Our eNewsletter...One Year Later!!

This is issue marks the beginning of our second year for the newsletter.  The first twelve issues of the newsletter went pretty much as expected with only one major error and a few very minor mistakes, most of which went basically unnoticed.  We've learned a lot about the type of content our readers like to see and will concentrate our efforts on providing that information in future issues.

If there is something specific you would like us to address in the newsletter please let us know.  The more feedback we receive about this newsletter the better it is going to be and the clearer we'll understand your expectations.

Also, we would like to extend an invitation to anyone that would like to submit an article for the newsletter, the only thing we ask is that you keep it reasonable in length and focused on genealogy or local history research and/or events.  We welcome research tips, hints and techniques, stories of brick walls coming down especially if it offers a unique way of solving a research problem.


Congratulations Sandra Reddish!

Jack Preston of the Legacy of the Plains Museum announced at their annual meeting on Thursday, March 19th that they have hired Sandra Reddish as their new executive director effective April 20th.

Sandra is no stranger to our Research Center as she has visited us numerous times over the years and has utilized our collection to assist her with her research projects such her work on the Japanese American families in the valley and her project to document World War I veterans.

We are certain Sandra will hit the ground running as she quickly gets up to speed with everything going on at the Legacy of the Plains museum complex.  We are equally confident that Sandra will continue to maintain and possibly enhance the relationship our two organizations have with each other.

We welcome Sandra's move to the valley and look forward to working with her more closely in the future.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Apr 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.


History of Fort Sidney and the Old Boot Hill Cemetery

Kathy “Madam Boots” Wilson, Old Boot Hill Cemetery committee chairperson will present her program on the history of Fort Sidney and Sidney’s original cemetery now known as the Old Boot Hill Cemetery on Saturday, April 18th at 1:30pm.

Madam Boots leads a group of volunteer citizens that formed a committee in 2006 who are dedicated to the restoration, recognition and preservation of Sidney’s original cemetery and the role Sidney played in the settlement of the Western Frontier since 1867.

Kathy’s PowerPoint assisted program will briefly cover some of the early Fort Sidney history, the original cemetery, Camp Lookout and other things that the committee has done, and of course the hauntings and apparitions as seen in many of the photographs taken at the cemetery.




Thank you to Glenda Larsen for presenting her program on the history and styles of fur coats and fur accessories from the 1920’s to the 1960’s,  Glenda brought in several dozen fur items such as coats, hats and hand muffs to display and discuss.  Glenda also brought in a displayed numerous period posters used to advertise and promote fur coats.  Although no forum attendees brought in any of their own fur coats to identify and discuss, Glenda has extended her invitation to anyone that would like to know more about their items by contacting her directly.  Glenda's extensive knowledge and understanding of fur coats and related accessories is unsurpassed in this region.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about any fur items you may own.


What's New:

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

• A Terrible Glory : Custer and the Little Bighorn, the last great battle of the American west
                         - c2008 - by James Donovan - 528p

• When Your Ox is in the Ditch : Genealogical How-to Letters
                          - c1992 - by Vera McDowell - 162p

• The Sacred Pipe : Black Elk's account of the seen rites of the Oglala Sioux
                          - c1953 - by Joseph Epes Brown - 143p

• Telephone : The first hundred years
                          - c1975 - by John Brooks - 369p

• 1949 Jolly Roger : Gurley School Annual
                          - c1949 - Marilyn Nelson (editor) - 52p

• 1936 Wildcat : Banner County School
                          - c1936 - Audrey Gene Cannell [editor] - 62p

• 1966 Wildcat : Banner County School
                          - c1966 - Lynda Ruhl & Milton Larson [editors] - 100p

• 1972 Wildcat : Banner County School
                          - c1972 - Tamara Madden & Debbie Thienhardt [editor] - 104p

• 1977 Wildcat : Banner County School
                          - c1977 -  [editor unknown] - 104p

• 1978 Wildcat : Banner County School
                          - c1978 - Tammy Strong & Tom Smith [editors] - 104p

• 1979 Wildcat : Banner County School
                          - c1979 - Lori Van Pelt [editor] - 104p


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.

• Jerry Kaes

• LD "Wally" Wallace

• Patricia "Pat" Cole

• Mattie Robinson

• Shirley Weihing

• Banner County Historical Society & Museum


 **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**


Quick Reminder...

The Minatare History Book committee is always looking for interested individuals to help with research, writing articles, identifying and locating photos, compiling data and general overall help with the project.

The 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 publication.

Please contact Francie Parker-Warren at 308-631-8426 or e-mail minatare1887@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with this important project.


A Little Teaser  :o)

We just purchased some very specialized equipment to help us with a new project that we will be announcing in the next newsletter.  Discussions and details about this project have been in the works for several years now and finally it is coming to fruition, we are very excited indeed!