Family and friends of the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center joined together on Saturday, March 1, 2014 to help celebrate our first decennial or tenth anniversary amidst potentially uncooperative weather. Like ten years ago, a snow storm visited the area and threatened to dampen the spirits and mood of the celebration, but everyone joined in to make the event a great and memorable occasion.
When the Center opened 10 years ago we had a collection that consisted of 127 books, half a dozen magazines, 3 Windows XP patron computers and one microfilm reader but no films. Today our collection consists of nearly 3000 books, over 4500 genealogical periodicals and magazines, 3 computer work stations, 2 microfilm readers, 2 microfilm reader/printers and 50 rolls of microfilm. We are now an Affiliate Library of the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City and we are one of nine official interviewing partners of the Veterans History Project which is a project of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center in Washington D.C. Our collection also contains original source documents that were rescued from destruction and/or purchased and removed from private collectors and made available to the public for research. We have built and continue to maintain databases of specific information for the panhandle, such as our panhandle wide burial index, obituary index and memorial card collection and index. We have vertical files for towns, counties, schools, businesses, organizations, etc. We also create family files for any research we do and encourage our patrons to add their family’s history to the files as well. Our school yearbook collection, which is the largest in western Nebraska, contains annuals from Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming, primarily.
Below are some pictures taken at our open house event: