WNFRHC receives Library Improvement Grant

A small but very important library improvement grant offered by the Western Library System has been awarded to the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center.  The Center applied for the grant in September and was awarded the maximum grant award amount of $500.00 in October.  The stated purpose of the grant was to enable a library to purchase items to improve programming or make improvements not otherwise budgeted for.  We are thrilled to receive these funds and have applied them towards the purchase of shelving for our new archives which is currently under construction and will be detailed in another issue of this newsletter.  Our sincerest gratitude to the grant committee and the Western Library System board of directors for making this grant opportunity possible.

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WNFRHC receives "new" color copier

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center has recently received a "new" (new to us anyway) color copier from the Scottsbluff YMCA.  The copier is capable of producing color copies on paper ranging in size from letter all the way up to ledger size sheets.  The best part is the copier can and will be added to our in-house network so any computer in the building can print to it.  The machine can also be setup to scan directly to a file instead of printing and the files can be e-mailed directly from the copier as well.  The copier also has attached to it a booklet maker with a saddle stitcher which we have no idea how to use.  Now this technology has been around for a while but we've never had those capabilities here before so we are quite excited about receiving this machine.  Our sincerest gratitude goes out to the Scottsbluff YMCA management and board for their generosity and for allowing us to receive this equipment.

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What's New:

The following items have been added to our collection and are located in the Carole Tucker Reading Room:

• Fullerton, Lover's Leap, Chautauqua, Main Street and other Memories :
            a pictorial history of Fullerton, Nebraska

                 - c1993 - by Pat Bosak - 128p

• Greenfield, Illinois Sesquicentennial, 1834-1984 : Standing Proud
                 - c1984 - by J. Ann Goodman - 340p

• History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois
                 - c1885 - by The Continental Historical Company : A Unigraphic, Inc., reprint - 1222p

• Looking Back . . . Ninety One Years
                 - c1982 - by Cora Davis Woodside - 27p

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Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publicly acknowledge the recent research material donations and/or financial contributions by the following individuals and/or organizations.  Their contributions and support is paramount to our success and we truly appreciate their generosity.

• Everett & Eunice Spackman

• Robert Zemanek

• Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, Illinois

 **The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center was incorporated in the state of Nebraska in 2003 as a not-for-profit, public genealogy and local history research library.  Funding provided primarily through donations**

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WebLinks:

WebLinks is a way for us to share links to websites which contain FREE historical and/or genealogical research material and information.

• ArchiveGrid
                ArchiveGrid includes over four million records describing archival materials, bringing
                together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories,
                and more.  With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps
                researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums
                and historical societies.

• Seward County, Nebraska Newspaper Project
               Seward Memorial Library newspaper digitization project (8,900+ newspaper pages)

** If you run across a website that you would like to share with everyone please contact us and we'll include in the next edition of A Matter Of Fact **

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R E M I N D E R !

Minatare History Book Committee (MHBC)

The MHBC meets every Monday at the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center at 10:00am.
The have set a goal to publish their book on the history of the town of Minatare on March 1, 2017.  Any and all assistance is welcome and appreciated.  Please contact one of the members below if you have stories, information or are willing to help with this endeavor.

• Jolene (Webber) Kaufman - (308) 436-9715

• Juanita Baker - racoon@scottsbluff.net

• Betty (Kelso) Kenyon - betty.kenyon1@gmail.com

• Sharon (Curtis) Johns - shrn_johns@yahoo.com

• Wanda (Steffensmeir) Mowery - jwmowry@vistabeam.com

• Alice (Jessup) Reuter - areuter@embarqmail.com

• Linda Judd - (254) 239-7050

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R E M I N D E R !

Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society (RWGS)

The RWGS meets the second Wednesday of each month usually at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library.  Newsletter items can be e-mail directly to newsletter editor and society secretary, Jeanie Knudtson at jeaniekingknud@yahoo.com.