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hence a large part of the program was in the form of entertainment by the young people of high school age. There were Highland Scotch with bagpipes, Polish national dances in costume with Polish music, plenty of Irish reminders and old time quadrille dancing by the real old timers. President J. J.. Breen and Secretary Emma Talbot produced a wonderful printed program with gems of poetry from the best English poets on every page. There were present many of the first South Omahans who saw the city rise from a corn field. The annual reunions of this society are, in fact, great Americanization mixers--and not a word is said about Americanization. All the people are there and have a part.

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Shelf of Nebraska Historical Society Publications 1885-1920


   Interest in Nebraska History and demand for information in that field grows continually. From 50 to 100 specific inquiries per week come to the State Historical Society. These range all the way from data on prehistoric man in Nebraska to origin of local place names.
   The publications under auspices of the Nebraska State Historical Society now include nineteen bound volumes, five pamphlets, and three years' issues of its historical magazine in "Nebraska History and Record of Pioneer Days."
   The publications began in 1885. The first series includes five volumes, closing with the volume published in 1893. The second series began in 1894 with a change in title and number-



ing of the volumes. In 1911 the distinction between the first and second series was abolished, and the volumes are now numbered consecutively from the first one issued in 1885. The list of publications with table of contents follows:
   Transactions and Reports of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Vol. I, 1885. 8 vo. clo., 233 pp., $1.25; paper in 4 pts., $0.75. Editor, Robert W. Furnas.
   Proceedings of the Society from January, 1879, to January, 1883; list of histories of counties; Historical Recollections in and about Otoe County; Historical Letters from Father De Smet; First White Child Born in Nebraska; origin of the name of Omaha; Some Historical Data about Washington County; relics in possession of the Society; First Female Suffragist Movement in Nebraska; Autobiography of Rev. William Hamilton; Indian names and their meaning; History of the Omaha Indians; Anecdotes of White Cow; fifty-seven pages of biography; Death of Governor Francis Burt; Annual Address of President Robt. W. Furnas, 1880: The Philosophy of Emigration; Admission of Nebraska into the Union; Gold at Pike's Peak--Rush for; The Discovery of Nebraska; The Place of History in Modern Education; The Organic Act of the Society; constitution., by-laws and roster of the Society.
   Vol. II, 1887. 8 vo. clo., 380. pp., $1.25; paper in 4 pts., $0.75. Editor, George E. Howard.
   The Relation of History to the Study and Practice of Law; Sketches from Territorial History--In the Beginning, Wildcat Banks, Sectional Politics, Politics Proper, Pioneer Journalism; The Capital Question in Nebraska; How the Kansas-Nebraska Line was Established; Slavery in Nebraska; John Brown in Richardson County; A Visit to Nebraska in 1862; Forty Years among the Indians and on the Eastern Borders of Nebraska; Notes on the Early Military History of Nebraska; History of the Powder River Expedition of 1865; histories of Cass, Dodge, Washington and Sarpy counties; Sketch of the First Congregational Church in Fremont, Nebraska; Early Fremont; Historical and Political Science Association of the University of Nebraska; The Discovery of Gold in Colorado; On the Establishment of an Arboreal Bureau; twenty-seven pages of biographies; annual meetings of the Society 1885, 1886.
   Vol. III, 1892. 8 vo. clo., 342 pp., very rare, $3.60. Editor, Howard Caldwell.
   American State Legislatures; Political Science in American State Universities; History and Art; Salem Witchcraft; History of Education in Omaha; The Christening of the Platte; Development of the Free Soil Idea in the United States; The Beginning of Lincoln and Lancaster County; Early Times and Pioneers; The Fort Pierre Expedition; The Military Camp on the Big Sioux River in 1855; Reminiscences of a Teacher among the Nebraska Indians, 1843-55; The Sioux Indian War of 1890-91; Early - Settlers En Route; An Introduction to the History of Higher Education in Nebraska and a Brief account of the University of Nebraska; Associational Sermon; Congregational College History in Nebraska; Thirty-three Years Ago; The Pawnee Indian War, 1859; Early Days in Nebraska; Reminiscences of Early Days in Nebraska; miscellaneous correspondence; official Proceedings of the Society, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890.
   Vol. IV, 1892. 8 vo. clo., 336 pp., $3.00. Editor, Howard W. Caldwell.
   From Nebraska City to Salt Creek in 1855; Old Fort Atkinson; The Indian Troubles and the Battle of Wounded Knee; biographies; Reminiscences of Early Days in Nebraska; history of the Fontenelle family of St. Louis; Old Fort Calhoun; Arbor Day; What Causes Indian Mounds; The First Postmaster of Omaha; Supreme Judges of Nebraska; Public Library; Judge Lynch's Court in Nebraska; Stormy Times in Nebraska; County Names; Lieut. Samuel A. Cherry; Origin of the Name Omaha; Omaha's Early Days; Early Days in Nebraska; Personal



Sketch of Rev. Moses Merrill; Extracts from the Diary of Rev. Moses Merrill, Missionary to the Otoe Indians from 1832 to 1840; Some Incidents in Our Early School Days in Illinois; Papers Read on the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Lancaster County Courthouse; Hardy Pioneers of Dixon County; Nebraska's First Newspaper; biographies, pp. 215-271; History of Butler County; Tribute to the Mothers and Wives of the Pioneers; annual meeting of the Society 1891; constitution and by- laws, of the Society.
   Vol. V, 1893. 8 vo. clo., 295 pp., very rare, $5.00. Editor, Howard W. Caldwell.
   Records and Their Conservation; The Lincoln Public Library; The Arikara Conquest of 1823; Some Frenchmen of Early Days on the Missouri River; Reminiscences of Early Days in Nebraska; Admission of Nebraska as a State; Nebraska Silver Anniversary; Early Life in Nebraska; The Political and Constitutional Development of Nebraska; Brief History of the Settlement of Kearney County and Southwestern Nebraska; annual meeting 1892; treasurer's reports for the years ending January 13, 1891, and January 11, 1893; List of Members.
   Proceedings and Collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society.
   Second series, vol. 1, 1894-95. 8 vo. clo., 264 pp.-, $1.25. Editor, Howard W. Caldwell.
   Part of the Making of a State; The Life of Governor Burt; Reminiscences of Early Days; Freighting in 1866; Early Nebraska Currency and Per Capita Circulation; Municipal Government in Nebraska; The Soldier Free Homestead Colony: The Effect of Early Legislation upon the Courts of Nebraska; notes on the Society; Wanagi Olowan Kin; Reminiscences of the Third Judicial District; Freighting Across the Plains in 1856; necrology and notes on the Society; Some Financial Fallacies among the Pioneers of Nebraska; Proceedings of the Society 1893-1895; list of members; officers of the Society 1878 to 1896; constitution and by-laws; appropriations 1883-1895; list of donations.
   Second series, vol. II, 1898. 8 vo. clo., 307 pp., $1.25. Editor, Howard W. Caldwell.
   The Poncas; A Brief Sketch of the Life of Captain P. S. Real; Bellvue, Its Past and Present; Edward Morin; Travelers in Nebraska in 1866; The Cost of Local Government--Then and Now; Underground Railroad in Nebraska; Biographical Sketch of Major W. W. Dennison; President's Communication 1897; The First Territorial Legislature of Nebraska; sundry reminiscences, pp. 88-161; Nebraska Women in 1855; The True Story of the Death of Sitting Bull; annual meetings, 1896, 1897; Papers and Proceedings of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences.
   Second series, vol. III, 1899--The Provisional Government of Nebraska Territory and The Journals of William Walker Provisional Governor of Nebraska Territory, 8 vo. clo., 423 pp., $3.00. Editor, William E. Connelley.
   The Wyandots; The Walker Family; The Provisional Government of Nebraska Territory; Documents Relating to the Provisional Government of Nebraska Territory; A Brief Sketch of Abelard Guthrie; The Journal of William Walker, First Book; The Journals of William Walker, Second Book.
   Second series, vol. IV, 1902--Forty Years of Nebraska at Home and in Congress, 8 vo. clo., 570 pp., $2.00. By Thomas W. Tipton, (former U. S. Senator from Nebraska). Editor, Howard W. Caldwell.
   Territorial Governors; Territorial Delegates; The State Governors; Nebraska in the United States Senate; Members of U. S. House of Representatives.
   Second series, vol. V. 1902. 8 vo. clo., 381 pp., $1.56. Editor Howard W. Caldwell.
   Territorial Journalism; Newspapers and Newspaper Men of the Territorial Period; Pioneer Journalism; Communication of Hadley D. Johnson; Joseph L. Sharp; A. J. Hanscom; Reminiscences of Territorial



Days; My First Trip to Omaha; Judge Elmer S. Dundy; The Nebraska Constitution; History of the Incarceration of the Lincoln City Council; A Nebraska Episode of the Wyoming Cattle War; Recollections of Omaha; Death of Logan Fontenelle; Reminiscences of the Crusade in Nebraska; Along the Overland Trail in Nebraska in 1852; Thomas Weston Tipton; Algernon Sidney Paddock; The Farmers Alliance in Nebraska; Reminiscences; History of the First State Capitol; Early History of Jefferson County Overland Route; The Indian Massacre of 1866; Bullwhacking Days; The Pawnee War of 1859; Early Days in the Indian Country; Freighting to Denver; Freighting and Staging in Early Days; Freighting in the '60's; The Plains War in 1865; Overland Freighting from Nebraska City; From Meridian to Fort Kearny; Freighting Reminiscences; Mary Elizabeth Furnas; Freighting--Denver and Black Hills; Early Freighting and Claims Club Days in Nebraska; The Building of the First Capitol and Insane Hospital at Lincoln--Removal of Archives; Underground Railroad in Nebraska; minutes annual meetings, 1898-1900; minutes executive board meetings; list of members.
   Nebraska Constitutional Conventions. Three volumes.
   This series of publications was planned as a four-volume series. The first two volumes were issued under the editorship of Addison E. Sheldon. The plan of publication was then changed and the third volume was issued under the editorship of Albert Watkins. The fourth volume as planned was combined with the third volume. Therefore there is a gap in the numbering of the volumes of the second series, volume IX not being issued.
   Second series, vol. VI, 1906. 8 vo. clo., 582 pp., $1.50. Editor, Addison E. Sheldon. Official Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Nebraska Constitutional Convention, 1871.
   Second series, vol VII, 1907. 8 vo. clo., 622 pp., $1.50. Editor, Addison E. Sheldon. Official Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Nebraska Constitutional Convention, 1871.
   Second series, vol VIII, 1913. 8 vo. clo., 676 pp., S1.50. Editor, Albert Watkins. Official Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Nebraska Constitutional Convention, 1871, concluded; Address--to voters on the submission of the constitution of 1871; The Constitution of the State of Nebraska--1871; Incipient Convention of 1860; Enabling Act of 1864; The Convention of 1864; Constitution of 1866; Convention of 1871--history of; The Constitutional Convention of 1875--minutes of; note; the vote, by counties, on the adoption of the constitution and on the separate article relating to the seat of the government.
   Second series, vol. X, 1907. 8 vo. clo., 422 pp., $1.50. Editor, C. S. Paine.
   The Mormon Settlements in the Missouri Valley; The Great Railroad Migration into Northern Nebraska; Nebraska Politics and Nebraska Railroads; Territorial Pioneer Days; Campaigning Against Crazy Horse; Personal Recollections of Early Days in Decatur, Nebraska; History of the Lincoln Salt Basin; Early Days at the Salt Basin; Judicial Grafts; My Very First Visit to the Pawnee Village in 1855; Early Days on the Little Blue; Early Annals of Nebraska City; biographies; Railroad Taxation in Nebraska; The Work of the Union Pacific in Nebraska; Early Dreams of Coal in Nebraska; Unveiling of the Thayer Monument, Wyuka Cemetery; Proceedings of the Nebraska State Historical Society--annual meetings of 1901 to 1907, inclusive; museum catalogue; newspapers received by the Society, January 1, 1908; legislative acts affecting the Society; constitution and by-laws; publications of the Society.
   Collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society.
   Vol. XVI, 1911. 8 vo. clo., 296 pp., $2.00. Editor, Albert Watkins.
   Dedication of the Astorian Monument at Bellevue; Early Days in and About Bellevue; Kansas-Nebraska Boundary Line; Nebraska and Minnesota Territorial Boundary; Territorial Evolution of Nebraska; Reminiscences of the Indian Fight at Ash Hollow, 1855; The Battle Ground



of Ash Hollow; The Last Battle of the Pawnee with the Sioux; The Indian Ghost Dance; Some Side Lights on the Character of Sitting Bull; The Early Settlements of the Platte Valley; The First Catholic Bishop in Nebraska; Birth of Lincoln, Nebraska; English Settlement in Palmyra; History of Fort Kearny; Missionary Life Among the Pawnee.
   Vol. XVII, 1913. 8 vo. clo., 382 pp., $2.00. Editor, Albert Watkins.
   The Work of the Historical Society; Historical Sketch of Southwestern Nebraska; Nebraska, Mother of States; Nebraska Territorial Acquisition; Addresses by James Mooney--Life Among the Indian Tribes of the Plains--The Indian Woman; Systematic Nebraska Ethnologic Investigation; A Tragedy of the Oregon Trail; The Oregon Recruit Expedition; Influence of Overland Travel on the Early Settlement of Nebraska; Incidents of the Early Settlement of Nuckolls County; First Steamboat Trial Trip up the Missouri; Origin of Olatha, Nebraska; The Semi-Precious Stones of Webster, Nuckolls and Franklin Counties, Nebraska; Historical Sketch of Cheyenne County, Nebraska; Organization of the Counties of Kearney; Franklin. Harlan and Phelps; Annual Address of John Lee Webster, President, 1913; Adventures on the Plains, 1865-67; An Indian Raid of 1867; How Shall the Indian Be Treated Historically; Importance of the Study of Local History; History; The Pathfinders, the Historic Background of Western Civilization; An Interesting Historical Document; Memorabilia--Gen. G. M. Dodge; A Study in the Ethnobotany of the Omaha Indians; Some Native Nebraska Plants With Their Uses the Dakota.
   Vol. XVIII, 1917. 8vo. clo., 449 pp., $2.00. Editor, Albert Watkins.
   In Memoriam--Clarence Sumner Paine; proceedings of the Society, 1908-1916; biography--James B. Kitckan, Jefferson H. Broady, Lorenzo Crounse; historical papers; Acknowledging God in Constitutions, Nebraska Reminiscences, The Rural Carrier of 1849, Eastern Nebraska as an Archeological Field, Trailing Texas Long-horn Cattle Through Nebraska. Special historical papers; Neapolis--Near-Capital, Controversyin the Senate Over the Admission of Nebraska, How Nebraska Was Brought Into the Union.
   Vol. XIX. 1919. 8 vo. clo., 357 pp.. $2.00. Editor, Albert Watkins.
   Incidents of the Indian Outbreak of 1864; The Beginning of Red Willow County; The True Logan Fontenelle; At Bellevue in the Thirties; Swedes in Nebraska; Clan Organization of the Winnebago; Women of Territorial Nebraska; First Settlement, of the Scotts Bluff Country; The Omaha Indians Forty Years Ago; Earliest Settlers in Richardson County; Some Indian Place Names in Nebraska; Bohemians in Nebraska; Incident in the Impeachment of Governor Butler; The Mescal Society Among the Omaha Indians; Reminiscences of William Augustus Gwyer; Nebraska in the Fifties; Contested Elections in Nebraska; Proceedings of the Society, 1917.
   Vol. XX. (In press), 8 vo. clo., --- pp., illustrated, $2.00. Editor, Albert Watkins.
   A contemporaneous, continuous history of the Nebraska Region from 1808 to 1862; an original outline of Nebraska events taken from the early newspaper files of St. Louis and other original sources. With many editorial notes. Includes such topics as Fur Trade Missionaries, Military, Indians, Oregon Trail, Mormons, Politics, Trade, Agriculture, Social and Industrial Conditions. Very much of this material is new contribution to our knowledge of the period, answering questions hitherto unsatisfied.


   Outline of Nebraska History, 1910. 8 vo. paper, 45 pp., Albert Watkins.
   A comprehensive bibliography of Nebraska history, and a "Summary of Nebraska History" condensed within 22 pages. 50 cents.
   The Exercise of the Veto Power in Nebraska, 1917. 8 vo. paper, 104 PP. Knute Emil Carlson. (Bulletin No. 12 Nebraska History and



Political Science Series) contains complete list of Governor's vetoes, a discussion and summary. 50 cents.
   Nebraska Constitutions of 1866, 1871 and 1875 and Proposed Amendments submitted to the People September 21, 1921. Arranged in parallel columns with critical notes and comparisons with Constitutions of other States, 1920. 8 vo. paper, 214 pp. Addison Erwin Sheldon: 75 cents.
   Genealogy of the Mohler-Garber Family. 8 vo. paper, 63 pp. with charts and illustrations. 1921. Published by the author, Cora Garber Dunning, under auspices of Nebraska Historical Society. Contains historical material relating to Silas Garber, Governor of Nebraska (1875-79) and Joseph Garber, Nebraska pioneer and member of Nebraska Constitutional Convention of 1875; $2.00.
   Tuberculosis Among the Nebraska Winnebago. A Social study on an Indian Reservation, 1921. 8 vo. paper, 60 pp. with charts, maps and illustrations. Margaret W. Koenig, M. D. Contains historical sketch of the tribe with valuable information hitherto unpublished on social and industrial conditions. 50 cents.
   Historical Magazine (illustrated)
   "Nebraska History and Record of Pioneer Days"--Addison E. Sheldon, Editor, (Titles of leading article only.)
   Vol. 1. 1918.
   The First war on the Nebraska Frontier; A Hero of the Nebraska Frontier; The Sources of Nebraska People; Old Fort Kearny; The Union Club in Nemaha County, 1863; The Historical Society in France; Nebraska in 1864-67; Early French in Nebraska; Holt County's First Safe; Fort Mitchell Cemetery. $1.00.
   Vol. II.
   Editor's Visit to European Battlefields; Nebraska's Dead in the World War; Base Hospital 49; Ancient Pawnee Medal Found; The Fort Atkinson Centennial Celebration; First Nebraska University Regents; Three Military Heroes of Nebraska; The Nebraska Food Administration in the World War. $1.00.
   Vol..III. 1900.
   Genesis of the Great Seal of Nebraska; Nebraska State Seal and Flag; George Bird Grinnell's Letter on Pawnees; The Founding of Fort Atkinson; The April Blizzard of 1873; Nebraska Society Daughters of American Revolution; The Winnebago Tribe; Walker's Ranch; Historic Hamilton County. $1.00.

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Four Title Pages of Nebraska. State Historical, Society, Publications.




   From a letter from Judge James A. Grimison, formerly of Schuyler, now of Lincoln, the following interesting extracts are taken:
   Volume XIX of the Historical Society Collections is to me a veritable "Old Settlers' Picnic." Prof. Hrbkova's Chapter on "Bohemians in Nebraska" seems to be a good and full account. I knew all, or nearly all, of the first Bohemian settles in Colfax county and in Butler county.
   I have known James Green, whose story opens the book, and his brother Simeon Green, for nearIy fifty years and the homestead near Edholm. Quite a bunch of interesting people settled near the Greens and the south landing of Shinn's ferry in the sixties. Among them William and Reuben Butler (no relation to Gov. David Butler), John France and Judge Miller, now of David City. Reuben Butler was a great lawyer and powerful, an all-around fighter in any court. He moved across the river to Schuyler in 1870, to Fremont in 1875, then back to Ohio. Shinn's ferry was in operation when I arrived there. It was the only crossing place for a long distance up and down the Platte River. Colfax County built a bridge a little east of it in 1871.
    The chapter by David M. Johnson on "Nebraska in the fifties" is a real "hummer,"--especially, of that first session of the territorial legislature as told by one of the performers who knew how to tell it in an amusing and interesting way. The old Douglas House, which at that time lodged about all the dignitaries of the Territory, with its big cotton wood trees in front, was still standing in all its primitive glory when I reached Nebraska.
   May I be pardoned for harboring a suspicion that the contested election case between Estabrook and Dailey for delegate in Congress occupies a space out of proportion to its importance. It certainly exhibits a ragged line of morality in its entirety; but it must be admitted that elections were not in those days very sacred performances. I personally knew a case where an affirmative vote on an $85,000 bond issue was obtained by the simple device of placing the ballot box at an open window--not well guarded, and was not greatly surprised at finding out later that the two leading merchants of the town, whom their neighbor could safely trust in a business deal, got $1000 each of those bonds--while several good, honest lawyers got from $1000 to $3000 each.
   I have long held that Experience Estabrook was really one of the most intellectual and forcible men among the territorial pioneers. He called himself a liberal thinker, but he was more than that. He was big and broad in all directions and a very convincing public speaker when warmed up to the



point of shedding his coat, which was usual. But he was an extreme radical in word and action which frightened so many timid souls that he was never very popular. Of course you know that he compiled the so-called "Revised Statutes of 1867," with which the state began business.


   From Mrs. William Dunn of Syracuse the Society has a valuable manuscript. It is a diary of her husband who was a freighter between Nebraska City and Denver in 1865. The freight he carried on this trip was chiefly pork sausage packed in cans, holding about twenty-five pounds each. This was "home made" sausage--product of Nebraska pigs. The freight train started from Nebraska City, February 18, 1865. Incidents on the trip include a long delay at the Blue River crossing in Seward county caused by high water. At Walnut Creek ranch (three miles east of present Beaver Crossing), one of the drivers got drunk and drew his gun. W. J. Thompson, the ranch keeper, took the gun away from him and he was discharged by the train boss. At the crossing of Beaver Creek, in what now York county, the wagons got stuck in the mud and had to be entirely unloaded. At Millspaugh's ranch on the head of Beaver Creek Mr. Dunn's wagon tipped over on a slippery side hill, a narrow escape for the driver. The train arrived at Fort Kearny March 5, 19 days from Nebraska City and found part of the First Nebraska and the 11th Kansas regiments there. At Plum Creek station March 14, another company of the First Nebraska was found. At Julesburg March 28, Indians were making attacks. A dead Indian was found lying in the sage brush near the road. April 12, the train arrived at Denver, 56 days from Nebraska City. On April 17 the news of President Lincoln's death was received.
   This is an abridgment of Mr. Dunn's record which deserves publication in full. It may be added that nearly all the freighters of that early period were steady, sober young men who later settled down in Nebraska and became its most substantial and prosperous citizens.

   Editor's Note: The Nebraska City-Fort Kearny cut-off to the Oregon Trail was the principal freighting route to the mountains and beyond after 1861, for the reason that it was shorter and better than the routes from any other Missouri river point. *** W. J. Thompson, located Walnut Creek Ranch in 1862. He was the father of Mrs. Addison E. Sheldon. No liquor was ever sold at Walnut Ranch. *** Isaac N. Millspaugh was one of



the "Characters" of the freighting days, tall, gaunt, inveterate whittler and story teller. He moved in the 70's from the head of Beaver Creek to a log house near Beaver Crossing where he whittled and related frontier stories until his death.


   Curator E. E. Blackman visited Fort Calhoun in November for the State Historical Society. He found the statue of the Indian on horseback, placed there at the time of the Fort Atkinson centennial celebration filling a prominent place in the village park. This statue is one of remarkable beauty, the work of one of America's great artists. It is made of sta__ on a wooden frame and is suffering from exposure to weather. The citizens of Fort Calhoun promised to take steps for its preservation. The panorama picture used in the Fort Atkinson pageant is kept in the City Hall. It shows the first steam boats coming up the Missouri with the military. It was agreed that this should be transmitted to the Historical Society for safe keeping. Historian W. H. Woods, the guardian and defender of Fort Atkinson site, reports that the row of cellars on the Lewis and Clark Council Bluff are being obliterated by cultivation of the land. Each cellar marks the site of an important building in Fort Atkinson. In these cellars are s__ many brick and presumably other relics of a century ago. There remains about nine hundred dollars from the centennial celebration fund of 1919. An association will be incorporated to receive this fund and provide for its expenditure. On the proposed uses is for the erection of a museum to preserve relics of the old fort. The most important action can be taken at the present time is that of acquiring a few acres of land on the Council Bluff for a historic park. Citizens of Fort Calhoun would find such a park, with a building to contain relics and historical accounts of the old fort, the best investment that could possibly be made for the prosperity of their village. Hundreds of tourists would visit Old Atkinson if its history were made known and its site preserved.
   Rev. Michael A. Shine of the Historical Society executive board has had his research work in western history sadly broken by several months' severe illness. The secretary found him the other day in St. Catherine's hospital at Omaha, sitting up in bed and looking fondly out the window where a long vista of the Missouri river rewarded his gaze. A fine historic setting for an historical scholar. Father Shine is loved by both Protestant and Catholic who pray for his early recovery and many years of labor in the fields which he has illuminated.


Made a State Institution February 27, 1883.

    An act of the Nebraska legislature, recommended by Govenor James W. Dawes in his inaugural and signed by him, made the State Historical Society a State institution in the following:

   Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Nebraska:

   Section 1. That the "Nebraska State Historical Society," an organization now in existence--Robt. W. Furnas, President; James M. Woolworth and Elmer S. Dundy, Vice-Presidents; Samuel Aughey, Secretary, and W. W. Wilson, Treasurer, their associates and successors-be, and the same is hereby recognized as a state institution.
   Section 2. That it shall be the duty of the President and Secretary of said institution to make annually reports to the governor, as required by other state institutions. Said report to embrace the transactions and expenditures of the organization, together with all historical addresses, which have beer, or may hereafter be read before the Society or furnished it as historical matter, data of the state or adjacent western regions of country.
   Section 3. That said reports, addresses, and papers shall be published at the expense of the state, and distributed as other similar official reports, a reasonable number, to be decided by the state and Society, to be furnished said Society for its use and distribution.

Property and Equipment

   The present State Historial Society owns in fee simple title as trustee of the State the half block of land opposite and east of the State House with the basement thereon. It occupies for offices and working quarters basement rooms in the University Library building at 11th and R streets. The basement building at 16th and H is crowded with the collections of the Historical Society which it can not exhibit, including some 15,000 volumes of Nebraska newspapers and a large part of its museum. Its rooms in the University Library building are likewise crowded with library and museum material. The annual inventory of its property returned to the State Auditor for the year 1920 is as follows:

Value of Land, 1/2 block 16th and H


Value of Buildings and permanent improvements


Value of Furniture and Furnishings


Value of Special Equipment, including Apparatus,

     Machinery and Tools


Educational Specimens (Art, Museum, or other)


Library (Books and Publications)


Newspaper Collection


Total Resources


Much of this property is priceless, being the only articles of their kind and impossible to duplicate.

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