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November/December 2002


The long, hot summer is finally over at the Society's Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. A complete air-conditioning system failure had caused the museum to curtail hours in June and then close completely in August. Work continues on repair of the system, but moderating temperatures made it possible to reopen to the public Saturday, October 5. The museum has returned to its regular schedule of operation: Saturday and Sunday, 1-4:30, and Monday-Friday, 9-4:30.

Some presentations in the monthly noon-hour Brown Bag Lecture series have been rescheduled. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Rene Botts, Society curator of anthropology, will present "New World Foods," on Thursday, November 21. Cookbook author and noted wild foods expert Kay Young will give tips on "Gathering and Cooking Wild Plants of the Great Plains" on Thursday, December 19.

An exhibit scheduled to open October 1 in conjunction with the centennial of 4-H in Nebraska, "Still Making the Best Better," fell victim to the air-conditioning failure and had to be canceled. An online version of the exhibit is being prepared for posting on the Nebraska State Historical Society's website, www.nebraskahistory.org.

The museum's History Adventure Center offers hands-on learning for kids of all ages during regular museum hours. In time for the holidays, the museum store is open its usual hours, 1-4, Saturday and Sunday, and 10-4:30 Monday-Friday.

For further information or to schedule group tours, call the museum at 402-471-4754.


If you're having a hard time figuring out what gifts to buy this Christmas, consider giving Nebraska State Historical Society memberships. You won't have to fight crowds in the stores, you won't have to spend a lot of money, and your gift recipients will learn a great deal about Nebraska's rich history. They will receive:

holly A subscription to Nebraska History, the quarterly magazine devoted to the story of Nebraska's past.

holly Discounts on publications and items purchased at museum stores.

holly Unlimited free admission to the Society's historical sites, plus special invitations to exhibit openings.

holly A subscription to the Historical Newsletter, a bimonthly members-only newsletter and calendar of events.

holly Invitations to members-only events, including tours and special programs.

holly Advance notice of public programs, lectures, workshops, and special offerings at all museum stores.

holly An opportunity to support the preservation of Nebraska's history.

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The Society's 1996 book, A Frontier Army Christmas, would make a great holiday gift for anyone interested in the history of the West, or of nineteenth-century holiday celebrations. The book, edited and annotated by Lori Cox-Paul and Dr. James W. Wengert, appears in the new museum store catalog included with this newsletter.

A Frontier Army Christmas reviews how soldiers and their families observed the holiday, both in garrison and in the field. Chapters cover food, drink, entertainment, and gift-giving. The book also includes several recipes, and is profusely illustrated with unique photographs and drawings.

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Get your holiday discount December 2-8 at the NSHS museum stores. Society members will receive a 20 percent discount on merchandise at Society museum stores during these special shopping days. If you can't make it to one of our stores call us at 1-800-833-6747 or visit our website at www.nebraskahistory.org/oversite/store/catalog.htm

The store features many books and educational items perfect for adults and children. It also carries a number of items by Nebraska artists. Mark your calendar for December 2-8. Your purchase helps to support the Nebraska State Historical Society, assisting with exhibits, educational programs, and preserving the state's history.


Austin and Courtney Hendrickson of Broken Bow were the recipients of a Nebraska State Historical Society Certificate of Achievement acknowledging their two scrapbooks titled Comstock & the Bohemians and History of the Comstock Churches at the 2002 Nebraska State Fair. Austin and Courtney prepared their scrapbooks for the "Explore Your Heritage" 4-H project. Along with their certificate Austin and Courtney each received a one-year complimentary Society membership.



The Thomas P. Kennard House, a Nebraska State Historical Society site at 1627 H in Lincoln, will celebrate Victorian Holidays Past, featuring Victorian toys, decorations, and historic photographs, Saturday, November 30, through Tuesday, December 31. The house will be open 1-4:30, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; and by appointment the rest of the week, Monday through Friday. Regular admission will be charged. Nebraska State Historical Society members are admitted free. There will also be a free open house on Sunday, December 15, from 1 to 5. For more information call 402-471-4764.



The Library/Archives Division maintains six small exhibit cases in the main hallway of the Society headquarters building at 1500 R Street. These changing exhibits highlight documents and photographs from the Library/Archives collections. Current exhibits are: A Nebraskan Goes to NATO: General Alfred M. Gruenther; The Rest of the Story: The Halls of Hallmark; and Music from the Soil of the American Midwest: Howard Hanson, 1896-1981. Additionally, two displays describe services and materials offered by the Library/Archives, and the newest exhibit features books and other materials relating to the Lewis and Clark Expedition available for purchase from the museum store.

By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

The Ancestors and Descendants of Elmer and Lizzie Hanson, by Lanny A. Robbins. (Hanson, May, Benson and Myers families in Saunders County.)

The John Kiler, Jr. Family with Related Lutz, Severance, and Smith Families in Southern Nebraska: Genealogy, History, Pictures, researched and compiled by Phyllis M. Bunnelle. (German-American families in Red Willow and Gage counties.)

The Scheinost Family and the Zoubek Family: With Related Busek and Kotab Families, Genealogy, History, Pictures, researched and compiled by Phyllis M. Bunnelle, assisted by Philip R. Bunnelle. (Czech-American families in Red Willow, Gage, Brown, Knox, and Saunders counties.)

Genealogical Memoranda: Stouffer 1579-1943, by Kate S. Sniveley (compiled and arranged in 1903) and the Descendants of Jacob Stouffer, 1773-1843 (revised in 1943) by C. S. Stouffer. (Stouffer and Kentner families in Douglas County.)

Franklin County, Nebraska Homesteaders, compiled and edited by Patti R. Simpson and Carol W. Britton, 2000.

Index of Obituaries, June 15, 1977, thru December 31, 1979, and January 1980 thru December 1982 Grand Island Daily Independent Newspaper, Grand Island, Nebraska [assembled by members of the Prairie Pioneer Genealogy Society], 2001.

The Brock News and The Brock Champion . . . An Abstract From Issues on Microfilm 1891 Through 1897 and an Index . . . [compiled by] Marlene Stillahn, 1998.

Salem NE, Memories and More [by the Salem Booklet Committee], 1998.

Kennard, Nebraska, History: 100 Centennial Year, 1891-1991, by the [Kennard Centennial] Committee, 1991.

By Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator

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

Of Earth and Elders: Visions and Voices from Native America, edited by Serle Chapman. Missoula, Mont.: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1999. ISBN 0952850740.

The Old Country School : The Story of Rural Education in the Middle West, by Wayne E. Fuller. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

Old Cowboy Saddles and Spurs: Identifying the Craftsmen Who Made Them, by Dan and Lebie Hutchins. 4th ed., Gannon Distributing Company, 1995. ISBN 0883076950.

Old West: Day by Day, by Mike Flanagan.Updated and enlarged ed. of Days of the West (1987). Facts on File, 1995. ISBN 0816026890.

On Shaky Ground: The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812, by Norma Hayes Bagnall. University of Missouri Press, 1996. ISBN 0826210546.

Order and Image in the American Small Town, edited by Michael W. Fazio and Peggy W. Prenshaw. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 1981.

Oregon Trail in American History, by Rebecca Stefoff. Enslow, 1997. ISBN 0894907719.

Orphan-Train Rider: One Boy's True Story, by Andrea Warren. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996. ISBN 0395698227.

People of the West, by Dayton Duncan. Little, Brown, 1996. ISBN 0316196339.

Proceedings of the First Historical Archaeology Conference of the Upper Midwest. Institute for Minnesota Archaeology, date unknown.

Quanah Parker, Comanche Chief, by William T. Hagan. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993.

Read This Only to Yourself: The Private Writings of Midwestern Women, 1880-1910, by Elizabeth Hampsten. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982.

Reading and Writing the Lakota Language, by Lakota Iyapi Un Wowapi and Nahan Yawapi. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1998. ISBN 0874805724.

Recovery of Meaning: Historical Archaeology in the Eastern United States, edited by Mark P. Leone. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994. ISBN 1560984600.

Reopening the American West, by Hal K. Rothman. University of Arizona Press, 1998. ISBN 0816516006.

The Ride to Wounded Knee, directed and written by Robert Clapsadle (Video, 90 minutes). Arcata, Calif.: Shenendoah Film Productions, date unknown.

Reuben Snake: Your Humble Serpent, by Reuben Snake as told to and edited by Dr. Jay C. Fikes. Clear Light Publishers, 1995.

Rooted in Dust: Surviving Drought and Depression in Southwestern Kansas, by Pamela Riney-Kehrberg. University Press of Kansas, 1994. ISBN 0700606165.

Rough Road to Glory: The Norwegian-American Press Speaks Out on Public Affairs, 1875-1925, by Arlow W. Anderson. Philadelphia: Balch Institute Press, 1990.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market, by Susan Strasser. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995. ISBN 1560986549.

Seeking Western Waters: The Lewis and Clark Trail From the Rockies to the Pacific, by Emory and Ruth Strong. Portland: Oregon Historical Society, 1995. ISBN 0875952453.

Self-Help in the 1890s Depression, by H. Roger Grant. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1982.

Silver in the Fur Trade, 1680-1820, by Martha W. Hamilton. Chelmsford, Mass.: Martha W. Hamilton, 1997. ISBN 0964608707.

Slavery and the American West: The Eclipse of Manifest Destiny and the Coming of the Civil War, by Michael A. Morrison. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999. ISBN 0807847968.

Social Movements in the Courtroom: The Wounded Knee Trials, 1973-1975. (Volumes 1 and 2), by John William Sayer (Ph.D. 1991 University of Minnesota). University Microfilms International.

Song to the Creator: Traditional Arts of Native American Women of the Plateau, by Lillian A. Ackerman. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996. ISBN 0806128763.

Songs of the Wild West, commentary by Alan Axelrod. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991. ISBN 0870996118.

The Stars We Know: Crow Indian Astronomy and Lifeways, by Timothy P. McCleary. Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland Press, Inc., 1997. ISBN 0881339245.

The Strategic Air Command: Evolution and Consolidation of Nuclear Forces, 1945-1955, by William S. Borgiasz. Westport: Praeger, 1996. ISBN 0275948617.

Tales of Teams . . . Heartwarming Memories of Hardworking Horses and Mules, edited by Rick Van Etten. Reiman Publications, 1995. ISBN 0898211506.

Thirty Years Ago 1849-1879 Gold Rush Memories of a Daguerreotype Artist, by George D. Dornin. Nevada City, Calif.: Carl Mautz Publishing, 1995. ISBN 1887694003.

This Train is Bound for Glory: The Story of America's Chapel Cars, by Wilma Rugh Taylor and Norman Thomas Taylor. Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson Press, 1999. ISBN 0817012842.

Tomahawks: Pipe Axes of the American Frontier, by John Baldwin. West Olive, Mich.: Early American Artistry, 1995. ISBN 0965114600 .

Travels in America, From the Voyages of Discovery to the Present, An Annotated Bibliography of Travel Articles in Periodicals, 1955-1980, by Garold L. Cole. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.

Tribal Dispossession and the Ottawa Indian University Fraud, by William E. Unrau and H. Craig Miner. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.

Tribal Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions, by Robert Allen Warrior. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 1995. ISBN 0816623783.

Tribalism in Crisis: Federal Indian Policy, 1953-1961, by Larry W. Burt. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1982.

Tribes of the Southern Plains, by editors of Time-Life Books. Time-Life Books, 1995. ISBN 0809495953.

The Twentieth-Century West, edited by Gerald D. Nash and Richard W. Etulain. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989.

The United States and Mexico at War: Nineteenth-Century Expansionism and Conflict, by Donald S. Frazier. Macmillan, 1998. ISBN 0028646061.

United States Infantry: An Illustrated History, 1775-1918, by Gregory J. W. Urwin. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., 1991.

Vertebrate Taphonomy, by R. Lee Lyman (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology). Cambridge University Press, 1994. ISBN 0521452155.

WASPS: Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, by Vera S. Williams. Motorbooks International, 1994. ISBN 0879388560.

Western Gunslingers in Fact and on Film: Hollywood's Famous Lawmen and Outlaws, by Buck Rainey. McFarland and Co., Inc., 1998. ISBN 0786403969.

White Wolf Woman: Native American Transformation Myths, by Teresa Pijoan. August House Publishers, Inc., 1992. ISBN 0874832004.

Who Wore What? Women's Wear, 1861-1865, by Juanita Leisch. Gettysburg, Pa.: Thomas Publications, 1995. ISBN 0939631814.

Willa Cather and European Cultural Influences, by Helen May Dennis. Edwin Mellen Press, 1996. ISBN 0773488588.

Willa Cather in Context: Progress, Race, Empire, by Guy Reynolds. St. Martins Press, 1996. ISBN 0312160704.

Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations. The Award Winning Documentary of the Bigfoot Memorial Ride Celebrating the Resurgence of Lakota, Sioux Culture and Spirituality. (Video, 57 minutes). Arcata, Calif.: Shenendoah Film Productions, date unknown.

Women in Archaeology. Edited by Cheryl Claassen. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994. ISBN 0812232771.

Women Remember the War, 1941-1945, edited by Michael E. Stevens. (Voices of the Wisconsin Past). Madison: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1994. ISBN 0870202723.

Women's History Resources at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, by Mary Fiorenza and Michael Edmonds. 5th ed., Rev. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1997.

The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience, by J. S. Holliday. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.

Worthington Whittredge, by Anthony F. Janson. Cambridge University Press, 1989.

W. W. Loring, Florida's Forgotten General, by James W. Raab. Manhattan, Kans.: Sunflower University Press, 1996. ISBN 0897452054.


The Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) will hold its twenty-first annual convention at Manhattan, Kansas, August 12-15, 2003. Eight or more speakers will be invited to deliver papers, research, or historical presentations to the convention.

The convention theme is "Trails, Tall Grass and Trials." Emphasis will be placed on the emigrant experience in the area that became Kansas. A typical presentation will be forty minutes in length. Presenters will be invited to submit their papers to OCTA's Overland Journal for publication after the convention. For more information contact the speakers and papers chair: Glenn Larson, KANZA Chapter OCTA, P.O. Box 104, Waterville, Kansas 66548; glarson@flinthills.com. Selection of speakers and papers will be in late November 2002.


November 19: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Mouth of the Platte chapter, "The Lewis and Clark First Council Sculpture," by Jim and Kathy Morley. Meet at Caniglia's Restaurant, Seventh and Pacific Streets, Omaha. For information and reservations (required): mouthoftheplatte@aol.com or 402-331-7241.

November 21: Brown Bag Lecture, "New World Foods," by Rene Botts, NSHS curator of anthropology, Archeology Division. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

December 17: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Mouth of the Platte chapter, "Commemoration, Not Celebration," by Judi gaiashkibos. Meet as above.

December 19: Brown Bag Lecture, "Gathering and Cooking Wild Plants of the Great Plains," by Kay Young, naturalist (retired), Pioneers Park Nature Center, Lincoln. 12 noon, Museum of Nebraska History, Fifteenth and P Streets, Lincoln. Free and open to the public.

In observance of Veterans Day headquarters offices and the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha will be closed Monday, November 11. The Museum of Nebraska History and the Historic Sites operated by the NSHS will be closed November 10 and 11. Call for holiday hours at the Neihardt Site (402-648-3388) and Cather Site (402-746-2653).

In observance of Thanksgiving, headquarters offices and the Ford Center will be closed Thursday, November 28, through Sunday, December 1. The Museum of Nebraska History will be closed November 28, and the Historic Sites operated by the NSHS will be closed November 28 and 29. For holiday hours at Neihardt and Cather, call as above.

In observance of the holidays, headquarters offices, the Ford Center, the Museum of Nebraska History, and the Historic Sites operated by the NSHS will be closed Wednesday, December 25, and Wednesday, January 1, 2003. For holiday hours at Neihardt and Cather, call as above.

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