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May/June 2003

Hanna watercolor of barracks

The Cheyenne Outbreak Barracks (1874 Cavalry Barracks)
Illustration by Lincoln artist Robert Hanna

Reconstructed by the Nebraska State Historical Society 

 The Nebraska State Historical Society
cordially invites you
to attend the dedication

The Cheyenne Outbreak

Saturday, June 7, 2003
11:00 A.M.

Fort Robinson State Park
Crawford, Nebraska

RSVP to Lana at 1-800-833-6747 or 402-471-3270

125th anniversary emblem


Treasures from the NSHS collections are featured in May and June at the Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln, and at the Society's headquarters at 1500 R Street.

May's highlights include the camera used by John Anderson, a photographer who worked primarily at Fort Niobrara in Nebraska and on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Born in Sweden in 1869, Anderson came to this country with his parents, eventually settling in Cherry County, Nebraska, in 1884. John was sent to Pennsylvania to be educated, and it was during this time he became familiar with photography. By 1887 he was working as a civilian photographer for the army at Fort Niobrara, near Valentine, Nebraska. In the early 1890s he was working as a clerk in the Rosebud Reservation trading post operated by Col. Charles P. Jordan. Anderson was a prolific photographer, and the wooden view camera he used to make some of the more than 350 glass-plate negatives now in the Society's collection will be exhibited at the Museum of Nebraska History during May.

Photographs printed from glass-plate negatives shot by Anderson will be featured at the Society's headquarters building. Formal portraits of Two Strike, Stand and Looks Back, Stranger Horse, and four generations of Two Strike's family (reproduced here) will be displayed.
Four generations

Artifacts illustrating both bigotry and brotherhood in Nebraska's past will be featured in June. The Museum of Nebraska History will exhibit a Ku Klux Klan robe owned and worn by Larry Trapp, who gained notoriety in the 1980s for renouncing his affiliation with the Klan after interactions with Lincoln Cantor Michael Weisser. Trapp subsequently converted to Judaism.

The headquarters building will exhibit the guestbook from Fairview, the home of William Jennings Bryan, in which many world leaders signed their names. The guestbook will be open to the September 23, 1912, entry made by 'Abdul-Baha Abbas, the eldest son of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith. Abbas also wrote a blessing in Farsi (Persian) in the book that was then translated on the lines below by another member of his party.

The Museum of Nebraska History is open 9:00-4:30, Monday-Friday, and 1:00-4:30, Saturday and Sunday. The headquarters building is open 8:00-5:00, Monday-Saturday.


This summer we are offering a series of four Making History Workshops for groups of six to twelve children in grades one through five. These workshops are an hour long and are booked like tours, Monday through Friday, during regular museum hours, June 9 through August 22, 2003. In each workshop children will go on a thirty-minute tour with a docent and then spend thirty minutes in the History Workshop--our new classroom--making a craft version of one or two objects they saw during their tour. The cost per child is $3. The four workshop titles are American Indians, Pioneer Peoples, Everyday Life, 1867-1916, and Home Front Kids of World War II. For more information about the Making History Workshops, please call the museum office, 471-4754, or visit the Historical Society's Making History Workshops webpage.


The Spinning, Weaving, and Needlework Display will be held during June at the Senator George Norris State Historic Site, 706 Norris Avenue, McCook. Two spinning wheels belonging to George Norris's mother are part of the permanent display in the Norris home. A blanket, quilt, and coverlet, along with redwork, drawn work, rickrack lace, and crochet created by the women of the Norris family, are the basis for this display. It is augmented by many examples created by local artisans. Sewing styles in the exhibit include tatting, crochet, knitting, needlepoint, counted cross-stitch, and many others.

A special display of aprons (including aprons made by Mrs. Ellie Norris) with related writings will also be exhibited during the entire month.

The exhibit can be viewed during regular hours. For questions or special tours contact Linda Hein, curator, at 308-345-8484.


The Nebraska State Historical Society has awarded $1,000 research grants to support the work of two scholars conducting research on the history of Nebraska and the Great Plains. Recipients of the competitive awards for the 2003 grant cycle are J. Ryan Duddleson of Lincoln, Nebraska, and M. Melissa Wolfe of Columbus, Ohio.

Duddleson, a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will study "use alteration" in Plains Woodland pottery. Wolfe, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Ohio State University, will study the photographs of Solomon Butcher, renowned for his portraits of Nebraska homesteaders.

Duddleson will assess the effects of use on ceramic artifacts from the Schultz Site in Valley County, Nebraska, excavated in 1939. He will look for deposits, residues, or patterns of wear from which inferences can be made about the function of the vessels, the life ways of the users, and the reasons for changes in form observed in the artifacts, which are curated by the Archeology Division of the Historical Society.

Wolfe will study Butcher's photographs for the insights they offer into the nature of western identity in the context of the "narrative" of western agricultural settlement, which is indebted to what historians have called the "American agrarian myth." Wolfe hopes to arrive at conclusions about the complex set of issues and influences that can be inferred from details in the photographs, and set the portraits into broader issues of the day by showing how national concerns were localized and expressed in specific western contexts.

Research will be conducted over the next year. Funds for the grants are provided by the Gladys Marie Lux Nebraska History Education Endowment Fund and the Tom and Marilyn Allan Fund, both administered by the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation.



Three days of teacher in-service training were organized by the Omaha Public Schools and held at the Ford Center in April in conjunction with Another Nebraska. Third and fourth-grade teachers, as well as social studies specialists in middle and high schools, heard about Society resources related to African Americans and also enjoyed presentations by Deb Bunting, Nebraska Arts Council; Peggy Jones, a Nebraska Arts Council artist-in-residence; and Helene Quigley, Historical Society of Douglas County. The Omaha Public Schools also covered registration costs so educators could attend the April 26 history conference. The Society extends thanks to OPS for helping us make Nebraska history resources accessible to hundreds of students.

The Omaha Public Library offered exhibits on the history of African Americans in Nebraska at its Charles B. Washington Library in North Omaha and on the history of jazz in Omaha at the downtown W. Dale Clark Library during April. Two programs are scheduled on the black heritage theme in May.

"North Omaha Architectural History," with emphasis on Omaha architects Thomas Kimball and Cap Wigington, will be presented by Linda Gause, Wednesday, May 14, at 6:30 P.M., and Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30 P.M., Charles B. Washington Branch, Twenty-ninth and Ames Ave., Omaha, NE 68111. For information: 402-444-4849.

"Beginning Black Genealogy," will be presented by Donna Kratchovil, Greater Omaha Genealogical Society, Saturday, May 31, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M., W. Dale Clark Library, lower level, 215 S. Fifteenth Street, Omaha, NE 68102. For information: 402-444-4826.


With the increase in our docent corps from ten to twenty-six, this spring we are able to offer guided tours to all groups. Last year we could offer tours only on certain days of the week. Thanks to each docent, "old" and "new," for your dedication and hard work. The experienced docents have conducted our model tours, and it has been terrific to watch the new docents grow in their knowledge, skills, and confidence.

This spring the docents have also implemented "Great Tours," a new series of thematic tours. Themes allow teachers to make informed choices on focusing their tour when they visit the museum. This year's theme choices include, for the First Nebraskans: Resourceful Peoples, Unique Peoples, and Remarkable Relationships; and for Building the State: State Essentials, Everyday Life, Nebraska Agriculture, and Using the Land. We look forward to the teacher and docent feedback on these themes. Hats off to the docents!
Docent graduation day
Most new and several experienced docents weth Jessica Stoner, NSHS museum
educator (seated at left), on February 19, 2003, graduatuon day for those completing
the Docent Education Series, the first step in becoming a docent.


Our Making History Workshop leaders this summer will be our docents. Participating docents will complete two sessions of training in late May and early June, and then will be ready to lead these workshops. We look forward to this new adventure with the docents and the chance to work with them year round. Thank you, docents!


We are pleased to have Amanda Ray, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln museum studies graduate student, with us this summer as our Making History Workshop coordinator. Amanda is a familiar face around the museum, having recently completed docent training. For her internship, Amanda will work in the education department with Museum Educator Jessica Stoner, designing and implementing the Making History Workshops. Welcome, Amanda!


By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

Ancestry and Descendants of Captain Timothy Prout of Boston, by Dale E. Prout. (Hiram Augustus Prout is mentioned in Joseph Leidy's book, The Ancient Fauna of Nebraska, published in 1853.)

A Family Odyssey: The Connecticut Churchills and the Settling of America, 1635-1900, by Malcolm H. Churchill. (Families in Hall, Hamilton, Nuckolls, Lancaster, Douglas, and Sheridan counties.)

Family Record of the Mullikin Family Beginning with J. W. and E. H. Mullikin, first kept by Ida Mullikin at Cherryvale, Kansas, started in 1917. (Family in Fillmore County.)

The Harshman, Hashman, Hershman, Hersman Family: A History and Genealogy, by C. C. Harshman, in collaboration with Mavournee Harshman. A revised and greatly amplified ed. of The Harshman Family, published in 1912 by Charles W. Harshman. (Family in Cass County.)

The Uehling Family, 1627-2002, by Thad T. Uehling. (German American family in Dodge County.)

The 1930 Census: A Reference and Research Guide, edited by Thomas Jay Kemp, 2002.


May 2: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Mouth of the Platte chapter. "My Perceptions of Great Great Great Grandpa Bill," by Peyton C. Clark. Meet at 7:30 P.M. at Mr. C's Restaurant at 5319 North Thirtieth St. For information and reservations (required): mouthoftheplatte@aol.com or 402-331-7241.

May 15: Brown Bag Lecture, "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Nebraska's Visionary Thinkers," by John Carter, NSHS Research and Publications Division. Everyone has wondered what the future will look like, and Nebraskans in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were no different. Through research funded in part by a Nebraska Humanities Council grant, Carter has been exploring how yesterday's Nebraskans envisioned their tomorrows, and he will reveal several of their stories, ranging from the wild and wacky to the eerily prescient. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

May 15: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "Using History and Archeology to Solve a 140-Year Mystery of a Civil War Battle," by archeologist Doug Scott of Lincoln, National Park Service. Meet at 6 P.M. at Original Caniglia's Restaurant, 1114 South Seventh St., Omaha. Call Stu Lynn, 402-558-7209, for information or reservations (required).

June 7: Cheyenne Outbreak Barracks dedication, Fort Robinson. See separate invitation above.

June 17: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Mouth of the Platte chapter. "Music and Poetry on the Trail," by William Kloefkorn, Nebraska State Poet. Meet at 6 P.M. at Caniglia's Restaurant, Seventh and Pacific Streets, Omaha. For information and reservations (required): mouthoftheplatte@aol.com or 402-331-7241.

June 19: Brown Bag Lecture, "Eli Ricker: Conduit to History," by Richard Jensen, NSHS Research and Publications Division. Eli S. Ricker, a Chadron, Nebraska, judge and newspaper editor in the early twentieth century, interviewed participants­both Indian and white­in the Indian wars of the late nineteenth century. His interviews, 5,500 handwritten pages, are one of the finest collections in existence of first-person accounts of conditions and battles on the Plains. Never before fully available to the public, the interviews have been transcribed, edited, and annotated by Richard Jensen, and will soon be released in a two-volume edition by the University of Nebraska Press. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.


Food Products

Nebraska's entrepreneurial spirit is alive with Nebraska-made food items. These products make great gifts, are fun to share with friends, or simply to enjoy yourself.

Sandhills Jelly, made with 100 percent juice and a variety of fresh chili peppers available in Grape-Peach Habanero, Raspberry Jalapeno, and Berry Serrano.

Sandhills Salsa, available in medium or hot.

Mustard from the South Side (south of the Platte River), this mustard is a combination of both sweet and spicy. Available in Original and Spicy Hot. 

Country Barn Harvest Soup Mix, colorful layers of dried vegetables, grains, spices and seasonings are packaged in a mason jar.

Peppered Buffalo Steak Jerky sticks.

June's Cornbread Mix, packaged in assorted gingham bags.


Fort Robinson and the American West 1874-1899, by Thomas R. Buecker, now available in paperback.

The Lewis and Clark Journals, An American Epic of Discovery, The Abridgment of the Definitive Nebraska Edition, edited and with an introduction by Gary E. Moulton.

Historic Railroads of Nebraska, by Michael M. Bartels and James J. Reisdorff.


MUSEUM of NEBRASKA HISTORY, 15th & "P" Streets, 402-471-3447
10:00 - 4:30, Monday - Friday
1:00 - 4:00, Saturday and Sunday

In observance of Memorial Day, Society headquarters, NSHS offices in the Lincoln Children's Museum, and the Ford Center will be closed Monday, May 26. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites operated by the NSHS will be open. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388) and Cather Site (402-746-2653).

In observance of Independence Day, Society headquarters, NSHS offices in the Lincoln Children's Museum, and the Ford Center will be closed Friday, July 4. The Library/Archives will be closed Saturday, July 5. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites operated by the NSHS will be open. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site and Cather Site as above.


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