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November / December 2004

The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation Presents
"An Evening with Ken Burns, America's Greatest Storyteller"
November 20 at the Rococo Theatre in the Historic Stuart Building

For twenty years documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has touched and moved Americans with stories from our past. His monumental eleven-hour PBS documentary series, The Civil War, is considered a television landmark that has changed the way America understands its history. In some twenty films-including Baseball, Jazz, The West, The Brooklyn Bridge, Mark Twain, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Thomas Jefferson-Burns has told America some of its own most important stories.

The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation is delighted to invite you to meet Ken Burns, "America's Storyteller," in person on November 20 at the Rococo Theatre in the historic Stuart Building at Thirteenth and P streets in downtown Lincoln.

Entertainment will include several of Nebraska's best-known musicians: Peter Blakeslee, Dave Fowler, Steve Hanson, Carolyn Johnsen, David Morris, and the Landis Family-David, Melodee, and Matt. They'll be performing a rich variety of tunes, from the historic 1854 anti-slavery song, "The Right of Nebraska," to hot modern swing.

Tickets for this fundraising event are $35 per person (a portion of this amount may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution). A complimentary dessert buffet is included. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m., Ken Burns will speak at 8. Seating is limited. Call 402-435-3535 for reservations.
Ken Burns

Your Year-End Gift to the Foundation Could Brighten Your Spring.

As you consider your year-end tax planning, consider making good use of the income tax charitable deduction. Your 2004 year-end gift can significantly reduce your income taxes and demonstrate your belief in our mission to protect and preserve Nebraska history. We are pleased to provide you with any additional information. Here are a few highlights of some of the ways you might be able to reduce your income taxes and provide important support for the Nebraska State Historical Society. Also, we urge you to discuss your tax planning with your accountant or other professional advisor.

Gifts of Life Insurance ­ You can contribute a life insurance policy by naming us as the owner or as the beneficiary. If you name us as owner and beneficiary, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction limited to the lower of the value of the policy or the cash basis in the contract.

Gifts from your Retirement Accounts ­ If you are more than fifty-nine and one-half and have traditional retirement accounts, you may wish to use cash withdrawals to make year-end charitable gifts. Your withdrawal creates a corresponding deduction on your taxes the same year. This allows you to withdraw funds from your retirement account without a tax consequence. Making a gift in this way also assures that those funds will never be subject to income, gift, or estate taxes.

Gifts of Securities ­ If you have investments that have increased in value during the time you have owned them, you may wish to use them to fund all or a portion of your charitable gifts this year. Those investments can offer a tax-efficient way to make a meaningful gift with little or no impact on your expendable income. Your stockbroker or trust officer can help you select the most advantageous way to make a gift of stock and complete arrangement for the gift.

Foundation Support Enhances Public Access to Valuable Information

With the help of grants provided by the Foundation, Library Archives Division interns (l-r) Rebecca Martz and Traci Robison determine appropriate disposition of materials, complete legal transfer of paperwork, correspond with donors, properly house and store materials, manage location data, and create and update descriptions in collection files. Interns are valuable assets to the division for special projects.

Foundation Presented "Preserving Your Heirlooms"
at the Lauritzen Gardens Antique and Garden Show on Sept. 10

Julie A. Reilly, chief conservator of the Nebraska State Historical Society's Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha, shared with a crowd of seventy the importance of preserving our heirlooms. Examples of special conservation projects performed by the staff at the Ford Center and valuable information on what we can do to ensure that our treasures will survive for posterity were presented. For information on conservation projects, contact the Gerald R. Ford Center at 402-595-1180 and take a tour!

Foundation Staff Spotlight

Jennifer Reifenrath joins Foundation staff. Jennifer is from Battle Creek and is a senior at UN-L, pursuing a major in accounting with a minor in sociology. Jen remembers learning about Nebraska history in seventh grade and feels it is important to teach children about the history of their state. She will assist with membership and the daily operations of the Foundation.

See all that Nebraska history has to offer at: www.nebraskahistory.org

2004-05 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
James C. Creigh, Omaha
Bruce M. Frasier, Omaha
Martha Greer, Lincoln
Dr. James W. Hewitt, Lincoln
Dr. William F. Karrer, Omaha
Carol Maddux, Wauneta
Dr. Martin A. Massengale, Lincoln
John D. Massey, Scottsbluff
George H. Moyer, Jr., Madison
James F. Nissen, Lincoln
Andrew D. Strotman, Lincoln
John W. Webster, Omaha
Dr. John Wunder, Lincoln

Lawrence J. Sommer, Lincoln, NSHS Director, Ex-officio
Patrick Kennedy, Omaha, 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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