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December 1999


(image) Ninth U.S. Cavalry Regiment at Camp Crook, 1889.

The Nebraska State Historical Society recently purchased an important collection of five Fort Robinson-related Ninth U.S. Cavalry documents. These rare documents date from 1888 to 1893. The collection consists of the following items:

(1) A handbill prepared by soldiers of the Ninth Cavalry at Fort Robinson in response to escalating racial tensions between members of the regiment and some of the local citizens of Crawford. The handbill was to serve as a warning to the local population that violent acts upon African Americans would not be tolerated and is signed by "500 Men With The Bullet or The Torch." The document is dated April 28, 1893. Only two original copies of this circular are known to exist, the one purchased by the Society and one held at the National Archives.

(2) Orders No. 33 dated April 29, 1893, and signed by Lt. Grote Hutcheson, adjutant, Ninth Cavalry. This order was issued in response to the above-mentioned handbill, forbidding soldiers from going to the town of Crawford and also placing restrictions on townspeople entering the military reservation.

(3) An 1889 albumen photograph (above) of the Ninth Cavalry Regiment taken during maneuvers at Camp Crook, a camp of instruction, on the outskirts of Fort Robinson. This is an impressive image showing the companies of the regiment grouped together.

(4) A rare handwritten order for the sign and countersign (used by the guard detail) at Camp Brooke on the night of September 6, 1888. Camp Brooke, also a camp of instruction, was located six miles east of Chadron.

(5) A concert program for the Ninth Cavalry band at Fort Robinson, dated July 15, 1893. The program lists six musical selections.

Most of the items in the collection were gathered by Capt. Augustus Corliss, Eighth Infantry, who was stationed at Fort Robinson in the early 1890s. Other material was originally collected by Capt. Clarence E. Bennett, Seventeenth Infantry, who participated in the 1889 camp of instruction at Camp Crook. The purchase of this important collection was made possible through the Gladys Marie Lux Museum Acquisition Endowment at the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation. The Society also owes a debt of gratitude to those individuals who drew our attention to the collection's existence.

To read more about this period of Fort Robinson's history, including the role of the Ninth Cavalry, don't forget the Society's recent book, Fort Robinson and the American West, 1874-1899, by Thomas R. Buecker. The well-illustrated volume, in hardcover only, sells for $40 ($36 for NSHS members) and can be ordered from the Museum Store by calling 1-800-833-6747.


The Nebraska State Historical Society will award three (3) $1,000 research grants in 2000 for qualified applicants wishing to pursue research on some aspect of Nebraska history or archeology. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a manuscript based on their research for possible publication in Nebraska History or other appropriate venue. Projects must be completed within one year of the award of grants. Application deadline is March 1, 2000. To request application guidelines, contact NSHS Research Grant Program, Nebraska State Historical Society, P.O. Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501-2554 or call 402-471-4747 (E-Mail: publish@www.nebraskahistory.org).


The Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Mexican American Commission received a 1999 American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) award. The Society and Commission were presented a Certificate of Commendation for the project Nuestros Tesoros (Our Treasures): Mexican American Traditions in Nebraska, a joint project of the two state agencies.

The AASLH awards program is the nation's most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in local, state, and regional history. Awards for 1999 represent eighty-seven organizations and individuals from across the United States. This year's awards were presented at a banquet during the 1999 AASLH annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 1.

Funded by a major grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund for Folk Culture, and with further financial support from the Nebraska Humanities Council, this oral history and folklife project documented the cultural traditions of four Nebraska Mexican American communities. The project resulted in a bilingual publication, an exhibit that traveled to several locations across the state, and a series of public radio programs.

(image) Left to right: Terry Davis, executive director, American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), John Schleicher, NSHS, Sandra Clark, AASLH president.


The Institute for Regional Studies at North Dakota State University announces a summer 2000 seminar for K-12 teachers entitled, "The Great Plains from Texas to Saskatchewan: Questions of Place and Identity." Participants in the five-week seminar will be selected in a nationwide competition, and will receive an NEH-funded stipend of $3,270. For information and applications contact Tom Isern, professor of history, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105-5075 (E-Mail: isern@plains.nodak.edu).


Looking for that special holiday gift that keeps on giving all year long? How about a membership in the Nebraska State Historical Society? Recipients of this gift will receive Nebraska History, a quarterly magazine devoted to the story of Nebraska's past; bimonthly newsletters; information about upcoming events; and discounts on publications and items purchased at Society museum stores.

The cost of an annual membership is only $25. Other membership categories are also available. Membership makes a wonderful gift, and helps the Society fulfill its mission of safeguarding and interpreting the past.

For further information about giving a gift of history, contact the Society at 1-800-833-6747 or 471-6548 and ask for Jennifer Little.


Beginning with the January/February 2000 issue, the Society's Historical Newsletter will be published bimonthly. The news deadlines are as follows: January 28 (March/April); March 29 (May/June); May 31 (July/August); July 31 (September/October); September 29 (November/December); and November 29 (January/February, 2001).



Drawing on the Beat: John Falter's Jazz Portraits, a temporary exhibit at the Museum of Nebraska History, will be extended through April 30, 2000. Originally scheduled to end December 31, 1999, the exhibit has proved so popular that it will be held over for additional viewing.

A new personal audio tour has been added to the exhibit. A portable audio player may be checked out at the security desk on the first floor of the Museum of Nebraska History by leaving a driver's license or ID. The audio tour includes six tracks from the Colorado Jazz Party album on display, recently loaned for exhibit by NSHS volunteer Dan Demuth. Recorded September 5-6, 1971, the album captured some of the live performances at the Broadmoor Hotel. The selections reflect the diverse talent represented at the party and Dick Gibson's unique teaming of jazz artists. John Falter's portraits of seven performers featured on the tracks, done at the same time the recording was made, are identified in the exhibit by a headphone symbol.


Stop by the Society's museum stores to do your holiday shopping while looking for that unique and educational gift. Museum stores are located at the Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln; the Ethel and Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center at Chimney Rock National Historic Site, near Bayard; and the Fort Robinson Museum, near Crawford. All Society members will receive 20 percent off December 6-10. Gift certificates are also available. Visit our website for a few ideas: www.nebraskahistory.org/oversite/store.


The Thomas P. Kennard House, a Society historic site at 1627 H Street in Lincoln, will celebrate "Victorian Holidays Past," featuring Victorian toys, decorations, and historic photographs through Thursday, December 30. The house will be open Tuesday-Saturday, 9-12 and 1-4:30. There will be an open house Sunday, December 12, 1-5, with free admission. Houses in the neighborhood decorated for Christmas that are also open to visitors with no admission charge on December 12, 1-5, are: the Ferguson House, 700 South Sixteenth Street; Eastlake Manor, 720 South Sixteenth; and the Atwood House, 740 South Seventeenth. For additional information on the holiday event and tours at the Kennard House, call 402-471-4764; Eastlake Manor, 402-477-3610; Atwood House, 402-438-4567; Ferguson House, 402-471-3796.



The following list consists of interesting titles from or about Nebraska we were pursuing through online auction houses, rare book dealers, and donation requests. For various reasons we were unable to acquire them for our library collection. If you are aware of the availability of other copies of these titles please contact Library Curator Cindy S. Drake at 402-471-4786 or E-mail nshs05@www.nebraskahistory.org.

An Awful Name to Live Up To, by Jessie Hosford, 1969. (Juvenile fiction by a Nebraska author).

Belle, A Scottish Lass, A Colorado Pioneer, by Alice Taylor Bamford, 1988. (A nonfiction account of the life of Isabelle Hamilton Taylor, who grew up in Nebraska and Colorado in a sod house with eight siblings).

Dandelions, by Eve Bunting, 1995.

Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company, Beatrice, Nebraska, Publications: General Catalogue No. 12, 1928, Dempster Mill Mfg. Co.; Running Water for Better Farming Better Living (no date given).

Dundee Presbyterian Church, Fiftieth Anniversary Cookbook, 3rd ed., compiled and edited by the Women's Auxiliary 1951. (We have the 1930 ed.)

Eaton's True Blue Contest Speller, by the Omaha School Supply Company, 1934. (We have the 1948 ed.).

Industrial Drawing Handbook for Teachers in Common Schools, 2nd ed., by Ida A. Tew, supervisor of drawings in public schools, Beatrice, Nebraska, 1897.

Ladies Aid of M.E. Church Cook Book, 1908, copyright by Mrs. W. R. Sanner, printed by the Lorain Banking Company-Lorain Printing Company W. R. C. of Lorain.

Northwestern School of Taxidermy and J. W. Elwood Supply Company Publications: Chieftan Brand Taxidermists' Supplies Catalog #123, 1953; Lessons on Taxidermy. A Comprehensive Treatise on Collection and Preserving all Subjects of Natural History, by Prof. J. W. Elwood, 1905; Northwestern School of Taxidermy, Omaha, Nebraska, Catalog No. 96, Taxidermists' Supplies, 1940; Northwestern School of Taxidermy, Omaha, Nebraska, Nebraska Taxidermy Taught by Mail, 1930 brochure.

Map and Street Directory of Omaha, 1950.

Official Course of Study for the Elementary Schools of Nebraska, Grades I-VIII, 2nd Printing, November 1941, by Charles W. Taylor, state superintendent of public instruction. (We have the 1895, 1899, 1902, and 1903 editions).

Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends, held at Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, in 1874. (Reports and finances from district meetings, which include a section on Indian affairs dealing with Sioux Indians in Nebraska).

Omaha's Bell, by Penny Hayes, 1999. (Fictional book about frontier days in Omaha).

Our Favorite Recipes Old and New, 1931-1933-1971, by the Lexington Mrs. Jaycees, Lexington, Nebraska.

Phantom of Organic Evolution, by George McCready Price, professor of geology, Union College, Nebraska, 1924.

Recipes From the Martha Gooch Kitchens, by Gooch Food Products Co., Lincoln, Nebraska, l960.

Tasty Tips, compiled by The Papio Prancers Square Dance Club, Papillion, Nebraska, 1996.

Wimmer's 50th Anniversary Cookbook: Exciting, Easy, Economical Recipes Using Wimmer's Fine Sausage Products, 198-.

Donations are still being accepted for an additional $235 to purchase the 1999 Supplement to the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, Part II. I have also received the advertisement for the 2000 Supplement that will also have Part 1 and Part 2. If purchased before December 31, 1999, each volume would be $228 plus shipping. Please indicate this title with your monetary donation. Thank you.


December 9: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "Cartoons of the Old West," featuring Gary Larson. By Dr. James Wengert and James Denney of Omaha. Meet at Holiday Inn, Ninth and P Streets, Lincoln, 6:30 P.M. Call Margaret Allington, 488-5698, for reservations (required).

December 16: Brown Bag Lecture, holiday readings from Nebraska authors, by Lora Black, Nebraska Public Radio. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

January 19: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "The Dull Knifes Family of Pine Ridge," by Joe Starita. Meet as above.

January 20: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "The Fontenelle and Cabanné Trading Posts," by Richard Jensen, NSHS senior research anthropologist. Meet at DC Centre, 7117 Jones Circle, 6 P.M. Call Bob Savage, 391-3252, for information and reservations (required).

In observance of the holidays, the Society administrative and museum offices, the Library/Archives reference room, the Museum of Nebraska History, the Ford Conservation Center in Omaha, and all historic sites except Cather and Neihardt will be closed Friday, December 24, through Sunday, December 26, and Friday, December 31, through Sunday, January 2. The Library/Archives reference room will also be closed Monday, December 27, and Monday, January 3. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388) and Cather Site (402-746-2653).

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