyone makes them... New Year resolutions. Here's an idea for a resolution you can make and KEEP!

The New Year is a perfect time to review your will. You can reflect over the changes that have occurred since you last reviewed your will.

Maybe you've been blessed by the arrival of grandchildren. Are you about to begin your new and exciting life of retirement? Maybe you are going to make your winter home your permanent address.

All of those events are significant and can have an impact on the true effectiveness of your will. Changes in any conditions in place when you first drafted your will should cause you to review your plans and consider the new circumstances. Here are some areas where changes may occur and cause you to review your will:

Your will or trust offers you a tremendous opportunity to leave a lasting legacy. Through a bequest, you can support in perpetuity the important work of the Nebraska State Historical Society and other organizations that you value. Charitable bequests can be tailored to meet your specific personal and financial objectives. It is important to review these provisions to be certain they continue to reflect your present intentions.

The best time to review your estate is now. This also applies if you are one of the seventy percent of Americans without a will. Start your review by creating or updating a list of assets, including your retirement-plan accounts and life insurance. Then consider how you would like to provide for family members and charitable organizations.

Once you have thought about these factors, take your ideas to an attorney who specializes in estate planning to advise you about your plans.

Giving is, of course, about much more than estate taxes and wills. With your charitable gift, the Nebraska State Historical Society can provide greater access to the many fascinating stories of our state and the artifacts that help tell the stories.

For more information on how you could significantly reduce your estate taxes and help us safeguard and share our state's history, contact the NSHS Foundation, your tax advisor, or attorney.

Douglas Theatre Company Sponsors 2004 Film Series
at Museum of Nebraska History

The Douglas Theatre Company is sponsoring the Society's sixteenth annual film series entitled Making Us Laugh: Nebraskans in Comedies. The films will highlight Nebraska actors, actresses, and directors whose films have made us laugh over the years. All films are shown, free of charge, at the Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P streets, Lincoln, at 1:30 p.m.

Our thanks to the Douglas Theatre Company for its gift to the Foundation, making this program possible. The series begins on January 18, 2004, and runs for seven weeks. Try to join us for one of these great films:

January 18: The Freshman (1990) Marlon Brando satirizes his earlier role from The Godfather in this comedy.

January 25: Airplane! (1980) Bellevue High School graduate Robert Hays stars in this parody of disaster films.

February 1: Cannery Row (1982) Omaha's Nick Nolte romances Debra Winger in a film based on John Steinbeck's stories.

February 8: The Male Animal (1942) Henry Fonda plays a college professor jealous of his wife's old flame, a football hero.

February 15: Our Man Flint (1966) Laurel native James Coburn spoofs James Bond and other secret agent films of the 1960s.

February 22: Funny Face (1957) With George Gershwin tunes as an accompaniment, photographer Fred Astaire turns bookstore clerk Audrey Hepburn into a fashion model.

February 29: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) Excerpts from many of Lloyd's classic comedies are highlighted in this documentary.

2003-04 Foundation Board of Directors

Allison D. Petersen, Walton, President
Steven E. Guenzel, Lincoln, Executive Vice President
Jack D. Campbell, Lincoln, Vice President
C. John Guenzel, Lincoln, Treasurer
Joanne F. Shephard, Valentine, Secretary
Martha Greer, Lincoln
Dr. James W. Hewitt, Lincoln
Dr. William F. Karrer, Omaha
Dr. Frederick C. Luebke, Lincoln
Carol Maddux, Wauneta
Dr. Martin A. Massengale, Lincoln
John D. Massey, Scottsbluff
George H. Moyer, Jr., Madison
James F. Nissen, Lincoln
Robert D. Northrop, Lincoln
Cynthia Olson, Lisco
Amy Scott-Willer, Omaha
John W. Webster, Omaha
S. N. "Bud" Wolbach, Grand Island
Dr. John Wunder, Lincoln

Lawrence J. Sommer, Lincoln, NSHS Director, Ex-officio
Jack Preston, Lyman, NSHS President, Ex-officio
Patricia Phillips, Omaha, NSHS Treasurer, Ex-officio

Contact Information:

Jackie Spahn, Executive Director
Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation
Kinman-Oldfield Suite 1010
128 North 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1565

Ph: 402-435-3535
Toll Free: 888-515-3535
Fax: 402-435-3986

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