Revised eNewsletter #12

After I had already sent the eNewsletter this morning I was able to talk to Glenda about her program on Saturday.  Glenda identified several areas in the article that were inaccurate so we sat down together and completely rewrote the entire thing.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused........Floyd 


Minatare History Book

The Minatare History Book committee is looking for volunteers to help with research and article writing for their book which has a tentative publishing date of June 1, 2017.

The history book committee meets every Monday at the Minatare Public Library from 10:00am to 12:00pm to work on the book and to assemble material for the book.

Please contact Francie Parker-Warren at 308-631-8426 or e-mail if you are interested in helping with this important project.


Nebraska State Genealogical Society Conference

The Nebraska State Genealogical Society’s annual conference and membership meeting will be held on April 24th and 25th in Grand Island at the Midtown Holiday Inn.  George G. Morgan is the featured speaker with other presenters and vendors will be on hand as well.  To register please visit their website at


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Mar 2015

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center conducts a monthly Genealogy Roundtable Forum on the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 pm. Topics vary in subject matter and length of presentation but are always followed up by a question & answer period. The programs are free and open to the public.



Glenda Larsen will present her program on the history and styles of fur coats and fur accessories from the 1920’s to the 1960’s and will display a small portion of her collection of more than 100 fur coats.  Not only has Glenda worked to amass a large collection of fur coats over the years, she has been researching styles, designs, make up or construction, and fur coat material including faux fur coats.  Glenda’s research material includes old catalogues, period posters, price lists and historical books on the fur trade in addition to other media she used to identify the coats she has previously owned or currently has in her collection.  Glenda has offered to help identify animal species used in the manufacture any fur coats you may have in your possession, just bring your coat(s) with you to the Forum.  Her extensive knowledge and understanding of fur coats and related accessories is unsurpassed in this region.

Glenda’s  personal fur collection is not for sale however some of the fur coats that she is aware of that are for sale are located at Julie’s Antiques in Gering with all proceeds going to benefit local law enforcement canine units or the local humane society.  Glenda will also accept donated fur coats for inclusion with those that are for sale at Julie’s Antiques with the donor specifying the beneficiary of the sales proceeds.

The goal of this presentation is not to enter into the politics of owning a fur coat nor the methods used to harvest the fur, but rather to highlight the history of the fur industry and the continuously evolving fur coat market.  Glenda does not invite nor welcome a debate but is more than happy to discuss her collection, the condition of her collection and the time periods where most interest was generated in fur coats and fur accessories.


Outhouses I have known....
       and some I would like to meet!

We would like thank and extend our most sincere appreciation to Mike & Linda Minzey for braving the weather in their mid to late 1800's clothing to present their program on Outhouses for our February Genealogy Roundtable Forum.  Speaking in a cowboy-style prose with poetry, Mike relayed their personal experiences with growing up using "outdoor plumbing" while discussing the different types of outhouses including those such as the Rocky Mountain outhouse used by miners and railroaders in the late 1800's.


What's New:

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

• Oregon Burial Site Guide
                         - c2001 - by Ruth C. Bishop, Dean H. Byrd, Stanley R. Clark & Janice Healy - 1180p

• 1970 Thunderbird : Wahoo School Annual
                          - c1970 - Dianne Barry (editor) - 106p

• 1963 Colt : Goshen County Community College
                          - c1963 -  Kari Holst, Lynne Hunter, Melvin Kjormoe [editors] - 64p

• 1964 Colt : Goshen County Community College
                          - c1964 - Delores Hardin & Melvin Kjormoe [editors] - 64p

• 1965 Colt : Goshen County Community College
                          - c1965 - Jan Hesselgesser [editor] - 72p

• 1966 Colt : Goshen County Community College
                          - c1966 - Rita Ewing [editor] - 88p



Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publically 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.

• Carole Tucker family & estate

• Kent Greene Memorial

• Judi Widmaier


 **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**