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September / October 2005

The Nebraska Colonial Dames Present Martin Sirot-Smith as Lawrence Washington, George Washington's Grandfather

By George! No, George Washington did not sleep there. But his grandfather, Lawrence, seven generations removed, did. Ancestors of America's first president lived for more than one hundred years at Sulgrave Manor, a collection of buildings located near Banbury, England, about seventy miles northwest of London.

The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Nebraska is bringing the director emeritus of Sulgrave Manor to Omaha and Lincoln October 11 and 12 to make his entertaining presentation about George Washington's ancestors and about Sulgrave Manor, a superb example of a manor house and garden of Shakespeare's time. In full costume of the sixteenth century, Martin Sirot-Smith portrays Lawrence Washington and regales his audiences with stories of the times and lives of Washington's ancestors and how part of his family happened to migrate to America. 

 October 11, 12 noon, Happy Hollow Country Club, Omaha, cost: $35. Questions? Call Mrs. William Ginn, 393-2365. To make a reservation, write your check: Benefit of Sulgrave Manor, c/o Mrs. William Ginn, 8459 Woolworth Ave., Omaha, NE 68124, by October 3.

October 12, 12 noon, Lincoln Country Club, Lincoln, cost: $35. Questions? Call Mrs. David Myers, 402-423-1655. To make a reservation, write your check: Benefit of Sulgrave Manor, c/o Mrs. David Myers, 3211 Joy Court, Lincoln, NE 68502, by October 4.

Space is limited. Your check is your reservation.


Foundation Provided over $210,000 in Grants to Historical Society in 2004-05

The 2004-05 Foundation Grant committee announced distribution of over $210,000 in grants to support Nebraska State Historical Society projects.

The grants supported internships throughout the agency, travel stipends to the Nebraska students participating in National History Day, exhibit materials at Fort Robinson's Cheyenne Barracks, printing and postage costs for the Nebraska Trailblazer school newspaper, library acquisitions, the 2005 film series, archeology projects, artifact acquisitions, and more.

Gifts received in 2004-05 and endowments established over the years make it possible to provide this support. Thanks to our donors for supporting special projects and for establishing endowments through outright gifts and bequests. Our donors help protect and interpret our state's history and make it achievable to share it with the widest audiences possible.

Please consider joining us and make it possible to do even more.


Foundation Welcomes Lee Nespor

Lee Nespor joins the staff as the new administrative assistant for the NSHS Foundation. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Lee obtained a degree in art history in 1994 from Mills College in Oakland, California. Returning to Austin, she worked for the University of Texas McDonald Observatory as public information specialist and circulation manager for StarDate magazine. In 1997 she moved to Washington D.C. to attend graduate school at George Washington University in museum/American studies. In 1999 she joined the American Association of Museums as international programs associate, serving as staff liaison to the International Council of Museums and administering IPAM, a federally funded grant program partnering museums in the U.S. with museums around the world on projects ranging from archeological digs in the Mongolian desert to arts education programming in Macedonia. In 2003 Lee returned to Austin, where she became office manager/volunteer coordinator for Women & Their Work, a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to promoting contemporary art created by Texas women.

Lee's true passion is photography. Throughout her career she has worked freelance in live music and event and documentary photography. Following her marriage to a native Nebraskan in April of this year, Lee moved to Lincoln along with her two dogs and her ridiculously large music collection.


Your Gifts - Your Goals

Whether you want to eliminate taxes or benefit from an increased income stream, there is a gift to fit every objective. And no matter how or what you give, rest assured that you will help the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation do even more to search for and share the story of Nebraska.

The following chart details a gift vehicle for every goal. After determining the gift that is right for you, meet with your financial advisor or the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation to begin implementing your wishes.

Please call Jackie Spahn, 888-515-3535, or e-mail for more information.

Your Goal

Your Gift

How to Make the Gift

Your Benefits
Make a quick and easy gift Outright gift Donate cash, securities, or personal property Income tax deduction; avoidance of any capital gains tax
Make a revocable gift during your lifetime  Living trust  Name us beneficiary of assets in a living trust Control of trust for lifetime; possible estate tax savings 
Defer a gift until after your lifetime Bequest in will Name us in your will  A donation exempt from federal estate taxes 
Make a large gift with little cost to yourself  Life insurance gift  Give a policy with us as owner and beneficiary  Current income tax deduction; possible future deductions 
Avoid the twofold taxation on retirement plan assets  Retirement plan gift  Name us as beneficiary of the remainder of the assets after your lifetime  Avoidance of heavily taxed gift to heirs, allowing less costly gifts 
Avoid capital gains tax on the sale of a home or other real estate  Real estate gift  Donate the property to us, or sell it to us at a bargain price  Immediate income tax deduction and avoidance of capital gains tax 
Give your personal residence or farm, but continue to live there  Retained life estate  Designate the ownership of your home to us, but retain occupancy  Charitable income tax deduction and lifetime use of home 
Secure a fixed and often increased income  Charitable remainder annuity trust  Create a charitable trust that pays you a set income annually  Immediate income tax deduction and fixed income for life 
Create a hedge against inflation over the long term  Charitable remainder unitrust  Create a trust that pays a percentage of the trust's assets, valued annually  Immediate income tax deduction, annual income for life that has potential to increase 
Supplement income with fixed annual payments  Charitable gift annuity  Enter a contract with us, in which we'll pay you fixed payments annually  Current and future savings on income taxes; fixed payments for life  
Reduce gift and estate taxes on assets passing to heirs  Charitable lead trust  Create a trust that pays a fixed or variable income to us for a set term, and then passes to heirs  Reduced size of taxable estate; keeps property in family, often with reduced gift taxes 

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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


2005-06 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
Dr. James W. Hewitt, Lincoln
Dr. F. William Karrer, Omaha
JoAnne D. Kissel, Lincoln
Carol F. Maddux, Wauneta
Dr. Martin A. Massengale, Lincoln
John D. Massey, Scottsbluff
George H. Moyer, Jr., Madison
James F. Nissen, Lincoln
David H. Oldfather, Kearney
Julie M. Schroeder, Waterloo
Andrew D. Strotman, Lincoln
John W. Webster, Omaha
Dr. John R. Wunder, Lincoln

Patrick Kennedy, Omaha, NSHS President, Ex-officio
Margaret Allington, Lincoln, NSHS Treasurer, Ex-officio

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