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WNFRHC receives West Nebraska General Hospital School of Nursing graduating class pictures and display

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing formerly the West Nebraska General Hospital School of Nursing recently moved their offices and training center to a new location out by the airport and while downsizing they suddenly found themselves without enough room to house their school graduates class picture display.  We were approached about receiving the collection and of course we eagerly accepted.  Below are some photos of the display which will be available for perusal in its current state until January 1st at which time the display will be dismantled and the photos will be bound into book form for easier handling and eventual storage.  The collection contains graduating students photos for the years 1952 thru 1988 minus 1963 which is missing from the set.  We have been told that earlier photos from the 30's & 40's will be brought to us as soon as they have been unpacked from items that had been in storage.

We would like to thank Bobbi Hartshorn for selecting our institution to receive this important and rare collection and we look forward to receiving the remaining pictures.

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The Bill of Rights and You

On December 15, 2016, the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center will host a new exhibition from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution. This exhibit runs through March 1, 2017.

The Bill of Rights and You co-curator Jennifer Johnson states:

"The Bill of Rights represents the Founder's vision that it would be the people, through votes, that could change the Constitution with enough consensus. And when the people desired a Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments were added to our governing charter."

The Bill of Rights and You
is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with Humanities Nebraska and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

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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:

• Omaha: the Gate city, and Douglas County, Nebraska : a record of settlement, organization,
           progress and achievement - Vol #1
                 - c1917 - by Arthur C. Wakeley - 472p

• Omaha: the Gate city, and Douglas County, Nebraska : a record of settlement, organization,
           progress and achievement - Vol #2
                 - c1917 - by Arthur C. Wakeley - 997p

• Lincoln: the Capital City, and Lancaster County, Nebraska : Vol #1
                 - c1916 - by Andrew J. Sawyer - 358p

• Lincoln: the Capital City, and Lancaster County, Nebraska : Vol #2
                 - c1916 - by Andrew J. Sawyer - 811p

• Grant County : It''s friends and neighbors : 2003 reprint and update
                 - c2003 - Grant County Historical Society - 576p

• Garfield County Roundup : Vol 2
                 - c1984 - by the Garfield County Historical Society - 320p

• Entering Howard County : A history of the people and the land of Howard Co., Nebraska
                 - c2000 - by Marion Bahensky and Ron W. Sack - 544p

• Nebraska, our towns -- The Panhandle
                 - c1988 - by Jane Graff (project coordinator) - 132p

• You, Too, can find anybody : A reference manual
                 - c1996 - by Joseph J. Culligan - 368p

• The Capitol : a pictorial history of the Capitol and of the Congress
                 - c1981 - by Gerald R Gereau (editor) - 192p

• Air Force Association 50th Anniversary Directory of Members : 1946-1996
                 - c1996 - by the Air Force Association - 1906p

• 1963 El Bahr : Scottsbluff Junior College annual
                 - c1963 - Carole Whelen (editor)  - 80p

• 1964 El Bahr : Scottsbluff Junior College annual
                 - c1964 - Ted Lopez (editor) - 84p

• 1967 El Bahr : Scottsbluff Junior College annual
                 - c1967 - Lola Friday (editor) - 80p

• 1955 Flash : Florida Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing
                  - c1955 - June Phillips (editor) - 84p

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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.

• Becky Hayne

• Gloria Thompson

• Nile & Roma Gene Greathouse estate via Vickie Greathouse

 **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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Annual Appeal for Support

Tis' the season for gift giving and like most not-for-profit organizations we cannot function without the generosity of our staff and our patrons, so once again we are requesting that you keep us in mind as you develop your gift list this holiday season.  Our greatest expense is mortgage and utility payments so we are constantly in "fundraising mode" for those items, however we do have a number of special projects that need funding as well.  The January newsletter will outline some of our goals for the new year while soliciting ideas for new projects.

Financial gifts may be made in person, by mail to the address listed at the bottom of the newsletter or by clicking on the contribute button which can be found in the sidebar on every page of our website.

Additional contribution information can be found on our website at http://wnfrhc.org/help-us/

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R E M I N D E R !

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center will be closed beginning Friday, Dec. 23rd through Sunday, Jan 1st and will reopen to the public on Monday, January 2nd at 9:00am.

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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.

• Juanita Baker - racoon@scottsbluff.net

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

• 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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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.