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July/August 2000


Teddy Roosevelt (portrayed by John LeFeber, state director of social studies) and Secretary of State Scott Moore were among the dignitaries congratulating the winning state History Day students at the fourth annual History Day Celebration. The State History Day contest for sixth through twelfth graders was held in April at Nebraska Wesleyan University with the theme "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events." On Friday, May 12, one hundred students, parents, and teachers gathered at the State Capitol for workshops, professional critiques, and an awards ceremony.

At the special History Day Celebration awards ceremony, students received plaques from their state senators, and special award winners received certificates and monetary gifts from the Nebraska State Historical Society, the University of Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies, the Sentry Civil War Roundtable of Omaha, the World War II Foundation, and the New York Times.

A new feature of the pizza party this year was historical entertainment by Dan Holtz entitled "Nebraska through Song and Story." Professor Holtz's presentation was funded by the Nebraska Humanities Council. History Day Celebration is sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society and Nebraska Wesleyan University.

(image) John Schleicher, NSHS education and statewide services coordinator, presents a special NSHS award to Lincoln Science Focus Program students Pam Moeller (left), Michelle Guittar, Sara Guittar, and Sana Khan. Their outstanding Nebraska history documentary was entitled "Standing Bear."


The NSHS Foundation's annual meeting is scheduled for 10 A.M., Saturday, October 28, at the Nebraska Club in Lincoln. This will immediately precede the Historical Society's annual membership and awards luncheon scheduled for 11:30 A.M. We'll adjourn by 1 P.M. so you won't miss a minute of the NU-OU game!

At our business meeting we'll elect officers and approve the slate of nominees. We have had an exciting year with so many great things happening. We'll reflect on the Foundation's accomplishments during this past year and establish our plans for the next year.


The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation has selected four students to receive Pearl Harbor Remembrance Scholarships. The recipients of the $2,000, four-year scholarships are Amanda Jo Little, Kearney; Carla Jane O'Donnell, Omaha; Kirsten Jane Nelson, Minden; and Jane A. Hoops, Lincoln. This was the first year the scholarships have been awarded.

The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Scholarship fund was established to honor the Nebraskans killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Remembrance Fund was started by Col. Barney Oldfield, a former Nebraskan and World War II veteran.

Funding for three of this year's awards was given by Helen Clough in honor of her brother, Edward J. Clough, GM1c of Lincoln, one of the Nebraska sailors entombed upon the USS Arizona.

Seniors attending high schools in the hometowns of the honored sailors were qualified to apply for the scholarships. The Scholarship Committee, which received over 150 applications, included Steven Guenzel, Foundation trustee; Coleen Ogden, Lincoln East High School educator; Diane Oldfather, Foundation trustee; Rose Ann Rosenstock, VFW representative; and Dr. John Wunder, Foundation director.


At a recent Board of Trustees meeting, the board moved to revise Society membership categories and increase dues. The new categories and dues: Annual, $30 per year; Family, $45 per year (two adults and children under eighteen years); Supporting, $75 per year; Contributing, $100 per year; and Life, $1,000 (can be paid in two annual installments of $500). The changes are effective July 1, 2000.

The board appreciates the support of the membership and looks forward to your continued endorsement. Membership makes a great gift, and we encourage current members to give the gift of membership. Your gift assists the Society in its mission to "safeguard and interpret Nebraska's past."

For membership information and a gift application, call 1-800-833-6747.


Richard Hermanek of Running Water, South Dakota, recently donated a stereo card photograph of Troop A of the Ninth U.S. Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers). The photo was taken in 1898, shortly after the Ninth Cavalry left Fort Robinson for Spanish-American War duty. The setting appears to be a beach, possibly in Florida.



Superman is not the only one with X-ray vision. Kids can have it too. Find out what the Brownell Elementary fifth graders see in themselves and in Lincoln by visiting the new exhibit, Lincoln: A Kid's Eye View, open through August 31 at the Museum of Nebraska History. To learn about the personal stories of the capital city, the Brownell Elementary fifth graders visited five of Lincoln's community centers and met individuals from many cultures. With the help of NSHS staff and funding from the Lincoln Public Schools Foundation, the Brownell fifth graders created an exhibit to share what they learned.

The first component of the exhibit is a kiosk and interactive computer featuring student artwork, creative writing, photographs, interviews, and objects. These items express what the students learned about Lincoln's Native American, Asian, Hispanic, African American, and German Russian communities and about northeast Lincoln, home to Brownell Elementary. Through this exhibit, visitors can better appreciate the way in which our nation's cultural diversity lives and thrives in Nebraska's capital city. In the second component of Lincoln: A Kid's Eye View, students exhibit their personal objects coupled with heartfelt, serious, and amusing stories.

Don't miss this great opportunity to see Nebraska's diversity and youth with kid-ray vision. Plan a visit to the Museum of Nebraska History this summer for Lincoln: A Kid's Eye View. Please call Jessica Stoner, 1-800-833-6747 or 471-4757 in Lincoln for more information.

(image) A tornado of activity hit the Museum of Nebraska History on Friday, May 19, as the forty-three Brownell fifth graders assembled Lincoln: A Kid's Eye View. NSHS volunteer Annette Parde helps Tommy and Anna assemble the soul food refrigerator.


Old Mill Days 2000 will be celebrated at the Neligh Mill State Historic Site with a free performance by renowned folk musician Chris Sayre. He will perform on Monday, July 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 by the reconstructed flume and penstock on the grounds of the Neligh Mill. Chris plays a variety of traditional folk instruments ranging from an English concertina accordion, to a resophonic guitar and a musical saw. His entertaining style of playing, singing, and explaining his many unusual instruments is always a hit. The hill facing the flume and penstock creates a natural amphitheater; please bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this free performance sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society. For more information please contact the Neligh Mill State Historic Site at 402-887-4303.


A New Deal for Nebraska Artists, an exhibit of artwork produced during the Depression, will be on display on the third floor of the Museum of Nebraska History from June 11, 2000, to May 31, 2001. The works were created by artists employed by the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), the first federal art project of the Civil Works Administration (CWA).

In October 1933 the federal government created the CWA, an agency under Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal that funded temporary employment programs for the winter months of 1933-34.

The PWAP employed artists at minimum wages to create works of art for government buildings and other public facilities. Selected on the basis of artistic qualification and need for employment, twenty-eight artists worked on the PWAP in Nebraska.

The exhibit features thirteen works by both trained and amateur artists, including paintings by well-known Nebraska artists Augustus Dunbier and Gladys Marie Lux.


By Cindy Drake, Library Curator

New Acquisitions of Interest to Genealogists

Bryant-Fisher Family: Dozens of Cousins, 80th Reunion, August 8-10, 1997, [prepared by Arlett M. Brooks]. (Families in Douglas County.)

Ancestors and Descendants of the Edwards, Mathis, Delozier, and Related Families That Pioneered Through Virginia, Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, "descendants in thirty-seven states," authored, compiled, edited, and published by Richard L. Edwards. (Families in Clay, Nuckolls, and Richardson Counties.)

The 1995 Genealogy Annual: A Bibliography of Published Sources, by Thomas J. Kemp.

The Motherals of North America and Allied Families, compiled by Bruce & Jennie Motheral. (Family in Douglas County.)

We Woollen: Woollens, Woolling, Wooller, Woolen, Wollen, Wallen, [compiled by Keith C. Woollen]. (Family in Gage County.)

Falconer of Halkerton: A Genealogy of a Scottish Family and its Branches in England, the United States, and Jamaica, Including Those Spelled "Falconar" and "Faulkner," by Paul McKee Gifford et.al. (Scottish American Family in Douglas, Dodge, and Holt Counties.)

The Howe Family: 10 Generations from England to America, [compiled by Betty H. Kluttz]. (Families in Gage and Otoe Counties.)

Robert Hutchins of Colonial America: The Historical Hutchins Family Records, by Jack R. Hutchins. (Families throughout Nebraska.)

Our Remmers Family Ancestry, 1633-1995, [compiled by Hertha O. Remmers]. (Family in Nemaha and Gage Counties.)

The Changing Winds: One Family's Czech American Experience, Circa 1875-1955, by Hazel U. Devine. (Czech American Families of Uhlir, Donat, and Houzvicka in Knox County.)

The G. J. Helmink Family Tree, [compiled by G. J. Helmink]. (Family in Lancaster County.)

The Hulce/Hulse Families in America, researched by Lynn C. Harper; edited by Sylvia Hulce. (Hulce, Hulse, Chaffee, Hubbart, Piper, and Kowrack families in Lancaster, Chase, and Boone Counties.)

The History and Genealogy of the Ruhge/Ruhga Family, [compiled] by Justin M. Ruhge. (Family in Cass County.)

All These Kinfolk: Being the Ancestors, Descendants, and Distant Cousins of Beverly Rae Russell Brown and Norvil Leary Brown, compiled by Norvil L. Brown. (Brown, Van Patten, Sly, Price, Moore, and Russell families in Douglas, Hall, Harlan, Howard, Lancaster, Lincoln, Nemaha, Saunders, Scotts Bluff, Sherman, and Thayer Counties.)

A History of the Le Dioyt Family in America, [compiled] by G. John Le Dioyt. (Family in Hall, Keith, Adams, and Howard Counties.)


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.

Adams Fire Department, Adams, Nebraska, Constitution and By-Laws, approved by the mayor and city council, January 1, 1931, 12 pp.

An Apple A Day-Keeps the Doctor Away!, by the employees of the Dundy County Hospital, 1988, 156 pp.

Armour Oval, newspaper published by and for Armour Employees, Omaha, Nebraska. (Availability of an issue in 1928 was verified, exact publishing dates unknown, also published in South St. Paul, Minnesota, dates unknown. We are interested only in issues published in Nebraska.)

Aurora: Hamilton County, Nebraska, The Center of the Most Fertile Country in the Western States: A Beautiful Spot, As Exemplified by the Actual Camera Pictures Shown Herewith. (Chicago: Rogers & Co., no date [early 1900s?]), 25 pp.

Bent Family in America, by Allen H. Bent, (Boston: David Clapp & Son, 1900). (Reference to Judge George Bent of Nebraska.)

Bibby's Annual 1921. Magazine published in Liverpool, England, and edited by Joseph Bibby. (Includes an article about the new state capitol building for Nebraska.)

Boston Gear Complete Catalog 56, Power Transmission Products, T. S. McShane Company, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, 576 pp.

Capitol Supply Company, Lincoln, Nebraska, Plumbing & Heating Supplies, 1950, 268 pp.

Congregation Circle Cook Book (cover title); Home Tested Recipes (title page), compiled and edited by the Ladies of the Congregational Circle, Hartington, Nebraska, 2nd ed., Dec. 4, 1937, 78 pp. (We do not have the 1st, 2nd or any later editions.)

Country Cooking WIRE (Women in Rural Electrification) Nebraska, 1986, 108 pp.

Covenant Daughters Cook Book Including Swedish Favorites and Suggestions for Smorgasboard, compiled by The Covenant Daughters of The First Covenant Church of Omaha, Nebraska, 1938(?), 116 pp.

Cook Book, compiled by A.A.U.W. Grand Island, Nebraska, 1951, 116 pp.

Cooking With Class, by the Marian High School, Omaha, Nebraska, 1981.

Country Life - "Just Rememberin," by Lysle Stauss, 1980, artwork by Bill (Rusty) Rusterholtz, 186 pp. (Collection of columns written for the Erie Morning News about life around Gladstone, Nebraska, remembering the trials and tribulations of the Stauss family.)

Dainties Aid Society Methodist Church, McCook, Nebraska, 48 pp. (Cookbook from early 1900s?)

Dempster Mill Mfg. Co., Beatrice, Nebraska, Catalog No. 67, 1959, price list specifically for No. 12 and 12A Annu-Oiled Windmills and Towers.

Description of New Carnivores From the Miocene of Western Nebraska, by O. A. Peterson. (Extracted from the Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Vol. 4, No. 5, around 1909.)

Die Welt, Vol. 14, No. 1, January 1914. Almanac published in Lincoln, Nebraska, for German immigrants. (We have 1897, 1898, 1902, 1908, 1909 & 1919.)

Dorkas, (Swedish Book, Omaha, Nebraska, 1912, the rest of title illegible. It appears to have documented many events in the Omaha area with photos and text. Other titles located but also not in our collection include Dorkas: en halsning fran Diakonissanstalten I Omaha, 1914? 5th ed., and Dorkas en julhalsning fran Diakonissanstalten I Omaha, 1900, which states these titles are from the Immanuel Deaconess Institute in Omaha.)

Enterprise Electric Co. of Omaha & Lincoln, Nebraska, appliances catalog #50-A, 1950.

Family Collection of Favorite Recipes, 1986, 264 pp. (Recipes handed down from a Nebraska family.)

Farm Directory 1950, Harlan-Franklin Counties, Nebraska, 32 pp.

Farm Directory 1959, Keith County, Nebraska, 28 pp.

Farm Directory 1949, Lancaster County, Nebraska, Brehm Publishing Co., 88 pp.

Favorite Recipes From Our Best Cooks (cover title), A Book of Favorite Recipes (title page), compiled by Kowanda Woman's Society of Christian Service of Kowanda Methodist Church, Oshkosh, Nebraska, 1962, 88 pp.

Fiftieth Anniversary Cook Book, compiled and edited by the Women's Auxiliary of Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Nebraska, 3rd ed., no date. (We do not have any of their cookbooks.)

Franklin High School, Franklin, Nebraska, Alumnus, 1891-1941. (We have 1892-1951 and 1891-1956.)

4 L Cook Book, sponsored by 4-L Society, First German Congregational Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, (1950s-1960s?), 80 pp.

Franklin Academy Mirror. (School Newspaper for Franklin Academy in Franklin, Nebraska. We have some issues, but our reference was to the February 1890 issue that we are missing.)

Griswold Seed and Nursery Co., Lincoln, Nebraska, catalog for 1917. (We do not have any issues.)

History of the Catholic Hospital Association 1915-1965, by Robert J. Shanahan, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1965, published by The Catholic Hospital Association of the U.S. and Canada, 263 pp.

Home Town, by Sherwood Anderson, with photographs by the Farm Security Administration (New York: Alliance Book Corp., 1940), 145 pp. (FSA photographs from several states, including Nebraska.)

Information Within, If Taken Advantage of, Will Lead to Fortune: A Few Facts About Farms, Ranches and New Lands in Nebraska, Worth Your While to Investigate. Early 1900s? promotional booklet about benefits of homesteading in Holt County, Nebraska, pictures in and around Atkinson, 14 pp.

Key to the Kappa Kitchen, presented by Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association of Omaha, Nebraska, date unknown.

Lincoln Drug Company Wholesale Druggists, Lincoln, Nebraska (cover title), 1938 Bottles and Druggists' Supplies (title page), 1938.

Love Those Dumplings Czech Cookbook, by the Czech Craft Shop, date unknown, 130+ pp.



The paper lab at the Ford Center was the recent recipient of an old-style heated serving tray to aid in backing removals. The ones available at retail now have sides that prevent large objects from lying flat on the surface. Donor of the tray was Thomas H. Jeffery of Omaha.


The Council on America's Military Past (CAMP) will hold its thirty-fifth Annual Military History Conference May 9-13, 2001, at the Alex Johnson Hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota, with emphasis on the military activities on the American frontier from the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the Cold War and its missile defenses in the West. All American wars are included. Send topic for twenty-minute talk to CAMP, '01 Conference Papers, P.O. Box 1151, Fort Myer, VA 22211-1151 by December 15, 2000. For more information call 703-912-6124 or fax 703-912-5666.


Nell Irvin Painter, author of the acclaimed biography Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol, will deliver the Fifth Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities September 7 at Kimball Recital Hall in Lincoln. Painter will speak on "Historical Biography and the Privilege of Unknowing" at the 7:30 P.M. lecture, sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the University of Nebraska History Department. The free lecture will kick off the department's national conference on biography through September 9. For more information contact the Nebraska Humanities Council at 402-474-2131 or at nehumanities@juno.com. The council also has suggestions for English and social studies teachers who would like to include Sojourner Truth in the curriculum.


July 9-21: Nebraska Institute for K-12 Educators: Teaching Nebraska History and Culture Through Social Studies and the Humanities. Call 1-800-833-6747 for a brochure or visit the NSHS website at www.nebraskahistory.org

July 20: Brown Bag Lecture, "Murder in a Small Nebraska Town: Public Executions in Nebraska," by Steven J. Ramold, Ph.D, Library/Archives Division, NSHS. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

August: Summer Workshops for Kids. Call 1-800-833-6747 for a brochure or visit the NSHS website as above.

August 17: Brown Bag Lecture, "1750 Pawnee Village Archaeology," by Dan Watson, historical archaeologist, Nebraska Archaeological Survey, University of Nebraska State Museum. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

August 24-27: Order of the Indian Wars 22nd National Assembly, Fort Collins, CO, "Indians and Indian Fighters: Buffaloes and Buffalo Bill." For information, call 501-225-3996.

September 21-23: Fur Trade Symposium, Fort Union NHS, Williston, ND, "Indians and Traders: Entrepreneurs of the Upper Missouri." For information, call 1-800-434-0233.

In observance of Independence Day, Society headquarters and the Ford Conservation Center in Omaha will be closed Tuesday, July 4. The Museum of Nebraska History and all historic sites except Neihardt and Cather will be open regular hours. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388) and Cather Site (402-746-2653).

In observance of Labor Day the Ford Center will be closed Saturday, September 2, through Monday, September 4. Society headquarters will be closed September 4. The Museum of Nebraska History and all historic sites except Cather and Neihardt will be open regular hours on September 4. For holiday hours at Neihardt and Cather, call as above.

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