Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Yearbook Collection

Although small, the yearbook collection at the Nemaha County Historical Society has been given a new "home" in hopes that the collection will grow. The collection is currently located in the 2nd floor 'library' outside of the jail cells.

School records can help a family historian piece together their ancestor's family. The museum has a collection of the registers from the various schools throughout the county (pictured on lower shelves). However, the collection of yearbooks is relatively sparse for several of the high schools in the county.

If you have old yearbooks -- particularly for prior to 1970 -- that you would be willing to donate to the museum, we would love to add them to the collection.

Preserving and Protecting
Nemaha County Heritage

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Last Survivors Grand Army Nemaha County Kansas

Some of the last survivors of the Grand Army: (1900) Not all of the last survivors of George Graham Post of the G.A.R. are shown in the picture, but all are well remembered figures of about 50 years ago.

Top Row: Left to right: Ambrose Geer, W. H. Dannels, George W. Johnson, W. H. Thornberry, W. S. Nash, Mortimer Matthews, D. H. Ferguson, John A. Heinen, L. M. Davis
Second Row: H. D. Coan, James Parcels, Wm. H. Wright, B. D. Graham, Granderson W. Johnson, Joshua Mitchel, C. H. Steinmeier, N. C. Tolman, Wm. Butler
Bottom Row: left to right: Sam Sheeley, Van B. Fisher, John W. Larimer, George F. Roots, Joseph Guffy, Valentine Shaffer, E. R. Murphy, Thos. Magee, Charles Skinner

Kelly Spartans

Recent donations to the Nemaha County Historical Society include some Kelly High School Yearbooks and a picture of the 1951 graduating class.

Alumni News -- 1947-1942

Nemaha County Historical Society Online

Monday, October 3, 2016

Kansas Preservation Alliance

Seymour the Seneca Gnome with members of the Nemaha County Histrocial Society who presented on the Temple of Honor at the Kansas Preservation Alliance Conference in Abilene on September 27 & 28.

Archives in Nemaha County

Since October is American Archives Month AND Family History Month, this is a great time to check out the various archives in and around Nemaha County. The fact that both of these are celebrated in the same month is logical since it is often necessary to visit an archive to get that one piece of information to identify that ancestor or better tell the family story.

Since an archive collects documents or records that tell about the people or the place, a community can have a variety of places that have this type of record. Examples of places to look for archival type records in Nemaha County would include (but not be limited to):
  • Nemaha County Courthouse
  • Nemaha County Historical Society
  • Albany Museum
  • Pony Express Museum
  • Public Libraries
  • Churches (many of the local Catholic churches have items from high schools that have been closed)
  • School Districts
  • City Offices
All of the above are 'physical' archives which means one has to determine their hours, what types of records they might have and any special rules about using their resources.

Some archival type records are available online. For example, the Nemaha County Historical Society has a digital archive. This digital archive allows anyone to search the collection and brings up a list of results with small images of the item and a description.

Due Bills

We've all likely heard the term, 'bills due' but have you heard of 'due bills'. As we were going thru boxes to verify wh...