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November/December 2001


The Society presented several awards recognizing achievements in various categories at its 2001 annual meeting in North Platte on November 3. The Robert W. Furnas Award for significant contributions to the Society went to the Friedland Foundation of Omaha, which made a generous contribution to purchase books for the library at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center.

The Omaha Field Club Homeowners' League received the Nebraska Preservation Award for its efforts to promote and protect their turn-of-the-century neighborhood and for sponsoring its listing as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.

Mark Smith of Columbia, Missouri, and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received the James L. Sellers Memorial Award for the outstanding article published in the previous year's volume of Nebraska History. His article, "Karl Stefan, WJAG, and the Congressional Campaign of 1934," appeared in the Summer 2000 issue. Judges from the history faculty at Wayne State College chose the winning article. The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation provides a cash prize to accompany the Sellers Award.

The Addison E. Sheldon Award for significant achievements in the preservation of Nebraska history went to Charles E. Trimble of Omaha. Trimble, a former Society president and member of the Board of Trustees, was recognized for his advocacy of Native American rights, and his efforts to bring Native and non-native peoples together to find common ground.

Janyce Falcon Hunt of Blair and Dr. Helen Stauffer of Kearney were recognized for their six years of service on the Society's Board of Trustees.


Do you know the history of your local school, your favorite movie theater, or your favorite park? How do you begin to find out? PATHWAYS: Discovering Your Connections to History, a project of the American Association for State and Local History, is designed to outline the exciting process of discovering our community histories. Nebraskans and NSHS staff members are helping to develop this new program and to provide a pilot site.

Barbara W. Sommer, professional oral historian of Lincoln, chaired one of four PATHWAYS program committees with members John Schleicher, NSHS coordinator of education and statewide services, Karen Stanley, curriculum specialist for social studies in the Lincoln Public Schools, and Suzanne Ratzlaff, educator at Heartland Community Schools, Henderson, Nebraska, along with museum educators from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New York. Their Museum Children's Program committee created a chapter in the PATHWAYS guide entitled "Creating History PATHWAYS for Children." This chapter includes lesson plans, tips, and resource guidance to help youth discover the historic buildings in their lives.

A companion booklet for the PATHWAYS program features chapters on how to use primary resources such as immigrant records, folklore, cemeteries, and photos. For this booklet, Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan, Ph.D., a freelance journalist and oral historian from Lincoln, authored a chapter entitled, "Finding Pathways Through Oral History."

In October, NSHS cooperated with the F Street Recreation Center to conduct a pilot project of "PATHWAYS for Children." Eighteen youngsters, ten to twelve years of age, researched the history of their recreation center and the two schools they attend. With the help of NSHS staff and volunteers, city historians, and elders, the youth received training in historical research and interpretation and did primary research to discover the stories of these buildings. In January and March the youngsters will create a video documentary, which will be shown in the spring of 2002. For more information about Nebraskans piloting the PATHWAYS project, contact Jessica Stoner, 402-471-4757.


Ashley Obermeier of North Platte was the recipient of a Nebraska State Historical Society Certificate of Achievement acknowledging her scrapbook entitled The Homestead at the 2001 Nebraska State Fair. Ashley prepared her scrapbook for the "Explore Your Heritage" 4-H project. Along with a certificate Ashley received a one-year complimentary Society membership.


The Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC) is seeking host sites for a Smithsonian traveling exhibit for 2003. Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future is an exhibit that explains popular views of the future from the late nineteenth through the late twentieth century. The exhibit uses media, print, and popular entertainment to look at such subjects as futuristic homes and predictions for the future. NHC invites museums, historical societies, and other community organizations in rural communities to host the exhibit. The NHC will select five sites across Nebraska to host Yesterday's Tomorrows, to tour the state between March and December 2003. Application deadline is February 2, 2002. For information contact Raymond Screws at the Nebraska Humanities Council, 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 225, Lincoln, NE 68508; 402-474-4852.


Get your holiday discount December 2-8 at NSHS museum stores. Society members will receive a twenty percent discount on merchandise at Society museum stores during these special shopping days. If you can't make it to one of our stores check out the museum store catalog and call us at 1-800-833-6747 with your order, or visit our website at www.nebraskahistory.org. New merchandise includes items from our Neligh Mill State Historic Site: a t-shirt that features an image taken from the "Crescent Yellow Corn Meal" sack and a coffee mug showcasing the "So-Lite" logo, one of several brands of flour produced at the Neligh Mill. Other items include Lewis and Clark books and gifts, Nebraska and Western history books, historical cookbooks, Native American items, old-time toys, pottery, and much more. Mark your calendar for these special dates!


Looking for that special holiday gift that keeps on giving all year long? How about a membership in the Nebraska State Historical Society? Recipients of this gift will receive Nebraska History, a quarterly magazine devoted to the story of Nebraska's past; bimonthly newsletters; information about upcoming events; and discounts on publications and items purchased at Society museum stores.
The cost for an annual membership is only $30. Other membership categories are also available. Membership makes a great gift and helps the Society fulfill its mission of safeguarding and interpreting the past.


The Saline County Historical Society has been awarded a 2001 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) grant, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by Heritage Preservation. CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation (and preservation) specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and historic buildings and recommend ways to correctly improve collections and building conditions. The Saline County Historical Society is located at Dorchester, Nebraska. It is open 2-5 on Sundays and by appointment. For information call 402-947-2911, 946-7441, or 946-6431.



Construction continues on Building the State, the new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Nebraska History. Just a few short months remain until the grand opening on March 1, 2002. Exhibits department carpenters are now installing exhibit panels and laminating bases for artifact cases, and the first two shipments of Plexiglas case covers have been received. Artist Curt Peacock is busy fabricating custom mounts for many of the more than seven hundred artifacts that will be included in the exhibit. Tour training for docents began in October, with sessions to be held monthly until the opening. Watch the Historical Newsletter for more information on the upcoming grand opening.

The general store on the Museum's third floor closed October 15, 2001, for relocation to the new Building the State exhibit. The new general store will open March 1, 2002.

Madison resident Frances Long's patriotic uniform, worn to welcome soldiers returning from the Spanish-American War in 1898, is one of many garments that will be on display in Building the State.


Robert C. Pettit, longtime curator of collections, Museum/Historic Sites Division, retired September 28 after more than thirty-six years of full-time service with the Nebraska State Historical Society. At the time of his retirement, he had more years of full-time service than any other staff member.

Pettit began with the Society as a part-time student employee in the late 1950s and entered regular employment in April 1965. In addition to assembling knowledge about the tens of thousands of objects in the collections, Pettit worked to convert such information into computerized data, first on the state's mainframe computer and this year on the new Multi-Mimsy system that will greatly improve access to collections data for staff and researchers alike.


The Thomas P. Kennard House, a Society historic site at 1627 H in Lincoln, will celebrate Victorian Holidays Past, featuring Victorian toys, decorations, and historic photographs, Saturday, November 24, through Saturday, December 29. The house will be open 9-12 and 1-4:30, Tuesday-Saturday. There will be an open house Sunday, December 16, 1-5, with free admission. Also that afternoon Eastlake Manor, 720 South Sixteenth, and the Atwood House, 740 South Seventeenth, both in the same neighborhood, will be decorated for the holidays. Visitors will be welcomed from 1 to 5 with no admission charged.

For additional information on the holiday event and tours at the Kennard House call 402-471-4764. The Eastlake Manor's telephone number is 402-477-3610. The number for the Atwood House is 402-438-4567.


The holidays are drawing near, and once again the Museum of Nebraska History at 15th and P streets, Lincoln, will be decorated for the season, November 23-December 28, 2001. The Carson Parlor will depict an 1860s Nebraska Territorial Christmas, complete with tabletop tree, toys, and gifts. The World War II living room and the Halligan Dollhouse will also feature seasonal decorations. A tree with a toy theme will accompany the special exhibit, Nebraska Toy Stories. Two vintage sleighs will also be on view. Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9-4:30; Saturday, 9-5; Sunday, 1:30-5.


Deb Arenz was appointed to the position of senior museum curator and began work for NSHS on September 17. A graduate of the UN-L graduate program in museum studies, Deb was the director of the Elkhorn Valley Historical Society in Norfolk and more recently served as curator of collections at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. She is currently chair of the American Association for State and Local History's nomenclature revision project and is vice president of the Nebraska Museums Association.



The National Archives will open the 1930 census to the public on April 1, 2002, when a seventy-two-year statutory restriction comes to an end. The 1930 Nebraska census appears on thirty-one reels of microfilm. As we have with other census records, we are asking people to "adopt" a county (or counties) to help us purchase the Nebraska microfilm. The cost to adopt a county is $34. All contributors will be acknowledged on the box housing the microfilm.

Contributions should be sent to the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation, 408 Lincoln Center Building, 215 South Centennial Mall, Lincoln, NE 68508-1813. Checks should be made out to the Foundation with a note that payment is to go toward the 1930 Census Fund. Please designate the county (or counties) being adopted. Contact Andrea Faling, 471-4785, with questions about the 1930 census and/or this adopting opportunity.

By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

Fritz Family Book, 1600-2001, [compiled by Roy and Jean Fritz]. (Families in Lancaster, Cherry and Boyd counties.)

A Guide to Genealogical Research in Maryland, by Henry C. Peden, 2000, 5th ed. rev and enlarged.

The Huwaldt Family Forest: A Genealogical Record of the August F. Huwaldt Family, by Susan K. Wattier. (Family in Pierce County.)

My Czech Roots: Memoirs on Growing Up Czech, by Helen T. Sobotka. (Czech-American Families of Sobotka and Maixner in Seward and Butler counties.)

My Pioneer Ancestors, compiled by Elsieferne V. Stout. (Grams and Mendenhall Families in Dundy County.)

Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources, by Charles Dickson, 2001.

Stones and Hiltons of Nebraska, [compiled] by Martha Jane Stone. (Stone and Hilton Families in Saline and Antelope counties.)

Twigs From the King Family Tree, researched and compiled by Janet K. R. Bower. (King, Gordon, McCraw, Sherman, Dickinson, Flesher, and Lemon families in York and Lancaster counties.)


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 us from purchasing many of the titles. 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 books, booklets, pamphlets, and maps, the Library/Archives Division also seeks photographs, postcards, manuscripts, public records, and audio-visual material relating to the history of Nebraska. If you have such material that you would like to donate, please contact us.

Ankrom Genealogy, by Donsel Ankrom, 1988, 427 pages. (Family in Nebraska.)

The Art of Fine Furniture Building, by Kathy and Dave Prochnow, Betterway Books, 1993, 174 pages. (Authors are from Omaha.)

Atlas, Clay County, Nebraska, compiled by Midwest Atlas Company, Fremont, 1963.

Atlas of Custer County, Nebraska, compiled and published by Tri-Tabula, Inc., Lake Elmo, Minnesota, 1978.

Atlas of Dawson County, Nebraska, 1919, by the Anderson Publishing Company.

Atlas, Polk County, Nebraska, compiled by Midwest Atlas Company, Fremont, 1963.

Baum Iron Catalog No. 52, by the Baum Iron Company (est. 1888), Omaha, no date given, 186 pages.

Beatrice Retail Merchants Shopping Guide, The Style and Shopping Center of Southeastern Nebraska, June Issue, 1919, 40 pages.

Bethany Lutheran Church, 1897-1997, Ord, Nebraska. (Cookbook.)

Bethel Tested Recipes, Bethel United Methodist Church, Gibbon, Nebraska, no date given, 52 pages.

Bingham Congregational Church Cook Book, by the Women's Fellowship Group, 1954, 94 pages.

A Book For The Cook, by the Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal) of Lincoln, Nebraska, 1974, 152 pages.

The Boys Town Prayer Book: Prayers by and for the Boys and Girls of Boys Town, edited by Fr. Val J. Peter, no date given, 147 pages.

The Bright Side of Living and Other Poems, by Charles Wayne Ray of Lyons, 1916.

Builders Handbook with the Official Building Code of the City of Omaha with Revisions to January 1, 1938, published by Omaha Builders' Exchange.

Capitol Supply Company, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1938, 242 pages. (Plumbing supply catalog.)

Catalogue of the Blair Horse Collar Company, Incorporated, Blair Nebraska, 1906, 24 pages.

Centennial Cookbook (1887-1987), by the United Methodist Church in Brainard, Nebraska, 1987.

Cherished Recipes, St. John's Lutheran Church, Wakefield, Nebraska 1984, 236 pages.

Christmas Cookery, compiled by St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Papillion, Nebraska, 1983.

Clash of Cultures on the Great Plains: 1865-1890, by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999. (VHS Video.)

Coins and Hobbies, 1966. (Coin show guide and a local celebration/history of Nebraska City and surrounding communities.)

Cook Book 1963, compiled by the Christian Women's Fellowship of First Christian Church, Hastings, Nebraska.

Cook-Book, edited and published by The Women's Aid Society of The Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Merna, Nebraska, 1941.

Cookin With Class of '87, by the Rising City, Nebraska, class of 1987.

Cornhusker Futurity, 14th Annual, November 3-4, 1955, at Broken Bow, Nebraska. (Cattle auction brochures.)

Courtyard Square, Fairbury, Nebraska, no date or pages given. (Cookbook.)

Danish-American Cookbook, 1985, 175 pages, stated as being from Nebraska.

Davis Family History, by J. Montgomery Seaver, 1920s. (Frederick H. Davis Family of Nebraska.)

Dehner Co., Omaha, Nebraska, Boot Catalog, 1968.

Farm Directory, Brown County, Rock County, Nebraska, 1940-42, 33 pages.

Favorite Recipes, by St. Joseph's Church of Paul, Nebraska, no date or pages given.

Favorite Recipes, by Christian Women's Fellowship, First Christian Church, Omaha, Nebraska, 1966, 110 pages.

Favorite Recipes From Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1983, no pages given.

Cook Book, Favorite Recipes From Our Best Cooks, compiled by the Miriam Circle, United Methodist Church Women of St. James United Methodist Church, Bellevue, Nebraska, 1977.

Cook Book, Favorite Recipes From Our Best Cooks, compiled by St. Ann's Sodality of St. Stanislaus Church, Duncan, Nebraska, 1978, 170 pages.

Feast of Goodness, by St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Omaha, 1993, no pages given.

Fifty Negro Spirituals for Male Voices, arranged by Gerald Grey, Marion Moore, and J.A. Parks, published by J.A. Parks Co., York, Nebraska, 1930, 150 pages.

First Lutheran Church Cook Book, Allen, Nebraska, no date or pages given.

Franklin High School Alumni, 1891-1960. (We have 1891-1951 and 1891-1956.)

"From Soup to Nuts," by West Nebraska General Hospital, no date or pages given.

Herefordale Ranch Herefords, H. Gaudreault & Son, Farnam, Nebraska, December 17 & 18, 1919. Illustrated sales catalogue for the dissolution sale of Famous Anxiety 4th Herefords. (We have 1918.)

History of Carleton, Nebraska, compiled and written under the auspices of The Carleton Women's Club and by Wanda Tegtmeier and Wilma I. Bice, 1967, 37 pages.

History of the Hall County Whisker Club, 1932, 48 pages. (Organized at Grand Island, Nebraska to publicize the 75th anniversary celebration of Hall County.)

Holiday and (?) Cook Book, compiled by the Lincoln Woman's Club; sponsored by The Live Members' Division, 1947, 106 pages.

Holy Ground, Too, The Camp Meeting Family Tree, by Kenneth O. Brown, 1997, published by Holiness Archives, Hazleton. ("This historical/bibliographical study has a lengthy essay on the founding and development of camp meetings, and lists more than 3,000 sites nation-wide. Nearly forty different Nebraska sites are listed.")

Home at Last, VHS Video by BWE Video, 1988. ("Based on the real Orphan Trains which resettled children in the Midwest at the turn of the century.")

In Memoriam. Poems by the Late Rev. Robert Clarkson Tongue, published in Loving Memory by his Wife, Minnie Wyatt Tongue, no date or publisher given. (Rev. Tongue was born in 1869 in Nebraska and died in 1904.)

Inskip, McDonald, Fowler:"Wholly and Forever Thine," by Kenneth O. Brown, Holiness Archives, Hazleton, 1999. ("This is a new history of the National Camp Meetings, and the National Encampment at Lincoln, Nebraska, was world famous.")

Key to the Native Perennial Grasses-Midwest Region East of the Great Plains, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, 1968, 116 pages. (This guide covers grass species found in Nebraska.)

Kitchenology, by the Woman's Society of Christian Service in Hildreth, Nebraska, no date or pages given.

Kosch Side-Mounted Tractor Farm Mower Parts Book and Operation Manual, made for Models M33, Farmall 340 & 460 and International 450 Hi Utility, manufactured by Kosch Mfg. Co., Columbus, Nebraska, 34 pages, no date given.

Ladies' Social Union of Stromsburg, Nebraska, in the Interest of Health, Economy and Long Life, June 1904, 66 pages. (Cookbook.)

Lancaster County Rural Directory, 1956, published by Cornhusker Rural Directory Service, Inc., Lincoln, 72 pages.

Lewis Poultry Guide, by the Lincoln Hatchery, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1941, 110 pages.

Mary Moore's Cookie Booklet, Radio WJAG, Norfolk, Nebraska, 1956, 18 pages.

Northwest Nebraska Hereford Association Valentine. . . February 14, 1958. (Pictured auction brochure.)

Nudis Verbis, or Bible and Real Truths, by J.F. Ballinger, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1893, 560 pages.

Nursery Catalog, by Fairbury Nurseries, C.M. Hurlburt and Son, Fairbury, Nebraska, 1939.

Official Great Lovers Cookbook, by the Omaha Jaycettes, 1980, 227 pages.

Official Year Book of the Fifth Annual Convention of the Federation of Nebraska Retailers held at Omaha, Nebraska March 7, 8, 9, 1911, 88 pages.

Omaha Iron Store Co. Catalog No. 21, 1911, 312 pages.

Omaha Retired Teachers Cook Book, 1969, 98 pages.

Once Upon a Time Their Hopes Were High, Filley, Nebraska, 1883-1983, published by Miller Printery, Beatrice, Nebraska.

Old Czech Recipes for Today's Kitchens, Nebraska Centennial Edition, Czech Festival of Foods, compiled by Clarkson Woman's Club, Clarkson, Nebraska, no date given, 26 pages.

Our Children's Favorite Recipes, compiled by Parent Teachers Association of Whittier School, Kearney, Nebraska, 1946-1947, 80 pages.

Favorite Recipes of Hastings, Nebraska, Church of the Nazarene, 1976, no pages given.

Parks' Sacred Quartets, A Choice Collection of Quartets, Duets and Sacred Songs for Male Voices, 1897, published by J.A. Parks Co., York, Nebraska, 64 pages. (We have several other titles from this company.)

Pius High Presents Striking Recipes, by Pius X High School, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1960s (?), 150+ pages.

Potter Community Improvement Cookbook, 1980s, no pages given.

Priscilla's Cook Book ­ Choice Recipes, 1910s, 56 pages. (Community cookbook from Red Cloud, Nebraska.)

Recipes, A Matter of Taste, by the Messiah Lutheran Church Women, Aurora, Nebraska, no dates or pages given.

Recipes and Home Helps, by Salem Lutheran Church, Stromsburg, Nebraska, 1948, 100 pages.

Recipes From the Flock, by St. Paul Lutheran Church, Weeping Water, Nebraska, no date or pages given.

Recipes, Our Best to You, from the Wahoo, Nebraska, Order of Pythian Sisters Calanthian Temple No. 43, no date or pages given.

Revision, Ordinances of the Village of Ogallala, Nebraska, published by authority of the Chairman and Board of Trustees, Volume 1, A.D. 1928, prepared by Murl M. Maupin, lawyer, Ogallala, Nebraska.

Roberts Cookbook, published by the Roberts Dairy Company of Omaha, Nebraska, 1974, 412 pages.

Sacred Spirit: The Lakota Sioux, Past and Present, by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2000. (VHS Video.)

Saint Bonaventure Christian Guild, Columbus, Nebraska, 1985, 108 pages. (Cookbook.)

Sargent Woman's Club Cook Book, 1930-31, Sargent Woman's Club of Sargent, Nebraska, 90 pages.

Saunders County Plat Book, 1970, no pages given. (We have plat books that are similar for 1953, 1983, 1976, 1990, 1991-92, and 1993.)

Story of a Live Town: The Review: A Photographic Review of Madison, Madison County, Nebraska from the Post Press. May 1910 official organ of the Madison Commercial Club, approximately 40 pages.

Sutton Cook Book, 1926, 160 pages (Sutton, Nebraska.)

Town and Country Cookie Book, sponsored by the Platte Valley Extension Club, Octavia, Nebraska, 1953, 80 pages.

Thank Heaven for Home Made Cooks, by the Bensonvale Covenant Church, Omaha, no date or pages given.

Tractor Field Book with Power Farm Equipment Specifications, published by Farm Implement News Co., Chicago, 1956, 435 pages. (Includes 125 pages on the Nebraska tractor tests.)

Trapper News, monthly publication from Sutton, Nebraska. (We are aware of issues published in the late 1970s and early 1980s.)

United Methodist Church, Overton, Nebraska, 1990, cookbook, no pages given.

The Victory Begins at Home: Recipes to Match Your Sugar Ration. . . , prepared by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1942, 14 pages.

W.R. Adams Co. "The Old Reliable Tanners, Fremont, Nebraska," Catalog No. 9, no date given.

Wausa Directory, April 1, 1917, by the Union Telephone Co. Wausa, Nebraska, 20 pages.

Wayne Community House Cook Book, edited by Mrs. Henry Ley, no date given.

What's Cookin? In Juniata, Nebraska, published by the Juniata Ladies Aid, 1948.

Whiskers, Whisks and Whimsy--A Low Fat, Low calorie Cookbook to Benefit the Nebraska Humane Society, 1995.

Who's Who in Callaway, or Our Great and Near Great, by V. A. Vangreen, ca. 1905. (Callaway, Nebraska.)

With a Little Help From our Friends, by the Hebron, Nebraska Jaycettes, no date given.

YMCA Cookbook, Beatrice, Nebraska, no date or pages given. (Contains a brief history of the Beatrice YMCA.)

World Recipes, Joslyn (Omaha, Nebraska) Elementary School Presents Ethnic Recipes From Around the World, no date or pages given.

Young Sand Hills Cowboy, by Francis Lynde Kroll, published by Grosset & Dunlap, 1953, illustrated by Charles H. Greer, 189 pages. (Fiction book set in Nebraska.)

Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, Nebraska, 115 Years Under God's Grace, 1874-1989, no pages given. (Cookbook.)


November 8: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "The Fetterman Massacre," by Shannon Calitri. Meet at Holiday Inn, Ninth and P Streets, Lincoln, at 6:30 P.M. For reservations (required) call Margaret Allington at 402-488-5698.

November 9: Nebraska Library Commission Centennial Celebration, luncheon, open house, and presentation on the library commission's early years. For program and reservations (required), call 402-471-2045 or visit the website www.nlc.state.ne.us/centennial

November 11: Sunday at the Museum Series, "Nebraska Words and Music: A Collaboration," NHC program by Randall Snyder, composer-in-residence at UN-L, presenting art songs based on the works of several Nebraska poets. Program at 2 P.M. with reception to follow. John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft. For information contact the Neihardt Site at 1-888-777-4667.

November 15: Brown Bag Lecture, "Bess Streeter Aldrich," by Marcee Baker, director, Aldrich House and Museum, Elmwood. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

November 15: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "George Joslyn and his Family," by Dennis Mihelich. Meet at Caniglia's Restaurant, 1114 South 7th St., Omaha, at 6 P.M. For reservations (required), call Bob Savage at 402-391-3252.

December: A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth, PBS documentary featuring the best American quilts of the twentieth century, stories behind their creation, and quilters as they work. Included is Grace McCance Snyder's quilt, "Flower Basket," in NSHS collections. Check local PBS listings for date and time.

December 6: Omaha Corral of Westerners, "The Christmas of the Phonograph Records," by Virginia Opocensky. Meet with Rachel Snowden Corral at Doubletree Guest Suites, 7270 Cedar Street, Omaha, at 6 P.M. For reservations (required), call as above.

December 13: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "Christmas Traditions of Germans from Russia," by Jan Ross. Meet as above.

December 20: Brown Bag Lecture, "Conservation of the USS Nebraska Silver," by Deborah Long, NSHS objects conservator, Ford Conservation Center, Omaha. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

January 10, 2002: Lincoln Corral of Westerners, "A Post Card Tour of Lincoln," by Ed Zimmer and Matt Hansen. Meet as above.

March 7-9, 2002: Forty-fifth Annual Missouri Valley History Conference, Sheraton Omaha, adjacent to Omaha's Old Market district. MVHC luncheon speaker is Prof. Linda K. Kerber. For information e-mail mvhc@unomaha.edu

In observance of Veterans' Day Society headquarters and the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha will be closed Monday, November 12. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Neihardt and Cather) will be closed November 11 and 12. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388) and Cather Site (402-746-2653).

In observance of Thanksgiving Society headquarters and the Ford Center will be closed Thursday, November 22, through Sunday, November 25. The Museum of Nebraska History will be closed November 22, and the Historic Sites (except Neihardt and Cather) will be closed November 22 and 23. For holiday hours at Neihardt and Cather, call as above.

In observance of the holidays Society headquarters and the Ford Center will be closed Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1, 2002. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites (except Neihardt and Cather) will be closed December 25 and January 1. For holiday hours at Neihardt and Cather, call as above.

A copy of the NSHS Foundation Newsletter was distributed with this issue of the Historical Newsletter.

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