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September / October 2004

Foundation Assists Library/Archives with Online Conversion and Archeology Flotes!

Two great success stories that highlight the importance of private support and how it is put to good use:

LIBRARY/ARCHIVES DIVISION ­ With the help of a grant from the NSHS Foundation, the Library/Archives Division at the Nebraska State Historical Society is going online! The grant made it possible to purchase a software system that allows individuals to view the collections of the library online from any computer­anywhere! Library Curator Cindy Drake stated, "Of an estimated 50,000 library titles, over 33,000 are in the Mandarin software database, so we've made a good deal of progress in our outsourcing project to convert manual records into automated form." For example, if you were doing genealogy research and wanted to know if a certain book or newspaper, such as the Randolph Times, was located in the L/A collections, you could search online to find out. Then, once you verified that it was in the library, you could visit, already knowing they had it, or you could send them a request about your topic, and the L/A staff could research, locate, copy, and send what they found for a small fee. Associate Director Andrea Faling commented that this "was another NSHSF-supported success which will make the collections more accessible to many people."

Check out what Mandarin can do for you at www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/librarycatalog.htm.

Andy photograph

ARCHEOLOGY DIVISION ­ What exactly do we mean by Archeology Flotes? The NSHS Foundation assisted with the purchase of a $5,000 Flote-Tech Flotation System. The system helps the Archeology Division at the NSHS cut hours off the sample testing process. Andy Moore (in photo), a junior at UN-L majoring in anthropology, processed soil using the new technology. Archeological Collections Manager/Curator of Anthropology René Botts explained, "The Flote-Tech automates processing archeological soil samples to retrieve botanical and micro-faunal remains (very small animal remains). The remains recovered are analyzed so NSHS archeologists can determine what plant materials and animals may have been collected and possibly consumed by people at the site.  Larger artifacts in the soil are also washed out of the sample.  Archeological artifacts collected while screening soil during fieldwork may also be cleaned gently in the Flote-Tech.

The Flote-Tech has reduced the time required to process soil samples. Once a sample is in the machine the archeological technician can be working on other things.  More materials are separated from the soil samples, resulting in better samples to study. Processing soil samples now requires one fourth the water, and heavy lifting required by the technicians to process soil samples is reduced.

Andy photograph
In the photo, Andy pours a soil sample from the Engineer Cantonment site north of Omaha. Andy comments as he begins, "Every little boy's dream is to play in the dirt and water all day and I get paid to do just that."

Success Stories!

Special gift-giving ideas that can expand your ability to help us create more success stories like this!

Do you have a life insurance policy that you purchased years ago to provide financial protection that you no longer need?

Donating a life insurance policy could be a wonderful way to help us safeguard Nebraska's history. By making the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation the beneficiary of an existing policy, you make good use of your resources and expand your ability to make a significant gift to help us increase the appreciation and understanding of Nebraska's history.

You can also create a new policy with a charitable beneficiary. Use a portion of your annual gifts to pay an insurance premium that may increase the size of your ultimate gift and provide additional resources to make our state's history more accessible.

You can also donate life insurance as part of another gift. For example, if you donate appreciated assets, such as securities or real estate, then, with your understanding, those assets can be sold tax free to purchase an insurance policy. You receive a current tax deduction on the donated assets, increase the size of your gift, and make a major impact on the work of the Nebraska State Historical Society.

For more information on how you can make a charitable gift with life insurance in support of Nebraska history, contact Jackie Spahn, NSHS Foundation executive director, 888-515-3535. As with any gift you make that has significant tax implications, you should consult with a financial advisor to see how this type of giving can best benefit you.

Your philanthropy can do even more when you donate a life insurance policy.

Foundation Staff Spotlight

Carissa Hahn photograph
Meet Carissa Hahn.

Carissa has been at the Foundation since October 2003 and recently took over the responsibilities of membership coordinator. Originally from Orchard, Nebraska, Carissa is a senior at UN-L pursuing a major in accounting and a minor in sociology. When asked what she has gained from her work experience at the Foundation she states, "I never really understood what the Historical Society did; however, I now have a better understanding and appreciation of all the different areas, such as learning about the Ford Conservation Center. I do feel it is important to preserve the history."

Special Offer for New and Existing Members:

Gary E. Moulton's Lewis and Clark on the Middle Missouri ­ FREE!

Become a Member of the Nebraska State Historical Society at the Contributing Level OR upgrade your current membership to the $250 Contributing Level and receive Gary E. Moulton's Lewis and Clark on the Middle Missouri as our gift to you! Call 402-435-3535 or 888-515-3535 for details!

GIFT!  Members receive a special gift with the 2004 summer issue of Nebraska History. A wonderful full color reproduction of the first published map of Nebraska and Kansas territories produced in 1854 (map donated by Marilyn Forke, Foundation Trustee) and reproduced with grant assistance from the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation through an endowment established by the Woods Charitable Fund, Inc.

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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