Minatare Historical Committee launches
Minatare Memories: A Historical Account of the Tabor-Minatare Community of Western Nebraska

The Minatare Historical Committee which meets every Monday at the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center at 10:00am has printed the first edition of their much anticipated and very diligently researched history book of the community of Minatare.  The committee plans to release the book to the public on Saturday, March 25th at 1:00pm at the Minatare Community Room which incidentally, used to be the Minatare Opera House at one time.  Committee members will be on hand to sign books and answer questions about their research and the process they went through to bring this important work to fruition.  The entire WNFRHC staff would like to congratulate the Minatare Historical Committee for completing their project and for their publishing success.  We look forward to working with them more in the future with any additions or updates to their book.  For additional information on the book please contact one of the committee members listed below.  Books will be sold for $25.00, tax included.

• 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


WNFRHC receives another 300 reels of NSGS microfilm!

A number of years ago the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center was selected to receive and manage the Nebraska State Genealogical Society's microfilm collection.  Previously the collection was housed at the Adams County Historical Society in Hastings, Nebraska and was managed by a charter/board member of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society.  When that member decided to retire from the ACHS a new home was needed for the NSGS microfilm collection which we offered to provide.  The microfilm collection will be held at the Center for an indefinite period of time however the Nebraska State Genealogical Society may recalled the collection at any time should they choose to do so.

A list of available films will be added to our website at some points but in the mean time you may call the center or email a staff member to have them look at the printed list to see if we have the films you may be looking for.  The films may not leave the Center unless you are a member of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society and you actually apply to rent the microfilm.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Mar 2017

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.

Brian Croft
Nebraska Statehood

We welcome back Brian Croft, English and History instructor at WNCC, who will present a program on the background of Nebraska’s statehood, from its territorial controversies and in-house politics to the Federal demand for a revision of its proposed state Constitution.

A number of 1867-era maps and pieces of ephemera will also be on display for study and continuing the discussion.



A huge thank you to Fr. Mike McDonald of the Christ the King Catholic Church in Gering for giving such a wonderful program about his travels and research in Ireland and Germany.  If you didn't make it to this program you really missed out on an opportunity to hear some fascinating stories while  viewing some of his very old family artifacts that Fr. Mike was fortunate enough to receive from some distant relatives while in Germany.  We truly appreciate him taking the time to talk to us about his travels and discoveries.


What's New:

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

• Minatare Memories: A Historical Account of the Tabor-Minatare Community
                                          of Western Nebraska
                 - c2017 - by the Minatare History Book Committee -

• Dodge Diamond Days: 75th Anniversary history of Dodge, Nebraska
                 - c1963 - by Ernest E. Kauffold - 100p


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.

• Minatare History Book Committee

• Wanda Mowry

• Vickie Schaepler

• Jack Preston

 **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**


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.


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