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March/April 2001

Red Cloud


On March 22 the bust of Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakotas will be unveiled beside those of twenty-two other noted Nebraskans in the Hall of Fame at the State Capitol. Red Cloud was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000 by the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission. He joins Chief Standing Bear (Ponca) and Indian rights advocate Susette La Flesche Tibbles (Omaha) to become the third Native American in the Hall of Fame.

As warrior-statesman of the Oglala Lakotas, Red Cloud led his people both in war and peace. Following his birth at Blue Water Creek in western Nebraska in 1821, Red Cloud rose to prominence as a warrior. He became the only Native American leader to win a major war against the United States when, in 1866-68, he forced the government to abandon the Bozeman Trail that crossed lands claimed by the Lakotas. In 1868 Red Cloud negotiated the Fort Laramie Treaty that set aside a vast reservation for his people in western South Dakota, including the Black Hills. From 1873 to 1877, Red Cloud's agency was located in northwestern Nebraska.

During the remainder of his life, Red Cloud employed diplomacy in a tenacious but futile effort to protect Lakota lands and culture from government policies that eroded or nullified the Fort Laramie Treaty. Despite numerous visits to Washington to negotiate on behalf of his people, Red Cloud was unable to stem the tide of white encroachment that reduced the Great Sioux Reservation to mere remnants and destroyed much of traditional Lakota culture. He died at Pine Ridge Agency on December 10, 1909.

Red Cloud's bust in the Hall of Fame was sculpted by Jim Brothers of Lawrence, Kansas.


Dick Loosbrock, chair of the Nebraska State Historical Society nominating committee, is seeking candidates for election to the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees. Candidates must be members of the Society and must contact Loosbrock by June 1, 2001.

Comments and suggestions may be sent to: Dick Loosbrock, 1225 South Maple Street, Chadron, NE 69337.


The Nebraska Department of Roads Transportation Enhancement Program was one of four state programs to receive a 2000 award of excellence. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials gave the award. The competition was cosponsored by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, International Downtown Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Scenic America, among others.

The program has sponsored trails, historic preservation, and byways development in Nebraska. Over the last nine years, the program has obligated all available enhancement dollars for this program and successfully administered more than four hundred projects, resulting in improving the quality of life in one out of every four communities in the state. Some $4.4 million has gone to nearly forty historic preservation and historic byways projects. The program has been a substantial funding source for historic and transportation projects such as depots, bridges, archeology, and visitors' centers. Funding is provided under a federal transportation act, administered by the Federal Highway Administration.


Gain new strategies and perspectives for teaching Nebraska history and culture at the two-week, residential Nebraska Institute to be held in Lincoln, July 15-27, 2001. Educators from across the state are invited to apply for one of sixteen institute fellowships that provide tuition for three graduate credits, lodging, and meals. Discover new and little-known historical and cultural information. Experience new strategies for exploring history with hands-on learning and critical thinking. Past participants have found the institute to be a time of awakening to Nebraska's richness and report new excitement for Nebraska studies.

The Nebraska Institute is sponsored by the NSHS, the Nebraska Wesleyan University, and the Lincoln Public Schools. For more information or an institute brochure, call 1-800-833-6747.



Come to Fifteenth and P Streets in Lincoln for an exciting week of discovery at the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Lincoln Children's Museum. The Nebraska State Historical Society will celebrate a "Day of Play" on Tuesday, March 27, 1-4 P.M., and the Lincoln Children's Museum will celebrate "Arbor Week" Tuesday, March 27, through Friday, March 30. At the "Day of Play" event, kids of all ages are invited to bring a favorite toy to the Museum of Nebraska History as we play old-fashioned games, make crafts, share stories, and explore Nebraska Toy Stories, a new exhibit. For full enjoyment of this family event, children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult. Please call Jessica Stoner, 471-4757 or 1-800-833-6747, for more details.

"Arbor Week" activities at the new Lincoln Children's Museum are centered around planting, care, and stewardship of trees. On Tuesday, March 27, you'll have the opportunity to vote for a national tree, and Carly Cardinal from the Arbor Day Foundation will visit with guests. On Wednesday, Pioneers Park Nature Center will present special activities. Plant trees on Thursday, and join in a scavenger hunt to see how many things you can find that started as trees. Friday will feature recycled papermaking activities. Please call Barb, 477-0128, for more information.


Kids are invited to participate in three exciting workshops this summer at the Museum of Nebraska History. Summer workshops provide children with fun opportunities to learn about Nebraska's history through drama, games, projects, special guests, and detective work. Two new workshops will debut this summer: "Missing-piece Theater," June 4-8 for ages 7-12, and "Home Front Families: World War II," June 11-15 for ages 8-12. Last year's popular workshop "Beads, Baskets, and Bison Hides," will be offered again June 18-22 for ages 8-12. We hope you'll spend your summer in the past! Please contact Jessica Stoner, 471-4757 or 1-800-833-6747 for more information.


By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

Cotesfield Cemetery, Howard County, Nebraska, by [Suzanne Milbourn].

History and Legends of our Czech Ancestors, by Mary Anne P. Meier; edited by Mil and Fran Voelker. (Tresnak, Padrnos, Havelka, Dvorak families in Cuming, Dodge and Colfax counties.)

Lindenstein Family History, [compiled] by Dan Lindenstein. (Family in Kearney and Buffalo counties.)

The McPherson Family Genealogy, [compiled by] Daniel G. McPherson. (Mastalka, Selleck, McPherson, Skinner, Fisher, and Birkenstock families in Douglas, Box Butte, Johnson and Antelope counties.)

Twigs From the Hall Family Tree, researched and compiled by Janet K.R. Bower. (Family in Cass County.)

Valley View Cemetery, Holt County, Nebraska, [compiled and published by the cooperative efforts of Stanley Lambert and Joyce Taylor].

The Yager Ancestors of Denise M. Yager, 1962 to present & Terry M. Yager, 1965 to present, [compiled] by Mary Davies-Yager-Huhman. (Family in Douglas County.)

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. We are still looking for items on ebay and other online services, but our budget precludes any additional purchases through these sources for the rest of this fiscal year. Therefore, any donations of the material listed would be extremely helpful. 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 the various books, booklets, pamphlets, maps, etc. pertaining to Nebraska that the Library/Archives Division collects, we also look for photographs, postcards, manuscripts, public records, and audio-visual material relating to the history of Nebraska. If you have material relating to Nebraska in these formats that you would like to donate, please contact us.

ABC's to Good Cooking, Bertrand, Nebraska, 1962.

Ancestry of James Patten, 1747?-1817, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine, by Walter Goodwin Davis, 1941, reprinted in 1988. (Family of Robert Patten of Arundel had descendants who came to Nebraska.)

And Now Here's Johnny, written by Nora Ephron, Avon Books. (Biography of Johnny Carson, 3rd printing was published in December 1968.)

Annual Spring Combination Sale of Shorthorns...1919 Spring Sale...South Omaha, Nebraska, Stockyards...From H.C. McKelvie, Lincoln, Nebraska. (Features cattle from Greeley, Adams, Blair, David City, Clay Center, Murdock, Fairbury, and other Nebraska towns.)

Atlas of Cherry County, Nebraska, Cherry County Farm Bureau, 1938.

Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, by Richard Oliver. Architectural History Foundation and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology American Monograph Series. (No date, 297 pages.)

Best and Blessed, All Saints Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1990. (Cookbook)

"The Best in Cooking" in Omaha, Women's Society of Christian Service, 1950s.

Bethphage Mission (cover title), Glimpses of the Bethphage Mission in Axtell, Nebraska (title page?). (No date, after 1916, forty-eight pages.)

Better Farming for Better Living. Published Spring 1953 in Benkelman, Nebraska. (Other issues?)

Bicentennial Favorites, 1776-1976, Wakefield, Nebraska. 190 pages. (Cookbook)

Bradley, Merriam & Smith, Omaha, Nebraska, Catalog No. 16, 1919-20. 360 pages.

Centennial Cookbook, 1892-1992, Trinity Lutheran Church, Murdock, Nebraska.

Centennial Cookbook, 1880-1980, Oxford, Nebraska.

Central Supply & Rubber Company Catalog, Omaha, Nebraska. 1954-55 catalog.

Charming Bible Stories "Written in Simple Language and Embracing the Whole Narrative of the Old and New Testaments," by Henry Davenport Northrop. Published by W. A. Hixenbaught of Omaha, Nebraska, in 1893.

Columbus, Nebraska, Illustrated. Engraved by the Cocks-Clark Engraving Co., Denver, Colorado, Press of the Pub. Press Room & Bindery, Denver, Colorado. (No date, probably 1920s.)

Concert Quartets Number 5 for Male Voices. Published by J. A. Parks Company, York, Nebraska, 1907. (We have other titles from this publisher in our library.)

Cushman Motor Works, Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska. (1950s tourist pamphlet.)

Custer County, Nebraska, Farm Directory, 1965.

The Dempster. Beatrice, Nebraska. (No date, thirty-two pages.)

Dempster Windmills and Steel Towers. The Dempster Company of Beatrice, Nebraska. (Sixteen-page catalog from the 1930s or 1940s.)

Do You Remember? A Boy from the Nebraska Sandhills Shares Memories of the Post World War II Era, by Jay Brady, 1999.

Electric Fixture & Supply Company, Omaha, Nebraska, 1954-1955, Appliances. (Catalog, fifty pages.)

Fairbury Windmill Company Catalog No. 6-1918, Fairbury, Nebraska. Eighty pages.

Farm Directory, Seward County, Nebraska, 1952. (We have 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985.)
Firemen's Favorites, compiled by Columbus Volunteer Firefighter's Auxiliary, Columbus, Nebraska. (Cookbook)

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska. (No date, twenty-five pages.)

Forged Note "A Romance of the Darker Races," by Oscar Micheaux; illustrated by C.W. Heller. Published in Lincoln, Nebraska, by the Western Book Supply Company, 1915, reprinted 1916. 541 pages.

4 and 8 H.P. Repair List, Cushman Motor Works, Lincoln, Nebraska, January 1, 1926. No. 18-5M 4-1-26. Twenty-four pages.

Gland-O-Lac Poultry Health Book, Gland-O-Lac Company, Omaha, Nebraska. (No date.)

Golden Anniversary of the Swedish Evangelical Mission Church of Loomis Nebraska, 1886-1936. Thirty-one pages.

Golden Rod Hi-Way Log Book and Directory 1922 and 1923...from Nebraska City, Nebr. To Denver, Colo. Ninety-four pages.

A Guide to Business Practice, by Lincoln Business College, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1902. Seventy-seven pages.

The Heckendorn-Heckathorn Family in America, 1736-1982, by Theodore A. Heckathorn, Volume I, 208 pages.

He-e-e-ere's Johnny, The Real Johnny Carson Unmasked!, by Robert Lardine. Published by Award Books, 1st printing, 1975.

Hehnke-Lohmann Co., 1930s Christmas Toy Catalog. Grand Island, Nebraska. Thirty pages.

Historic Doane Families, by Don Ziegler. Portraits Prepared for the college's 125th anniversary celebration, July 4-6, 1997.

The History of Fort Crook, 1888 ­ Offutt Air Force Base, 1976, by the 3902nd Air Base Wing, Nebraska, 1976?, 128 pages.

A History of Merrick County, Nebraska. Originally published in 1898 by the Nonpareil Press, reprinted in 1967. (We do not have an original or a reprint, but we do have it on microfilm.)

History of the Kauffman Family, written and compiled by Daniel W. Kauffman, 1888. Self-published, Omaha, Nebraska. Thirty-two pages.

A House Without a Christmas Tree, 1972, VHS. (We have copies of this book [Nebraska author] in our library, but not this made-for-TV video starring Jason Robards.)

How to Cook a Husband and Other Things, 1905. Published by the Puritan Millers of Schuyler, Nebraska. (Recipes using Puritan Flour from the Puritan Mill in Schuyler.)

Hubbard Distributors, Inc., Dealer Price Guide, 1950s. Omaha, Nebraska. 100 pages.

Humorous Quartets and Encores Number 1 for Male Voices, 1901. The J.A. Parks Company, York, Nebraska. (We have other titles from this publisher in our library.)

Instruction Book for the Farm Cushman, The Original Binder Engines, Four Cycle. Cushman Motors, Lincoln, Nebraska. (No date given.)

James and Terreacy Brown Anderson: The Family and Descendants of Anderson-Henkins-Brown, by Virginia Nesler Anderson, Fairbury, Illinois, 1968. 125 pages. (Descendants in Nebraska.)

L.G. Doup, Omaha, Nebraska, Furniture Catalog, 1907. 143 pages.

The "Lee Way" of Preventing or Curing Poultry Troubles. Published by George H. Lee, Omaha, Nebraska, 1923. Booklet also contains Fundamentals of Poultry Success. Sixty-four pages.

The Last Buffalo Hunt, by Thomas L. Riggs. Printed by Santee Normal Training School Press, Santee, Nebraska, 1935.

Lincoln Drug Company...Lincoln, Nebraska, Liquor Price List, 1938.

Liquor Price List, August 15, 1938, Blotcky Beverage Company, Omaha, Nebraska. Sixteen pages.

Lumbermen's Brick & Supply Company Catalog No. 3 and Wholesale Price List, November 19, 1950, Omaha, Nebraska. Sixty pages. (We have 1951 and 1954.)

Lutheran Favorites: Featuring St. Paul's Smorgasbord of Osceola, Nebraska, 1952. 272 pages.
Morsels With A Mission, compiled by Region V Services (Nebraska City, Nebraska), 1995. 162 pages.

Mother Hubbard Cookbook, compiled by Community of Hubbard, Nebraska. (No date.) 217 pages.

My Heresy, The Autobiography of an Idea, by William Montgomery Brown. New York, The John Day Company, 1926. (References to the Omaha Methodist Church.)


March 1: Post-World War II Quilt Display, through March 31 at the Senator George W. Norris State Historic Site, 706 Norris Avenue, McCook. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30-12 and 1-5. For information call the Norris Site at 308-345-8484.

March 8: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "A Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Photographer on the Rosebud: John L. Anderson," by Don Hogg. Meet at Holiday Inn, Ninth and P Streets, Lincoln, at 6:30 P.M. For reservations (required) call Margaret Allington at 488-5698.

March 11: Sunday at the Museum Series, "Nebraska Through Song and Story," by Dan Holtz, 2 P.M., John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. For information contact the Neihardt Site at 1-888-777-4667 or neihardt@gpcom.net

March 15: Brown Bag Lecture, "Dogs on the Oregon Trail," by Loren Pospisil, NSHS Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

March 15: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "Prairie People, Prairie Plants," by Kay Young. Meet at Caniglia's Original Restaurant, 1114 South 7th St., Omaha, at 6 P.M. For reservations (required) call Bob Savage at 402-391-3252.

April 12: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "Some Early History of Omaha," by Jeffrey Spencer. Meet as above.

April 19: Brown Bag Lecture, "Cushman Oral History Project," by John Carter, special projects coordinator, NSHS. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

April 19: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "Frederick Remington: Artist of the Old West," by Linda Duda, art teacher, Brownell Talbot School. Meet as above.

April 28: Annual Neihardt Spring Conference, focusing on the eightieth anniversary of John G. Neihardt's poet laureateship. Key speaker is William Kloefkorn, Nebraska State Poet. Registration required. For information contact the Neihardt Center as above.


15th & "P" Streets 402-471-3447

March Markdowns

March 19 - 25, 2001

10:00 - 4:30, Monday - Saturday
1:30 - 4:30, Sunday

In observance of Easter, the Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be closed April 15. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388) and Cather Site (402-746-2653).

In observance of Arbor Day, Society Headquarters offices, the Library/Archives reference room, and the Gerald R. Ford Center in Omaha will be closed Friday, April 27; the Library/Archives reference room will be closed Saturday, April 28. The Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be closed April 27. For holiday hours at Neihardt and Cather, call as above.


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