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Jim Potter Program August 23

Join us Thursday Aug 23rd for a facinating program by Jim Potter, Nebraska Historical Society Senior Researcher from Chadron. He will be talking about “Equality before the Law: The Civil Rights Origin of Nebraska’s State Motto” and how the post-Civil War national debates over granting civil rights to former slaves affected Nebraska’s admission to satehood in 1867 and promted our state motto. This will be very interesting, be sure and join us at 6:30 pm at the Knight Museum. See you there!

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New Alliance Book is in the works.

The Alliance Times Herald is publishing a new coffee table style photo book for Alliance’s 125th Birthday Celebration in 2013. It should be ready for sale by Christmas. We are very excited to co-sponsor with the use of our many photos.

Be watching for further information in the Alliance Times Herald or here at the KM & SC.


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Heritage Days is here!

Well Heritage Days is upon us and we all know what that means……the rest of the summer goes like wildfire ! What a perfect time to get out of the heat and stop by the Knight Museum & Sandhills Center for a look around in a nice air conditioned space. Check out to see if you can spot what is new and what new artifacts have found their way into the exhibits.

Heritage is not just  theme for us here at KM & SC, our mission is to preserve and document everyone’s heritage for future generations. This might also be a good time to start that genealogy project that you have put off for years! Stop by any day and see what we have to offer and what help we can be to get your valuable legacy project started.

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Do you remember Mrs. Dalton’s dolls?

If you grew up in Alliance and came to the Knight Museum you probably remember the First Lady dolls created by Mrs. Helen Dalton. These were Barbie dolls dressed in the gowns worn for the Inagurations. She researched and tried to use as close to the real fabric as she could find with intricate embellishments. They start with George Washington and end with Richard Nixon.

We all study the Presidents but do not really study the First Ladies. We were amazed to note that many Presidents Ladies were not actually wives but daughters, sisters, sister or daughter-in-laws or other family members. Several Presidents were widowed or not married and having a hostess was required for the times, so stand-ins were found in the family. This is a bit of history often overlooked until Helen Dalton stepped in!

So if you would like a trip down memory lane or are just interested in a unique snippet of history, stop by and take a look.

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Recent donations

We have had some very interesting items donated recently.

The Pruden family donated a Hemingford Band Uniform and several issues of the Hemingford Spudpicker, the local scholl annual.

We got the cutest pair of a childs handmade hobnail boots from Thomas Abbott. These are wonderful since so few childrens items survived.

The Embry family gave a banner from the Sandillo Horse races in 1956. We will be working on a special display with our Sanhillo artifacts for Alliance’s 125th birthday in 2013.

Bill Coleman has given a seclection of unusual costumes from the Odd Fellows organization and a collection of records from the same group. These will be a great asset in the Heritage Room.

Pat Griffis donated a photo of an early Alliance High Basketball team featuring her husband Walt. Loved the outfits they were wearing!

The mail brought us 3 photos of laying the brick streets in 1920. These were clipped from a family album and send on to us. They are wonderful and show many buildings including the Lowery Henry Garage (or Dobson’s Garage) before the second floor was built over the Roof Garden Dance Hall. Fantastic!@ we thank Donita Mills for thinking of us.

These are just a sampling of the unusual and wonderful items that people have given that will be a lasting legacy to Alliance. I will be pointing out new items as they come in. Stay tuned……….


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