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Projects and Events
The Foundation was proud to be involved with the following projects and events held by the Nebraska State Historical Society.
October 2010-September 2011
"We the People" The Nebraska Viewpoint:
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future
With three words, "We the People," the framers of the United States Constitution said a mouthful. For over 200 years America has struggled to determine who "We" is, or significantly, who is being excluded from the "We." This series will explore Nebraska's role in figuring out who "We" are in our state and our nation. This exploration will include public presentations, community conversations, an exhibition, recording of Nebraskan's stories, publications, and broadcasts. The series investigates the changing course of constitutional rights and privileges over our national history and in particular how the struggle for inclusion has played out in Nebraska. This project is funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Additional support provided by the Cooper Foundation and the Woods Charitable Fund, Inc., via the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation.
Willa Cather: A Matter of Appearances – Exhibit Opening Event and Booklet Publication
In 2009, the Cather Foundation graciously agreed to partner with the Nebraska State Historical Society to produce an exhibition focused on Willa Cather’s clothing and her evolving sense of fashion. That exhibition, “Willa Cather: A Matter of Appearances,” opened at the Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln on October 9, 2010. The exhibition was funded, in part, by generous contributions from Diane Oldfather and from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Nebraska, Lincoln Borough.
The booklet which accompanied the exhibit included imagery of the clothing, images, and information in that exhibit. Its publication was made possible by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America and the State of Nebraska Publishing Fund established at the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation.
An Evening with Ken Burns, America's Greatest Storyteller
In October of 2008, in honor of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Ken Burns shared a preview of his latest documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Through the words and images of two Nebraskans, Edward and Margaret Gehrke of Lincoln. Their adventures on the roads of America from the 1910s through the 1930s, documented in photographs and journals preserved by the Nebraska State Historical Society, illustrate America's experience in our great national parks. Evening with Ken Burns (2008) raised over $25,000 for projects relating to the Nebraska State Historical Society’s image and manuscript collections. Book and film available at NSHS Landmark Stores and online from PBS.
The Beef State World Premiere
In 2008, the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation hosted a Premiere event at the Haythorn Ranch in Arthur, Nebraska. The film tells the remarkable story of how the state of Nebraska, though once thought of as the “Great American Desert,” early ranchers found a Garden of Eden possessing all of the essential elements to become the greatest beef-producing state in the world. Events at the viewing included a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing and provided an unforgettable experience which honored the lifestyle, work ethic and beautiful landscape where the beef industry was born and continues to thrive. Film available at NSHS Landmark Stores and online from PBS.