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May/June 2001


The research grant program was established in 1999 to support research in Society collections leading to the production of manuscripts that can be considered for publication. This year, three grants were awarded.

Chris Widga, a graduate anthropology student at the University of Kansas, will reexamine collections from the Spring Creek Archeological site in Red Willow County to study prehistoric subsistence and bison use during the Altithermal climate period, 5,000 to 7,000 years ago. Shannon Smith Calitri, an MA student in history at UNL, will explore how late Victorian-era women began to assume new roles in government and commerce as exemplified by Katherine Worley Allen, who became chair of the Nebraska Board of Control of State Institutions in 1921. Gregory Bond of the University of Wisconsin will study the Nebraska State [Baseball] League's brief experiment with integration in 1892, which spurred debate about the rights of blacks to participate equally, and about the rights of whites to draw the color line.

Funding for the grant program is provided by the Gladys Lux History Education Endowment and by the Tom and Marilyn Allan Fund, both administered by the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation.


The program was established under federal transportation legislation of 1991 as reauthorized in 1998. It provides funding to local, state, and regional government entities to construct or restore transportation infrastructure such as creation of pedestrian and bicycle trails, beautification of highways, or restoration of historic transportation facilities. Some recent projects include extending the Cowboy Trail to Norfolk, renovating the historic Fairbury Rock Island Depot, preserving the brick Lincoln Highway segment in Elkhorn, landscaping in Oshkosh, and planting trees in Central City. Over the past ten years more than $45 million has gone to nearly 400 Nebraska projects, affecting some 150 communities.

The state program is administered by the Nebraska Department of Roads. Bob Puschendorf, deputy state historic preservation officer at the Nebraska State Historical Society, is a member of the Nebraska TE Select Committee. According to Nebraska TE Coordinator James Pearson, the goal is to get a transportation enhancement project in every Nebraska community. The 2001 program calendar includes the following deadlines: June 30, intent-to-apply forms due; August 3, draft application and preliminary budget due; September 21, final application due; and December 12, select committee meets to make final funding decisions.

For additional information or to request application forms, contact R. James Pearson, Nebraska TE Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Roads, P.O. Box 94759, Lincoln, NE 68509-4881, 402-479-4881.


The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation Board of Trustees Annual Meeting was held Saturday, April 21, 2001, at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha. The Board of Trustees reviewed the year's success and made plans for the upcoming year. The board members elected new trustees, directors, and officers for 2001-2.

The guest speaker was John Stover, one of the country's top railroad historians. He told the story of Nebraska's two favorite railroads and the role the railroads played throughout the history of Nebraska. After his talk, guests traveled to the General Grenville Dodge House in Council Bluffs for a tour of the house. General Dodge was often called the "greatest railroad builder of all time" because of his role as chief construction engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Prior to the meetings, trustees enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at the conservation laboratories located at the Ford Center, areas not open to the general public. The conservators provided a look into the scope of work done at the conservation center, work that has gained them national recognition. Jill Koelling, curator of photographs for the Nebraska State Historical Society, also demonstrated techniques and applications of digital imaging. She showed us samples of how those techniques may affect the historical interpretation of the information that we now are able to see through digital imaging. These are images that until now, had not been seen since the photographer clicked the shutter.

A strong public-private partnership is important to the Nebraska State Historical Society accomplishing its mission. The trustees are looking forward to working with the Historical Society to provide additional funding sources for its programs, activities, and special projects.


Charles Fuller, a pioneer automobile maker, built his first car in 1898 in Angus, Nuckolls County. Today the town is gone, but from 1907 to 1909 it was the home of the Angus Automobile Company, employing forty craftsmen that produced over six hundred cars in its short life.

Only one of these cars is known to have been restored-by the late Ray Ringer from Denair, California. It is now owned by his son, Dale Ringer, who will loan it to the Nuckolls County Museum in Superior this summer. The car will be exhibited May 26 during the Lady Vestey Festival in Superior and will remain on display in the museum until August. The museum is open Monday, Thursday, Sunday, and by appointment. For information call the Nuckolls County Historical Society at 402-879-4144.

Cushman motor scooter image MNH/HISTORIC SITES


What famous Nebraska product turns one hundred this year? If you guessed the Cushman engine, you're right. In 1901 cousins Everett and Clinton Cushman began constructing farm machinery and two-cycle boat engines in Lincoln. The company incorporated as Cushman Motor Works in 1913 and built a factory at Twenty-first and X streets, its present location. The Cushman Club of America will meet in Lincoln, June 3-7, 2001, to celebrate the anniversary.

In honor of the centennial, the Museum of Nebraska History will open a small exhibit of Cushman items on June 2. Highlights of the display include a Cushman Model 52 motor scooter from about 1955 and a recently acquired Cushman motor scooters sign. The exhibit replaces A New Deal for Nebraska Artists, and continues through May 31, 2002.


Looking for something to do this summer? Has the heat and humidity got you down? Trying to break out of a rut? Visit one of the historic sites of the Nebraska State Historical Society for a refreshing change of pace. The Society's seven historic sites are prepared to offer you a cool drink of history to quench your thirst for knowledge. Summer hours for the sites are:

Fort Robinson Museum, near Crawford:
8-5, Monday-Saturday; 1-5, Sunday, 308-665-2919

Willa Cather State Historic Site, Red Cloud:
8-5, Monday-Saturday; 1-5, Sunday, 402-746-2653

Thomas P. Kennard House, Lincoln:
9-12, 1-4:30, Tuesday-Friday;
1-5, Saturday and Sunday, 402-471-4764

Neligh Mill State Historic Site, Neligh:
8-5, Monday-Saturday; 1:30-5, Sunday, 402-887-4303

Senator George Norris State Historic Site, McCook:
9:30-12, 1-5, Tuesday-Saturday, 308-345-8484

John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft:
9-5, Monday-Saturday; 1:30-5, Sunday, 888-777-4667

Chimney Rock National Historic Site, south of Bayard:
9-6, Monday-Sunday, 308-586-2581



For three weeks, the Archeology Division will be teaching the 2001 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Archeological Field School. The session will run from May 21 through June 8. Students will be exposed to a variety of archeological methods including survey, mapping, excavation, and laboratory work. Fieldwork will be undertaken at a series of archeological sites along Interstate 80 from Lincoln to Omaha and along the Lower Elkhorn River Valley in western Douglas County. Site types include precontact Native American settlements and early Euroamerican homesteads. Several members of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma may also be involved in the fieldwork as participants in a Native American archeological internship program. The 2001 fieldwork will be sponsored by the Society (Archeology and Historic Preservation Divisions), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Nebraska Department of Roads.


By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

The Atlantic Bridge to Germany, Volume 9: Saxony/Sachsen, Kingdom, Province, Thuringen/Thuringia, Nine Duchies and Volume 10: Niedersachen/Lower Saxony, Braunschweig/Brunswick, Schaumburg-Lippe, Oldenburg, by Charles M. Hall and Alice Woods Schiesswohl.

Bass, Dowling, Ormsby: Ancestry of Rita Bass Smith, by Rita Bass Smith. (Families in Knox, Pierce and Dawes Counties.)

Battle Creek, Nebraska, Memories and Recipes; Tiedgen Reunion, Sunday, July 2nd, 2000, prepared by Jannell Beech. (Tiedgen, Warnoka, Hale, Breckler, Graham, Bording, and Hackelman Families in Madison County.)

Bellwood Area Cemeteries: Bellwood, Nebraska, prepared by Nancy Hartman and Charlotte Morton.

Clan McGeorge: From Scotland to Pennsylvania to Missouri, an Ocean Voyage and a River Trip, by Lu Anne Kriebs. (Scottish American Family in Butler, Boyd and Holt Counties.)

The Danish Flag on the Prairie: Danish Settlers in Nebraska, by Karsten Kjer Michaelsen. (Petersen Family in Howard County.)

Eddyville, Our Town, researched and compiled by Dolores McFarland.

Eva Abigail Smith: A Child of the Nebraska Frontier, by her husband, Seth Herbert Buell. (Smith Family in Buffalo County.)

Family History Made Easy, by Loretto Dennis Szucs.

History of the Walter and Keister Descendants, [compiled by W. C. Walter]. (Family in Cass, Saunders, and Lancaster Counties.)

I Remember When, by Lucy Steinhaus. (Roberts Family in Sheridan County.)

Irish Records: Sources For Family and Local History, by James G. Ryan.

The Morsch Immigrants From Baden: Conrad and Ernestine (Brandner) Morsch, His Brothers and Cousins, [compiled by] Lois B. Goff. (German American Families of Morsch and Hahn in Greeley County.)

Next-Year Country: One Woman's View, photographs by Alma Phillip, edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom. (Phillip Family in Keya Paha County.)

Pasek Genealogy, [compiled by] Carole A. (Wanek) Dorman, Duane D. Dorman. (Czech American family in Saline County.)

Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records, edited by Kory L. Meyerink.

The Story of Ernst Friedrich Schmidt, 1827-1913, Soldier, Gold Prospector, Pioneer Farmer: [The Poems of Katie Treptow, 1873-1962]. (Schmidt Family in Dodge County.)

Swan Valley Cemetery Directory: Swanton, Nebraska. . . , assembled by their children, Donna Essman. . .[et al.]

What Did They Mean By That?: A Dictionary of Historical & Genealogical Terms, Old & New, by Paul Drake.

U.S. Catholic Sources, compiled by Virginia Humling.

Unlocking the Secrets in Old Photographs, by Karen Frisch-Ripley.

Your English Ancestry: A Guide for North Americans, by Sherry Irvine.

By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

This list is a continuation from the last newsletter. These lists consist 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, and maps pertaining to Nebraska that the Library/Archives 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.

Nafziger Family History 1830-1966, compiled by Ezra A. Nafziger, Intercourse, Pennsylvania, 1967. (Andrew Nafziger settled in Nebraska.)

Nave's Topical Bible; A Digest of the Holy Scriptures. . . , by Orville J. Nave. . . published in Lincoln, Nebraska, by the Topical Bible Publishing Company, 1903, copyright 1896 and 1897, 1,615 pages.

Nebraska's Kitchen Kids, Cooking Creations by and for Kids, 1994, 160 pages.

The 1967 Atlas of Saunders County, Nebraska. . . , R. C. Booth Enterprises, Harlan, Iowa. (See R. C. Booth Enterprises below for other atlases we do not have in the library.)

110 Years of Service, 1872-1982, United Methodist Church, Albion, Nebraska, 220 pages.

Osceola Chautauqua, July 21 to 27, 1915, Official Souvenir Program, 16 pages.

The Other Hertzler--Hartzlers, by Emanuel C. Hertzler, 1995, 590 indexed pages. ("Dedicated to finding the family roots of the Hertzlers and Hartzlers who are not listed in Silas Hertzler's book, 'The Hertzler-Hartzler Family History.'" This volume includes "The Hertzlers of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, compiled in the 1960s by Samuel Hertzler Mumma and now updated by Leon Hertzler." Families in Nebraska.)

Our Best Recipes, Jaynes St. Community Church of God, 1534 Jaynes, Omaha, Nebraska, no dates given.

Our Favorite Recipes-First Congregational Church-Fremont, Nebraska, 1968. 165 pages.

Physical Culture of Wrestling, published by and promoting the Farmer Burns School of Wrestling, Omaha, Nebraska, circa 1915, 32 pages.

Pioneers and Old Settlers of Dakota County, Nebraska, Official Program of the 13th Reunion and Picnic. . . distributed. . . Blunt & Prettyman. . . Sioux City, Iowa, circa 1900.

Plat Book of Thayer County, Nebraska, 1900, Northwest Publishing Company.

Polled Herefords. . . Plainview Stock Farm in Octavia, Nebraska. . . 1919. Auction catalogue that also features herds at Bellwood and David City, Nebraska, Fred Reppert Auctioneers, 96 pages of pictures and lineage.

The Prairie Wife, by Arthur Stringer, A. L. Burt Company, New York, 1915.

Price List June 1, 1927. . . Henkle & Joyce Hardware Co. . . Lincoln, Nebraska. Includes prices on everything from auto & truck parts to tools and other hardware supply items.

Proper Family History [Including Proper, Propert, Propfer, Propper & Proppert], compiled and researched by Lewis G. Propert, 1996. (Family in Nebraska.)

Psychical. . . Love. . ., by Prof. R. E. Dutton, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1903.

R. C. Booth Enterprises, Harlan, Iowa, TAM Service Township Maps for Nebraska Counties: 1975-76, Lancaster County, 60 pages; 1983-84, Polk County, 31 pages; 1983-84, Richardson County, 36 pages; 1979-80, Seward County, 37 pages; 1979-80, Sherman County, 28 pages; and 1983-84, York County, 35 pages.

Recipes & Remembrances, compiled by First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska City, Nebraska, 1993, 114 pages.

Registered Herefords From J. C. Osborn & Sons, Meadow Grove, Nebraska, 1917. First Annual Sale at Livestock Pavilion in South Omaha, Nebraska.

St. Joseph's Church, Atkinson, Nebraska, 1885-1986, 128 pages, church history.

St. Joseph's Cookbook, Constance, Nebraska, 1995, 234 pages.

The Same Old Way, by T. C. Webster, chaplain, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, early 1900s, 144 pages.

The Secret Lives of Marlon Brando (From Omaha Nebraska to Mutiny on the Bounty), by Charles Hamblet, Lancer Special paperback, 1962.

Sharing Our Best, Calvert Elementary School, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1998, 136 pages.

Sonderegger Nursery Catalogs, Beatrice, Nebraska, 1905, 1912, 1913, and 1944 (1905 in German). (We have 1929, 1935, 1937, 1938, and 1939 in the library.)

Spreading Evil: Pat Crowe's Autobiography, as told to Thomas Regan, The Branwell Company, New York, 1927, 331 pages.

Standard Atlas of Sheridan County, Nebraska. . . Geo. A. Ogle & Co. . . 1914. (We have this only on microfilm.)

State of Nebraska, Summary of Motor Vehicle Driving Rules, as issued by the Department of Roads and Irrigation, Motor Vehicle Division, 1937. (We have other years in the library.)

A Source Guide to Poultry Success, Uncle Sam Poultry Book, distributed by the Sure Hatch Incubator Co., Fremont, Nebraska, no dates given, 61 pages. (We have another edition in our library.)

The Swiss Family Rusterholtz in America, by Wallace P. Rusterholtz, 1972, 396 pages. (Descendants in Nebraska.)

Technology of Beet Sugar Manufacture. . . by The Great Western Sugar Company, 1920.

The True Book of Sounds We Hear, by Illa Podendorf. . . published by the Childrens Press, 1955, printed 1965. ("The Christian Record Braille Foundation, Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska takes pleasure in presenting this beautiful book.")

Vermillion's Guide of Buffalo County, Nebraska, 1931, published by the Vermillion Map Company, Minden, Nebraska.

War Recipe Book. . . by the Federal Food Administration of Hall County, Nebraska. . . (World War I.)

Warp Family Cookbook, 1990, Morris Press, Nebraska.

The W.C.T.U. Cookbook, Choice and Tested Recipes, by Ladies of the Lincoln Union, 1900, Hoge & Benton Printers, Lincoln, Nebraska.

West Nebraska Conference of the United Brethren Church, 1893, 30 pages.

Western Supply Company Catalogue E, Plumbing-Heating-Mill-Water & Well Supplies, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1930, 371 pages.

What's Cookin' In Nebraska City, compiled by the Cookbook Committee of Nebraska City Manor, 1992.

White Ribbon Cook Book, by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Clay County, Nebraska, no dates given, 1897?

York Foundry & Engine Works, Elevating-Conveying-and Power-Transmitting Machinery-and Supplies Catalog No. 6, no dates given, 223 pages.


May 17: Brown Bag Lecture: "Omaha Tribe Legal Issues, 1945-1995," by Mark R. Scherer, history department, University of Nebraska at Omaha. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

May 17: Omaha Corral of Westerners: "Poetry of the Old West: The Good, the Bad and the Real Ugly," by Stu Lynn, Omaha Corral chip keeper. Meet at Caniglia's Original Restaurant, 1114 South 7th St., Omaha, at 6 P.M. Call Bob Savage for reservations (required) at 402-391-3252.

June 21: Brown Bag Lecture: "The Khaki-Colored Caravan: 1919 Army Convoy," by Tom White, editor, NEBRASKAland, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

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May 13 - 19, 2001
Your Historic Neighborhood Schools

In observance of Memorial Day, Society Headquarters offices and the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha will be closed Monday, May 28. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be open May 28. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (888-777-4667) and Cather Site (402-746-2653).

In observance of Independence Day Society Headquarters offices, the Library/Archives reference room, and the Ford Center will be closed Wednesday, July 4. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Cather and Neihardt) will be open. For holiday hours at Neihardt and Cather, call as above.


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