Unadilla Community Library

 

IMG 5629770 G Street
Unadilla, NE 68454-0098
Phone: (402) 828-4655
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Peggy Leefers -
Library President
 
Office Hours:
Tuesday: 4-6PM
Saturday: 9AM-12PM
 
 


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The Unadilla Community Library was started in 1996. It has been housed in the school  library and media department with the help of the Unadilla school board and an inter-local agreement between the two entities.  Many people gave time and money to build the oak shelving and gave books and volunteer hours to staff open hours.  This year our school closed and we remain in the same location at 770 G Street and are expanding the community library while maintaining the children's and student sections for use by all in the area.
 
The library is currently open Tuesday from 4 to 6 PM and  we will add hours in the near future. We have a nice selection of Nebraska authors and a great selection of local history and early settlers to this area as well as Nebraska history.  The library also has several computers with Internet connection. (1)
 
 
New Addition to the Community Library - OCGS Resource Room - down the hall from the Library in the Community Center.  Summer Hours - Thursday Evening 6:30 - 8:30PM or by Appointments:  Barb Wilhelm 402-828-5705.  OCGS holds several meetings in the Resource Room throughout the year.  WIP Project - Otoe County District Records - original documents and searchable database coming soon.
 
 
Nebraska City High School Oral History Reports
 
In June of 2010, the family of Mary Beth Kernes donated 1133 oral history reports to the Otoe County Genealogical Society in an effort to preserve these documents.  Mary Beth Kernes was a History and Social Sciences teacher at Nebraska City High School for many years. During that time, Mary Beth led her students in an oral history project, teaching them to collect family and other local histories in a hands-on manner.  Mary Beth's students conducted oral interviews with local residents, to include their relatives, in an effort to learn more about their topic selection, which ranged from the following topics:
 
a. Family History
b. Great Depression
c. World War II to the Vietnam War 
 
These oral transcripts contain a large amount of information about the individual being interviewed, and in the family history reports, there are pedigree charts attached to each of these reports as well.  The Unadilla Community Library has graciously offered to house these reports and is able to photocopy the reports for a minimal fee for anyone requesting a copy.  Please contact the library for further details.
 
A database of these documents has been established and is listed below in PDF format.  The database has been sorted by three different categories, and each category is sorted in alphabetical order:
 
1. Subject (Interviewee)
2. Researcher (Interviewer)
3. Category (Topic)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Works Cited:
 
(1) Leefers, Peggy. "History of the Unadilla Community Library." (2010). Print.

Talmage Public Library

IMG 2747405 Main St.
Talmage, NE 68448
Phone: (402) 264-3875
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Carol Fisher -  Librarian
 
Office Hours:
Mondays & Wednesdays 4-7 pm
Saturdays 8-11 am
 
 


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Talmage Public Library is the central facility associated with the the library system that serves Talmage, Nebraska. The collection of the library contains 4011 volumes and serves a population of 268 residents.
 
The Talmage Public Library holds numerous genealogical holdings within its facility, to include original copies of the Talmage Tribune newspaper, which ran from 1886 to 1960, and also of the Talmage Topics newspaper, which ran from 1960 to 1973.  To view the complete index of all their genealogical holdings, please open the 'Talmage Genealogical Holdings' file located on the left side of this page.
 
 
"The Talmage Public Library was begun in 1904 by efforts of community ladies with a donation of 80 books.  Today it's remodeled and expanded space includes a collection of thousands of books, videos, records and copies of early newspapers, providing a good source for historical and genealogical research.   Online computer access makes available unlimited information." (1)
 
 
 
 
Works Cited:
 
(1) Rohlfing, Alma. "History of the Talmage Public Library." (2009). Print.

Syracuse Public Library

Syracuse-Libraryelement22480 5th St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
Phone: (402) 269-2336
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Sue Antes - Librarian
 
Office Hours:
Monday 9AM-5PM
Wednesdays 9AM-8PM
Fridays 9AM-5PM

Saturdays 9AM-12PM

 


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Syracuse Public Library is a Public library. This library is the central facility for the library system that serves Syracuse, Nebraska. The collection of the library contains 8184 volumes. The library circulates 17887 items per year. The library serves a population of 1762 residents.
 
The Syracuse Public Library holds numerous genealogical holdings within its facility.  To view the complete index of all their genealogical holdings, please open the Syracuse Public Library Genealogical Holdings file located on the left side of this page.
 
 
"A reading room was established on the upper floor of the fire hall by Maurice C. Joyce.  This was Syracuse’s first library.  Joyce solicited all of the books which his friends had finished.  He assumed all responsibility for lending the books until he was elected County Judge.
 
Joyce had great interest in books because he was a self-educated man.  He had come to Nebraska in 1881 from Massachusetts, and moved to Syracuse in 1883, as a harness maker.  In fact, Joyce and his partner, W.W. Bell, lost their harness shop in the fires of 1893 and 1894, the only merchants to sustain a double loss.  During these busy years when the community was rapidly growing, he took a great interest in politics and “read” law, which was still a common practice then.  He was elected and served as Otoe County Judge from 1898-1901 and 1904-1905.  After his tenures as County Judge, he returned to Syracuse, in partnership with Charles Shrader, and combined his harness business with hardware and farm implements.
 
At the time Judge Joyce left for Nebraska City to assume his office, the Women’s Club undertook the task of running the library.  They gave programs to buy new books.  Their programs were sometimes ambitious.  One time they put on a current play for which they had to pay a royalty.  With this expense they only had five dollars left for the library’s fund.  Rather than admit their small profit, the members of the committee made a donation.
 
In the Syracuse Journal of November 20, 1900, there was this notice, 'The reading room which has been opened in the lower room of the Odd Fellows Hall is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings from 7 to 9:30 o’clock and the public is cordially requested to make use of it.'  In 1901 the management of the library passed from the Women’s Club to the City of Syracuse, which raised a half mill for its support.  In 1934 the Congregational Church was remodeled, under the direction of William Klingenberg, to become the present library." (1)
 
 
 
 
Works Cited:
 

(1) Masters, Margaret Dale. For the Record; the Centennial History of Syracuse, Nebraska. Syracuse, Neb.: Maverick Media, 1972. 56-57. Print.

Palmyra Memorial Library

Palmyra-Libraryelement24525 Illinois Place
P.O. Box 176
Palmyra, NE 68418-0176
Phone: (402) 780-5344
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Glenda Willnerd - Director
 
Office Hours:
Monday: 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday: 3:00 - 8:00PM

Sunday: 12:30 - 5:30PM

 


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Palmyra Memorial Library is a Public library. This library is affiliated with the library system that serves Palmyra, Nebraska. The collection of the library contains 8,106 volumes. The library circulates 1,232 items per year. The library serves a population of 546 residents.  The library has two public Internet computers and maintains WiFi Internet access as well.

Morton-James Public Library

1330263418 7d957acae8923 First Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410
Phone: (402) 873-5609
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Barbara Hegr – Library Director
Louan Beard – Assistant Director
 
 
Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9AM-6PM
Friday & Saturday: 9AM-5PM

Sunday: Closed

 


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Morton-James Public Library is a Public library. This library is the central facility for the library system that serves Nebraska City, Nebraska. The collection of the library contains 42,893 volumes. The library circulates 78,988 items per year. The library serves a population of 7,228 residents.
 
The Morton-James Public Library holds numerous genealogical holdings within its facility.  To view the complete index of all their genealogical holdings, please click on open the Morton-James Public Library Genealogical Holdings file located on the left side of this page.
A listing of the library's genealogical services can also be found at:
 
 
"Due to conflicting reports it is difficult to discern just when and where the first literary association was formed in Nebraska City.  The Young Men’s Literary Association was organized in November of 1867 and the following year consolidated with the Nebraska City Mercantile Library Association.
 
In 1869, fourteen pioneer women formed the Round Table Club.  In the summer of 1881 the women took possession of the library of the Young Men’s Library Association. This woman’s group was incorporated in 1882 as the Ladies Library Association and they started to raise money for a library.
 
At this time J. W. Steinhart, a cashier of the Otoe County Bank had an opportunity to visit with Joy Morton son of  J. Sterling Morton in his Chicago Office. Mr. Steinhart told Mr. Morton about the struggles the women in Nebraska City were having in getting a library started.  Mr. Morton proposed to Mr. Steinhart, that if he could dispose of an old building located on Central Avenue across from the old hotel, he could use the money to start a library fund.  Mr. Steinhart had no luck in selling the property.  Mr. Morton responded by offering to build a suitable building for his hometown if they would furnish and grade a lot, and equip the building.  The public responded to the challenge by raising $1450.00 to obtain the 1 1/2 lots that the building now stands on and $1500.00 for the equipment and fixtures.
 
Since that time in 1896, many changes have occurred in our city and especially in our library.  The additional 3-floor stack room to the south was also a gift of the original donor, Joy Morton in 1932.  In 1975 the Strawberry Patch or children’s department was built by digging out the basement area under the north end of the library.
 
The latest $1.59 million addition started in 2000 and completed in 2002, expanded the library on the east and south sides.  This expansion nearly doubled the size of the library.  The money for the expansion was raised through donations, community groups, and grants.  Much care was taken to ensure the original architectural design was left intact." (1)
 
 
 
Works Cited:
 

(1) History of the Morton-James Public Library. 06 Sept. 2010. Web. 07 Sept. 2010.

Douglas Public Library

034Route 1
P.O. Box 56
Douglas, NE 68344
Ardys Brugman -
Head Volunteer
 
Office Hours:
Saturday: 2-4PM
(2nd & 4th Saturdays each month)
 
 
 


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Douglas Public Library is a Public library. This library is affiliated with the library system that serves Douglas, Nebraska. The library serves a population of 231 residents.  The library has no public Internet computers or WiFi Internet access.

Genealogy Events

Did you pay your 2018 DUES?  Thank you for your continued support - we need your membership to maintain our school signs and to keep our website.  If you haven't - please go to the Membership page for membership form/address. Be sure to check out the Syracuse Newspapers website - everyone is having a huge success in finding obits and other family information.  Nebraska City Press will be the next digital database to come online!!! 

 

OCGS EVENT:

May 19th - Work day at Morton James Public Library - Meet at 10:00AM

June 16th - Photo restoration by John Keller 10:00AM, Unadilla Resource Room, 770 G ST.

SUMMER BREAK - July/August.  Time to explore local interests, Cemeteries, and RESEARCH!

September 15th - Speaker, Karen Johns, Former school teacher of Otoe & Johnson CO Schools

October 20th - Burr Village Stop - Visiting Molly Hunt's Shop

 

 

 Program Ideas - Come & share with us!!!  We want to make the Society interesting to all Otoe County area residents or descendants of Otoe County Pioneers!!


New Online information & research tips

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Pennsylvania Vital Death Records - Download in PDF format!  1906-1967

http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online/Pages/Vital-Statistics.aspx

 

MONSTER DATABASES - Each STATE!

CLICK HERE

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Syracuse Museum of Memories - Looking for Volunteers.  They meet every Wednesday, 9AM.  Open every Sunday afternoon - May-October, else by Appointment.  See their page on our site for further details. 

 

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