Nebraska’s historical diversity is showcased in Heritage Nebraska’s 2012 selections of Destination Places, Hidden Treasures and Fading Places. Destination Places are museums and historical sites that serve tourists with high-quality interpretation, services and offerings of special events. In the first year for the new category, six museums and historic places were selected for honors. The Destination selections include Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island; Lewis & Clark Country, from Rulo to Lynch; Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Hastings; Camp Creek Threshers Heritage Ground and Threshers Show, Waverly; and all of Nebraska’s State Historical Parks. In the Fading Places category, judges recognized the Prague Presbyterian Church, representing Nebraska’s many small rural churches, and the former Bartley High School, representing small rural schools. The largest category, by far, was Hidden Treasures. These are historic places of merit that are worthy of greater notice and visitations. The 2012 Hidden Treasure selections are Auburn’s Legion Memorial Park; Beatrice’s Historic Downtown District; Bellevue’s Historic Log Cabin and Burlington Railroad Depot; Bennington’s Oft-Gordon House; Broken Bow’s Arrow Hotel & Suites; Cozad’s Robert Henri Museum and Historical Walkway; Crofton’s Argo Hotel; Danbury’s Depot Museum; Elmwood’s GAR Veterans Museum; Genoa’s U.S. Indian School Interpretive Center; Henderson’s Mennonite Heritage Park; Kearney’s Classic Car Collection and Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center; Lincoln’s Joyo Theater, National Museum of Roller Skating and Pioneer Park Nature Center; Madison’s Historic Presbyterian Center; Nebraska City’s Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, Kregel Windmill Factory Museum and Wildwood Historic Center; Neligh’s TK Drive-In and Antelope County Museum; Omaha’s General Crook House Museum, Florence Mill and Scottish Rite Masonic Center; Orchard’s Rex Theater; and Pawnee City’s Historical Society and Museum.
Six undergraduate students from four Nebraska colleges and universities recently received the 2012 Richard Holland Future Scientist Award from the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. The students received cash prizes totaling $2,700 at the annual INBRE (Institutional Development Award Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence Program) conference in Grand Island. The award winners are listed in descending order from first place.
Oral: Lana Zholudeva of Creighton University, Sean West of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Kate Weskamp of Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Poster: Kristine Ward of Creighton, Andrew Cannon of Wesleyan, Rachel Coburn of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Pat and Craig Enenbach, who started the Handicap Parking Patrol with the Omaha Police Department, were honored recently with the Governor’s Points of Light adult award. Receiving the youth award was Allie Baxter. As a high school sophomore, she planned and launched a new event for the Salvation Army in Omaha, the Red Kettle Run. The run helps fill the Salvation Army’s pantry shelves. To register for the event, follow the link at Omaha.com/community.
The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts has announced that Scott Anderson from the School of Music and Michael Hoff from the department of art and art history have been named Hixson-Lied Professors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The professorships are awarded for a three-year term and can be re-nominated for a second, consecutive three-year term. They carry a $3,000 annual stipend that can be used to augment the recipient’s salary or to support the recipient’s creative or scholarly work.
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska recently honored a North Platte family with the highest award the organization can bestow. Brothers Ken and Ted Huebner and their families received the Douglas E. Parrott Faith in Action Award. The Huebners were major contributors to the Clifford Johnson Center for Healthy Families in North Platte.
The biomedical engineering service chief for the VA Medical Center in Omaha recently was awarded the Advancing Safety in Medical Technology Clinical/Biomedical Engineering Achievement Award. Arif Subhan earned the recognition for “individual excellence and achievement in the clinical and biomedical fields,” according to the award citation. The award also recognizes his dedication in teaching review and graduate-level clinical engineering courses, and his work as a volunteer as chairman of the U.S. Certification Commission.
Mary Lorraine’s Dance Center of Omaha had two students, Maddy Miller and Megan Miller, selected from thousands of dancers to be among the 85 dancers at the Rockettes Summer Intensive at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The week culminated with a performance at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax