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January/February 2001


The Nebraska State Historical Society will award three $1,000 research grants in 2001 to qualified applicants wishing to research some aspect of Nebraska history or archeology. The grants are provided by the Gladys Marie Lux Nebraska History Education Endowment Fund and by the Tom and Marilyn Allan Fund, both administered by the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a manuscript based on their research for possible publication in Nebraska History or other venue. Projects must be completed within one year of the award. Application deadline is March 1, 2001. To request application guidelines, contact NSHS Research Grant Program, Nebraska State Historical Society, P.O. Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501-2554; call 402-471-4747; e-mail: publish@www.nebraskahistory.org

Civil War soldier James Hutton, Co.
E, First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry.


Beginning Sunday, January 21, films of the Civil War Cinema series, presented by the Nebraska State Historical Society, will be shown, free of charge, at the Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, at 2 P.M. Limited seating is available.

January 21: The Red Badge of Courage (1951). Stephen Crane's classic story of a soldier's fear under fire stars Audie Murphy.

January 28: Friendly Persuasion (1956). Quaker parents Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire grapple with their son's intentions to enlist in the Union Army.

February 4: Of Human Hearts (1938). James Stewart as an army physician receives an invitation to the White House after he has stopped writing to his mother.

February 11: Glory (1989). The heroics of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry highlight the efforts of black soldiers during the Civil War.

February 18: Gettysburg, Part 1 (1993). The armies collide at Gettysburg, where Jeff Daniels, as Col. Joshua Chamberlain, leads the defense of Little Round Top.

February 25: Gettysburg, Part 2 (1993). Pickett's Charge is the highlight of this segment.

March 4: The Beguiled (1971). Wounded Union soldier Clint Eastwood seeks refuge in a girls' school.

March 11: The General (1927). Buster Keaton infiltrates Union lines to retrieve his train, "The General."

Major underwriting for this series is provided by the Douglas Theatre Company, with additional support from the Civil War Round Table of Nebraska and Audio-Visual Video Center, Lincoln.


Nominations for the 2001 awards program of the American Association for State and Local History are due March 1, 2001. The awards recognize significant achievement by individuals and organizations in the field of state or local history. Nomination forms are available from the AASLH website: www.aaslh.org; by e-mail: history@aaslh.org; or by phone: 615-320-3203.

The Oregon-California Trails Association is accepting nominations until March 30, 2001, for its Outstanding Educator Award to recognize individuals or institutions for significant contributions to students' education about nineteenth-century westward migrations in the United States. For forms or information contact OCTA, P.O. Box 1019, Independence, MO 64051-0519, 816-252-2276; or William E. Hill, 91 Wood Road, Centereach, NY 11720-1619, 631-585-2592.



Did you know that if Nebraska's "Fighting Liberal," Senator George W. Norris, had had his way, the final outcome of the 2000 presidential election probably would have been known on Election Day. Norris accomplished most of the reforms he intended during his forty-year political career, but one eluded him: the abolition of the Electoral College and the direct popular election of the president and vice-president. As early as 1916 he introduced a joint resolution that proposed a constitutional amendment to accomplish these changes. He introduced it again in 1922.

Norris intended the abolition of the Electoral College to be a part of what became the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution, the "Lame Duck Amendment," but fellow Nebraskan William Jennings Bryan feared that including elimination of the Electoral College in the same resolution would bring about its defeat. Norris reluctantly withdrew the Electoral College provision from the resolution in 1923, but even then it was ten years before what Norris called "a simple, common-sense reform of the Constitution" (the Lame Duck Amendment) was finally ratified.

If you would like to learn more about George W. Norris and his influential career, visit the Senator George W. Norris State Historic Site in McCook, Nebraska. For more information call 308-345-8484.


Looking for something fun to do on a dreary winter day? Visit the new toy exhibit opening January 5, 2001, at the Museum of Nebraska History. Nebraska Toy Stories showcases a selection of toys grouped by theme dating from the 1860s through the 1960s. Cars, trucks, planes, and baseball equipment feature prominently in a display of boys' traditional toys, while girls' favorites include dolls, tea sets, toy stoves, and cookware. Seasonal items are on display, too, with sleds and ice skates for winter and sand and water toys for summer. A rocking horse, play desk, and stuffed toys recreate the feeling of a 1930s play room, while a slinky, skateboard, and Fort Apache stockade set recall the Atomic Age. Museum visitors can also try out Victorian toys and games in a hands-on area. Nebraska Toy Stories continues through December 28, 2001.



The Library/Archives is updating its list of contract researchers to provide to patrons when their requests for research services are greater than can be handled by staff. This list is for historical researchers only; genealogical research requests are referred to state and local genealogical organizations.

If you would like to be included in this list, send a statement of no more than fifty words describing your qualifications and areas of research, along with your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, to Researcher List, Library/Archives Division, Nebraska State Historical Society, P.O. Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501. Do not include information about your fees. Entries with statements of more than fifty words will not be included in the list. Contact Ann Billesbach, 402-471-4784 or aeb@www.nebraskahistory.org, if you have questions. The deadline for receipt of entries is February 5, 2001.

By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

E Pluribus Omaha: Immigrants All, by Harry B. Otis in collaboration with Donald H. Erickson and published by Lamplighter Press, 2000.

Falls City Centennial, 1857-1957.

The William T. Jacobsen Family of Portland, Oregon, by Mary P. Cole. (Danish American Family in Saunders County, Nebraska.)

Miller-Young and Allied Lines, [compiled] by Ann Clark Miller. (Miller, Hasty, Byth, Wiegand, Young, Barron, Varnum, and LaRue Families in Douglas County.)

Nebraska 1870 Census Index, A-Z, edited by Raeone C. Steuart and published by Heritage Quest, 2000.

The Adventure Called Life: An American Saga, by Evan and Maxine Pickrel. (Pickrel and Imig Families in York and Seward Counties.)

Warp Family Genealogy: With Interesting Pictures, compiled by Harold Warp. (Norwegian American Families of Warp, Johannesen, and Jensen in Kearney County.)

Crowels in Nebraska, [compiled] by Jean Harper. (Crowell and Gant Families in Webster County.)

Periodical Source Index, [computer file]: (Persi) 2000 published by Ancestry, Inc. and the Allen County Public Library. ("Indexes some 1.5 million articles from over 5,000 magazines, journals, local histories, and more spanning almost 300 years," including Nebraska genealogical quarterlies.)

A Century Under the Western Sky, by Hazel L. Kilgore. (Kilgore, Lucke, and Fuesz Families in Keith County.)

The Koryta-Hampl Family Lineage, 1717-1928, [compiled by William F. Urbanek]. Czech American Families in Cuming, Saline, and Colfax Counties.)

Lee Family History, [compiled by Robert Lee]. (Irish American family in Dodge, Saunders, and Cherry Counties.)

Index to Selected Information from 1905 Lincoln Evening News, compiled by Teresa Sullivan, et. al. and published by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society, 2000.

McLean, Nebraska, 1900-2000: Memories . . . Along the Rails into a New Millennium, [compiled by the McLean History Book Committee, Elaine Bloomquist, Chairman . . . et. al.]

Images of Saunders County: A Pictorial History, by Lisa Brichacek and published by the Saunders County Historical Society, 2000.

Sunrise Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, [compiled by Robert D. Bee.]

By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

The following list consists of interesting titles from or about Nebraska we were unable to acquire for our library collection. If you are aware of the availability of copies of these titles please contact Library Curator Cindy S. Drake at 402-471-4786 or e-mail to: nshs05@www.nebraskahistory.org. Besides books, booklets, pamphlets, and maps pertaining to Nebraska, we also look for photographs, postcards, manuscripts, public records, and audio-visual material. If you have such material relating to Nebraska that you would like to donate, please contact us.

The Baptist Kitchen, First Baptist Church, Tekamah, Nebraska, 1986.

The Beatrice National Bank, Beatrice, Nebraska, 1909. (Pictorial brochure with historical photographs.)

A Book of Favorite Recipes, The Friendship Cook Book, by Cooks of the Nebraska Plains, 1968.

By the Name of Kinnie, Ancestors and Descendants of Nathan Kinnie of Preston, Connecticut, and Horton, Nova Scotia, by Basil E. Kinney & Dawn L. Kinnie, 1992. (Includes Nebraska families.)

Calvary Lutheran Church Women Recipes, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 1978.

Capitol Plumbing Supply Catalogue, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1922. (We do not have any catalogs from this company in our collection.)

Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Nebraska. Abram Poole & James Sherman versus The West Point Butter & Cheese Association, et al. Published abstract of testimony, 1886. (Clinton N. Powell was the Solicitor for Complaints, Omaha, Nebraska, and L. A. Gould, Esq., Counsel, New York City.)

C. W. Anderson's Favorite Horse Stories, by C. W. Anderson, 1967 (1st ed.) (Later editions acceptable, artist from Wahoo.)

Dessert Recipes, Home Extension Club of Douglas County, Nebraska, 1963.

Dundee Cook Book, by the Women's Association of the Dundee Presbyterian Church of Omaha, Nebraska, 1981.

Educational Directory, Dawes County, Nebraska, 1931-1932. (We do not have any educational directories from Dawes County in our collection.)

Family History of John Bishop of Whitburn, Scotland, & Robert Hamilton Bishop of Oxford, Ohio, & Ebenezer Bishop of McDonough County, Illinois, & John Scott of Ireland, compiled by Stanley R. Scott and Robert H. Montgomery, 1951. (Includes Nebraska families.)

Favorite Recipes, by Members and Friends of Saint Joseph's Altar Society (Paul), Nebraska City, Nebraska.

Feast of Goodness, Bethany Baptist Church, Omaha, Nebraska, 1991.

General's Row Cookbook, Offutt Air Force Base, 1979.

Ghosts, Hauntings & Possessions, by Dr. Hans Holzer, 1990. (Includes a story from Nebraska.)

Gooch's Best Flour [Advertising Recipe Booklet], no date given. Gooch Milling & Elevator Co., Lincoln, Nebraska.

Hastings, the City of Liquid Gold, by the Hastings Chamber of Commerce. (Promotional map and guide to Hastings, published in the 1950s.)

Heads Up-Heels Down: A Handbook of Horsemanship and Riding, by C. W. Anderson, 1944 (Artist from Wahoo.)

The Heartland, by National Geographic, 1983. (16mm film, 26 minutes, includes Nebraska.)
Lincoln Stove Repair Co., Lincoln, Nebraska. Furnace Repair Parts Catalogue No. 3, February 1936. (We have a 1912 catalog from this company.)

Logan Center Cook Book & Birthday Calendar, by the Women's Society of the Logan Center Church, Laurel, Nebraska.

Mina Pojkar Av Gustav Av Geijerstam, with Introduction, Notes, and Vocabulary, by Joseph Alexis, 1911. (Author from Nebraska, published as part of the College and High School Series of Swedish Authors, Augustana Book Concern, later editions acceptable.)

Moses Hill Covenant Church, Loomis, Nebraska, 100th Anniversary Cookbook 1877-1977, 1976.

Nebraska. Road map printed by Mid-West Map Company, 1928.

The Northern Lights, Sunday School Class of The First Presbyterian Church, North Platte, Nebraska, Cookbook, 1950.

Occasional Addresses, by Henry W. Wilson, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1929.

Omaha, Nebraska, Convention View Book, 1892 by Tangier. (Includes photographs of downtown Omaha, officers of the Tangier, plus a program for the 1892 August convention in Omaha.)

In Omaha This Week, Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, 1926. (Magazine, we are missing this issue from the series in our collection.)

Our Favorite Recipes, compiled for Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Nebraska, 1960.

Out of the Blue [cookbook], from the Navy Wives Club, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1955.

Plat Book of Adams County, Nebraska, 1906. Published by NorthWest Publishing Co., Des Moines, Iowa.

Recipes From Family and Friends of the Pack 20 Scouts in Grand Island Nebraska, 2000?

Recipes You Always Wanted From Frieda's Tearoom, 1985. (Frieda's Tearoom was located in Seward, Nebraska, for fifty-five years, starting in 1929.)

Sacro-Occipital Technique of Spinal Therapy, by Major Bertrand DeJarnette, Nebraska City, 1940.

Saga of the Hills, by S. Goodale Price, 1940. (Illustrations From a Rare Collection of Historical Photographs Portraying Frontier Life and Events. Some chapter headings include The Sioux Indian Wars and The Battle of Wounded Knee.)

St. John's Lutheran Church Ash Creek, McCook, Nebraska, 100th Anniversary [cookbook], 1884-1984.

St. Mary's Seminary, Omaha, Nebraska, 1911 Yearbook. (We do not have any of their yearbooks in our collection.)

St. Stanislaus Church, Duncan, Nebraska, 1882-1982, 100 Years of Faith. (Centennial History.)

Seasoned With Love, by the First Baptist Church, Holdrege, 1993.

South Central Nebraska Quarter Horse Association. Seventh Annual Production Sale, Thursday, June 4, 1970, Grand Island, Nebraska. (We do not have any of their publications in our collection.)

Special Creations [cookbook], by the staff of the Memorial Hospital of Aurora, Nebraska, 1991.

Sunshine Comes to Omaha, A Discussion and a Discourse, by Laurie J. Quinby, Omaha, Nebraska, 1906.

Tasty Recipes, by Alpha Delta Sorority, Chadron, Nebraska, 1989.

Telephone Directory, Dubois, Nebraska, 1951 & 1954. (We do not have any early telephone books that were published only for Dubois.)

Use No Wheat Until Next Harvest, by Gurdon W. Wattles, Federal Food Administration for Nebraska, 1918. (Brochure.)


Papers and session topics are invited on the theme of "Politics and Values on the Plains" for the Annual Dakota Conference on History, Literature, Art, and Archaeology, sponsored by the Center for Western Studies of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, May 24-25, 2001. Send presenter name, address, paper title, a one-paragraph summary, and a one-paragraph biography on a single page by January 31, 2001, to Dr. Harry F. Thompson, Box 727, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 or e-mail: hthomps@inst.augie.edu.

Proposals for papers in all fields of history are invited for the Twenty-third Annual Mid-America Conference on History at Stillwater, OK, September 20-22, 2001. Send one-page abstract and two-page vitae to Jim Huston, Dept. of History, LSW 501, Stillwater, OK 74078-3054 or e-mail: hus0645@okstate.edu. by April 1.


January 6: Nebraska Quilts: A Patchwork History, NSHS exhibit through February 15, John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. For information contact the Neihardt Site at 402-648-3388, or 1-888-777-4667.

January 11: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "History and Record-keeping of Brands," by Cynthia Monroe. Meet at Holiday Inn, Ninth and P Sts., Lincoln, at 6:30 P.M. Call Margaret Allington, 488-5698 for reservations (required).

January 14: Sunday at the Museum Series, presentation on quilts by Pat Cole and reception, 2 P.M., John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. For information contact the Neihardt Site as above.

January 18: Brown Bag Lecture, "Turn-of-the-Century (19th) Photographer on the Rosebud: John L. Anderson," by Don Hogg, NSHS volunteer. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

January 18: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "Editing the Journals of Lewis and Clark," by Dr. Gary Moulton, professor of history, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Meet at Caniglia's Original Restaurant, 1114 South Seventh St., Omaha, at 6 P.M. Call Bob Savage, 391-3252 for reservations (required).

February 8: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "Germans from Russia in Nebraska," by John Schleicher, Nebraska State Historical Society. Meet as above.

February 11: Sunday at the Museum Series, "Revealing History: Digital Imaging in Historical Collections," by Jill Koelling, NSHS, and reception, 2 P.M., John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. For information contact the Neihardt Site as above.

February 15: Brown Bag Lecture, "Sharpie, Nebraska's Queen of the Air," by Diane R. Bartels, retired teacher, Lincoln Public Schools. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

February 15: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "Buffalo Bill and Grand Duke Alexis," by Chuck Trimble and Dr. James Wengert, past sheriffs. Meet as above.

In observance of Martin Luther King Day, Society Headquarters offices and the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha will be closed Saturday, January 13, through Monday, January 15. The Library/Archives reference room in the Society Headquarters building will be closed January 14 and 15. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be closed January 15. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388) and Cather Site (402-746-2653).

In observance of Presidents' Day, Society Headquarters offices and the Ford Center will be closed Saturday, February 17, through Monday, February 19. The Library/Archives reference room will be closed February 18 and 19. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be closed February 19. For holiday hours at Neihardt and Cather, call as above.


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