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July/August 2001


What do the communities of Burwell, Columbus, Aurora, Beatrice, Valley, Johnson, Omaha, and Lincoln have in common? They are the hometowns of outstanding young history tellers! On Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at the Nebraska Capitol, these youth, their teachers, and families celebrated their history achievements at the fifth annual History Day Celebration. The students were among the fifty-one state History Day winners who created original papers, exhibits, documentaries, and performances to tell stories of state, national, and world history relating to this year's theme of "Frontiers in History."

Winners of the Nebraska State Historical Society's special award for Nebraska history topics: Junior Division, Quinn Johnson, Glen School (rural Sioux County), teacher Moni Hourt, for the project Solomon Butcher: Photographing a Heartbeat in Time; Senior Division, Sahara Cathcart, Colin Cathcart, Danielle Broady, Johnson-Brock High School, teacher Lori Broady, for the project Evelyn Sharp: Flying into History. Nebraska's state winners will travel to College Park, Maryland, in June for National History Day competition. The History Day Celebration included professional critiques, an awards ceremony at the capitol, and a pizza party at the Museum of Nebraska History. For more information about creating or sponsoring a History Day entry, please contact Ron Naugle at Nebraska Wesleyan University, 402-465-2441.


The Board of Trustees for the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation welcomed eight new trustees at its 2001 annual meeting. The trustees were selected from communities across the state to represent the Foundation. The newly elected trustees include: Dr. Loren Faaborg, Scottsbluff; Dr. Richard W. Hammer, Lincoln; Jacci Irwin, Alliance; William P. Norris, Lincoln; Gerald L. Schleich, Lincoln; Tijiuana (TJ) Smith-Secret, Omaha; Dr. Michael L. Tate, Omaha; and Dr. James E. Weesner, Lincoln.

Foundation trustees help to build the private-public partnership that is vital to the Nebraska State Historical Society accomplishing its mission. The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation is dedicated to securing private funding necessary to make it possible for the Historical Society to have the tools and resources it needs to protect our state's heritage well into the future.


Eleven teachers and two Nebraska Wesleyan University student assistants have signed on for the Nebraska Institute 2001. The teachers include Marilyn Hodge of Holdrege, Steve and Deb Gulzow of North Platte, Kane Hookstra of Blue Springs, Shari Frost of Oconto, Jerene Kruse of Albion, Sister Jania Keogh of Norfolk, Judy Vincent of Maxwell, Gene Fischer of York, Dr. Jan Rogers of Lincoln, and Jodi Borosko of Omaha. The Wesleyan student assistants, Dan Koenig, from Fremont, and Justin Moore, from Tryon, are both studying social studies education at Wesleyan. The Nebraska Institute will take place July 15-27 and features learning from primary sources, critical thinking, and new research in cultural history.



Progress continues on the new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Nebraska History. Replacing the old Pioneer Gallery, the new exhibit focuses on the development of Nebraska from statehood in 1867 to the eve of World War I. A wealth of artifacts and photographs from the Museum and Library/Archives collections will offer visitors insight into the amazing transformation of Nebraska during this time.

The fourth phase of the permanent exhibits will begin at World War I; work on this exhibit will begin after Building the State officially opens in March 2002. Staff have put the finishing touches on the new walk-through 1880s sod house featuring two-foot-thick walls and a real sod roof. The sod house is roughly plastered on the interior and has a special concrete floor that resembles packed soil.

While most of the interior furnishings will be museum artifacts, we need a few props for the exterior. We are looking for a birdcage, an enameled washbasin, and a few crocks or stoneware jugs. If you can donate any of these items to the education and use collection, please contact Paula Doe at 402-471-4761.


By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

"Dere Mabel": or, "The Life and Works of Mabel Randel Vernon," [by Mabel Randel Vernon]. (Vernon and Randel families in Red Willow County.)

Fuxa Ancestral Lines, by James R. Fuxa. (Czech-American families of Fuxa, Dvorak, Soukup, Bernecki, Olender, and Rech in Butler and Nance Counties.)

A History of Thomas Barnes, by Lily M. Barnes Scarberry. (Family in Platte County.)

Joseph I. Schutz (Scheetz) and Karl A. Uhlig Families of Ozaukee and Manitowoc Counties, Wisconsin; Nemaha, Jefferson, and Thayer Counties, Nebraska; and Lawrence County, South Dakota. Includes European origins and settlement in the United States from 1847, [compiled] by Ralph D. Harrity.

Olcott Chapel and Cemetery: A Country Church & Church Yard, researched and written by Roger A. Sorensen. (Knox County, Nebraska.)

The Stohlmann Family History, 2000: The History and Genealogy of the Family of Frederick Philip and Kunigunde Stohlmann, [compiled by] Elinor J. Box, John Stohlmann. (Family in Cass County.)

You Must Give Something Back: Some Descendants of John Garnett, Gloucester County, Virginia, researched, compiled, & edited by Allyne J. Garnett Pearce. (Family in Dawes County.)


The following list consists of interesting titles from or about Nebraska we were unable to acquire for our library collection. We are still looking for items on ebay and other online services, but our budget prevents us from purchasing many of the titles that should be in our collection. Therefore, donations would be extremely helpful. If you are aware of the availability 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, the Library/Archives also seeks photographs, postcards, manuscripts, public records, and audio-visual material relating to the history of Nebraska. If you have such material in these formats that you would like to donate, please contact us.

Advo Jell Recipes, McCord-Brady Company, Omaha, Nebraska.

After Forty Years: A History of Our Assembly Sv. Ev. Luth Bethania-Assembly, Kearney Co. Nebraska, Jubilee-1876-1916, by C. A. Onnquist, (in Swedish, Swedish title on cover is Efter Fyrtio Ar), published in Rock Island, Illinois, by Augusta Book Congress, 1916.

Alumni Directory, Callaway High School, 1893-1998, Callaway, Nebraska.

Ambassador From the Prairie or Allison Wonderland, by John M. Allison, published by Houghton Mifflin, 1973, 400 pages. (Nebraska native.)

Andrew's Angel's Food, St. Cecilia's Elementary School, 1977, 277 pages. (Cookbook.)

Atlas of Kearney County, Nebraska, 1937, 48 pages.

Bellevue, Nebraska, Band Boosters Cookbook, 1982-1983.

The Best in Cooking" in Omaha, compiled by The Woman's Society of Christian Service, Omaha, Nebraska, 1950, 40 pages.

Bird Cage Piano Lounge Song Book, from the New Tower, Seventy-eighth and Dodge, Omaha, Nebraska. (311 songs, published in 1950s or 1960s.)

A Book of Toasts (Kniha Pripitku), by Alois Janda, published by National Printing Company, Omaha, 1920s or earlier. (Bohemian toast book.)

Candy and Candy-Making, by Mary B. Bookmeyer, 1929, published by The Manual Arts Press, 19 chapters, 200 candy recipes. (Ms. Bookmeyer was an instructor of home economics at North High School in Omaha.)

Catalogue of the Manufacturers and Consumers Association of Nebraska, "Western Goods for Western People," July 1st 1894, secretary's office, 604 Bee Building, Omaha, Nebraska. (Compliments of Carter White Lead Co., Manufacturers of White and Red Lead, East Omaha.)

Centennial Cookbook, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Bryon Nebraska, no date given.

Chadron Academy Catalogs, Chadron, Nebraska, 1901-2, 1902-4, 1904-5, and 1905-6. (We have 1907-8 and 1909-10.)

"Chief--A Collection of Early Giltner Stories," by Laurel "Chief" Haymart, Cornhusker Press, 1984, 52 pages.

The City of Lincoln, The Railroad, Educational, Political, and Commercial Center of Nebraska, 1890. (Promotional booklet.)

Community Church Cookbook, United Methodist Church, Lexington, Nebraska, 1974, 137 pages.

Community Cook Book, compiled by The Woman's Society of Christian Service, Harrison, Nebraska, 1956, 150 pages.

Cook Book, Brisco-Jones Auxiliary to VFW Post 7955, Lyman, Nebraska, 1950, 154 pages.

Cook Book, St. Luke's Guild of Kearney, Nebraska, 1933, 120+ pages.

Cooking With Grace, First Congregational Church, Ashland, Nebraska, no date given.

Course of Study for the Elementary Schools of Nebraska, 1928, published by K-B Printing Company, 203 pages. (We have 1924, 1929, and 1936.)

Creative Cookery--Favorite Recipes From My Kitchen to Yours, by Marie Hulbert, home economist, KOLN-TV, Lincoln, Nebraska, c. 1960s, 79 pages.

Crete Mills/Victor Line/Cook Books, Crete, Nebraska. (References to several printed in the 1940s.)

Culinary Serendipity, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, no date given.

Custer County, Nebraska, Farm Directory, 1967, 36 pages.

Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company of Beatrice Nebraska. Dempster New No. 12 Self Oiling Back Geared Windmill (brochure, no date); Instructions, Dempster No. 12 and 12A Windmills, 1936 (4 pages); Dempster Catalog, 1938 (312 pages); Repair Catalog "A" Covering Dempster Line of Annu-Oiled Windmills and Towers, Dempster Model #11, 12, 12A, 12 Special, 14 Wood, and No. 15, March 1, 1940 (55 pages); Dempster Plantall Tractor-Mounted Planting Equipment sales brochure (No date, 8 pages); No. 4-Combination, March 1, 1948, Dealer's and Contractor's Net Price Sheet, Combination Catalog "C"; K.C.-B.& O. Combination No. 1, August 1, 1942, Dealer's and Contractor's Price Sheet Applying to Combination Catalog "C"; No. 62 W Catalog (no date given); ME-10 March 18, 1942, Delivered Prices on Pipe and Casting; MR-9 April 10, 1941, Delivered Prices on Pipe and Casting; and No. 3 Combination October 20, 1947, Dealer's and Contractor's Net Price Sheet Combination Catalog "C" (These last six brochures have 15-51 pages each); and Repair Catalog Covering Dempster Pumps and Cylinders May 1, 1949 (27 pages).

Die Welt Deutsche Litteratur, A German Magazine for German Households, specifically for Germans in America, November 1898, published in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Press Publishing Company, 126 pages. (We have an issue dated May 1, 1899.)

Directory and Cook Book, Grace M.E. Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, by the Ladies General Aid Society, 1927, 32 pages.

Dragging Sand Creek for Minnows, by William Kloefkorn, 1992, published by River Poetry Press, Granite Falls, Minnesota, 73 pages.

Elsie Momsen's Favorite Fixin' File. (Osmond, Nebraska?)

Enjoy Cooking With Us, Favorite Recipes of First Federal Lincoln Employees, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1992.

Fairbury Windmill Company, Fairbury, Nebraska, Model No. 7AA and Model No. 7B Special Mills. (No date given, single sheet folded to make 4 pages); Repair Supplement Sheet No. 35, April 1941 (14-page booklet).

Family Favorites--Presbyterian Women, Fairbury, Nebraska, 1992, 2nd ed, 132 pages. (Cookbook.)

The Family of Daniel Shays From Descendants of Daniel Shays, by Elmer S. Smail, November 1934, 90 pages. (Descendants in Nebraska.)

Farm Directory For Hamilton-Merrick Counties, Nebraska, 1951.

Favorite Recipes, Dodge County Extension Clubs, 1960, 229 pages.

Favorite Recipes, St. Mary's Church, Bellevue, Nebraska, by St. Mary's Guild, 1976, 240 pages.

Favorite Recipes, by members of St. Mary's Guild of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Blair, Nebraska, 1948. (We have the 1959 ed.)

Favorite Recipes From Our Best Cooks, compiled by the women of the Pleasant Dale Community, 1981, 180 pages.

First Methodist Church Ladies Aid Society Cook Book in Omaha, Nebraska, February 1937, by Magic City Printing, 95 pages.

Francis C. Waid, Third Souvenir, 1892, published by J. H. Beers & Co. (Discusses his family and his 1890s trips to Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska from Blooming Valley, near Meadville, PA.)

Franklin County, Nebraska, Farm & Ranch Directory, 1968, 32 pages.

Fremont College Normal Business Institute and School of Pharmacy Catalog, 1903. (We have 1909.)

Garden Gimmicks, sponsored by Holy Trinity 4-H Club, Brainard, Nebraska, 1953, published by Walsworth Bros., Marceline, Missouri, 128 pages.

Good As Gold Recipes, First Methodist Church, Blair, Nebraska, 6th printing, 1982, 251 pages. (We have 1962.)

Gosper Atlas, by Doover. (Gosper County, Nebraska, atlas that includes Frontier County, 1979.)

The Great American Novel, by Clyde Brion Davis, 1938, published by Farrar & Rinehart, 309 pages. (Davis was born in Unadilla, Nebraska.)

Haigler Centennial Cookbook, compiled by Zion Lutheran Church ladies, 1986.

Hamilton County, Nebraska, Farm & Ranch Directory, 1967 and 1976. (We have 1972, 1979, and 1985.)

Harpham Brothers Company General Catalogue, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1927-28 general catalogue. ("Harnesses, horse collars, saddles, cowboy outfits.")

Heald's Directory, Polk County, Nebraska, by J. Lindlie Heald of Osceola, Nebraska, 1922, 68 pages.

Hearth & Home, published by Willis Printing, Nebraska City, for the women of Bethel Ev. & Ref. Church in Nebraska City, 1956, 451 pages.

Hezekiah Leigh, His Ancestors and Descendants, by John Gifford, 1980, 90 pages. (Descendants in south central Nebraska.)

Holy Bible, 1892, King James version, published by National Publishing Company, Omaha, Nebraska, 2,000 pages.

Holy Ghost Recipes for All Seasons, Holy Ghost Church, Omaha, Nebraska, no date given.

How To Get Rid of Insects and Other Vermin, Geo. H. Lee Co., Omaha, Nebraska, 1899, 64 pages.

How To Train the Reining Horse, by Tom McCann, Farnam Horse Library, Omaha, Nebraska, 1973, 64 pages.

I Think, Therefore I Am, by Chad Kluck, 2000. (Author is from Milford, Nebraska.)

Indian Legends, by Johanna R. M. Lyback, illustrated by Alexander Kay, 1938, published by Lyons and Carnahan, 366 pages. ("For Nebraska, the Pillar of Salt.")

Instruction Book for the Care and Operation of Two-Cylinder, Four-Cycle Cushman Engines, Cushman Motor Works, Lincoln, Nebraska, no date given, 33 pages.

Jessie's Homemaker Radio Magazines, published by Jessie S. Young of Lincoln, Nebraska. (We have various issues from 1949 to 1958, set may not be complete.)

Kearney County, Nebraska, Farm & Ranch Directory, 1967, 40 pages.

Keith County, Nebraska, Farm Directory, 1959, 23 pages.

Know All About Tack, Farnam Horse Library, Omaha, Nebraska, 1970s.

Know the Anatomy of the Horse, Farnam Horse Library, Omaha, Nebraska, 1970s.

Kimball Brothers Studios, Seventeenth & P Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska, no date given.

The Lee Way, a Text Book on the Diseases of Poultry and Swine, 1927-28, Geo. H. Lee Co., Omaha, 1927, 64 pages. (We have 1928-29, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1942, 1943-46.)

Lincoln Hatchery Catalog, Fall and Winter 1941-1942, Poultry Supplies, Feeds, Remedies, W. G. Lewis, The Lincoln Hatchery, Lincoln, Nebraska, 20 pages.

Lure of the West Lands With Songs of the Prairie Lands and Other Verses, by Mabel Madison Rader, 1962, published by Swordsman Publishing Co., Los Angeles, CA, 128 pages. (Author born in Hastings, Nebraska.)

Lyons, Nebraska, 1884-1984, June 15-16-17 Centennial Cookbook, 1984, 182 pages.


July 15-27: Nebraska Institute for K-12 Educators: "Teaching Nebraska History and Culture Through Social Studies and the Humanities." Call 1-800-833-6747 or visit the NSHS website at www.nebraskahistory.org

July 19: Brown Bag Lecture: "'A Faithful and Vivid Image': Karl Bodmer's North American Prints," by Brandon Ruud, assistant curator, Durham Center for Western Studies, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

August 5: 36th Annual Neihardt Day Celebration, John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. Focus will be on the 80th anniversary of Neihardt designation as Nebraska's Poet Laureate in 1921. Lunch on grounds at 11:30; program at 2. Free and open to the public. For more information call the Neihardt Site at 1-888-777-4667.

August 11-12: Annual Genoa United States Indian School Reunion/Celebration: Saturday night banquet speaker will be Dr. Steve Huffman, computational linguist, whose topic will be the code talkers. Former students, their families, relatives of former school instructor Simon Redbird, and others will attend. For more information call 402-993-2330 days; 402-993-6636 or 402-993-2349 nights.

August 16: Brown Bag Lecture: "Lawyers in Western Nebraska, 1867-1890," by Mark Ellis, History Department, University of Nebraska at Kearney. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

September 12-15: American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. For more information contact AASLH office at 615-320-3203 or by e-mail at norris@aaslh.org. Annual meeting information available on AASLH website at www.aaslh.org.

September 20: Sixth Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities: by David McCullough (Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, and public TV personality), Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. A collaboration of the Nebraska Humanities Council and the governor's office, honoring former Nebraska governors, all of whom have been invited. For information contact NHC Executive Director Jane Renner Hood or Tom Ineck at 402-474-2131 or at nehumanites@juno.com.

November 2-3: Nebraska State Historical Society Annual Meeting and History Conference, North Platte. Watch future newsletters for program details.

Wheel Boats on the Missouri
The Journals and Documents of the
Atkinson-O'Fallon Expedition, 1824­26

Wheel Boat image edited and with an introduction by
Richard E. Jensen & James S. Hutchins

$ 39.95
plus $4 shipping/handling (IA, SD, KS, MN, & NE residents add tax). $35.95 for NSHS members
· Hardcover only ·
262 pp., 8 illustrations, one map

Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, Brig. Gen. Henry Atkinson and Indian Agent Benjamin O'Fallon led 475 soldiers up the Missouri River from Fort Atkinson in 1825­26 to negotiate treaties with the native peoples and impress them with U.S. power.
      The journals cover navigation problems, Indian cultures the troops encountered, and details of army life. A unique aspect of the journey was the experiment with man-powered keel boats to navigate the wild Missouri's treacherous current.

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