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Gere moved that the Society go into business session; seconded by A. E. Sheldon.
Calling of the roll dispensed with on motion of the Secretary
Reports of standing committees were then called for. Mr. A. E. Sheldon reported for the committee on revision of the constitution, appointed two years previously. The amendments to the constitution as were proposed by the committee were then explained by Mr. Sheldon. After explaining the first amendment, relating to membership in the Society, Mr. Clarke moved that it be adopted. On vote the amendment was carried. The second important change was to enlarge the executive committee by adding certain state and public officials. After some discussion the amendment was adopted. The third amendment providing for quarterly meetings of the executive board was also adopted. The constitution as a whole as amended was then adopted on motion of Hon. H. T. Clarke.
An amendment was proposed to be laid on the table in regard to giving a permanent position to the Secretary in harmony with the general tendency to make such official positions more permanent. After some discussion the notice was laid over for further action.
The special committee on obituaries had no formal report to make. It was stated by Mr. Sheldon that the death of the President, Hon. J. Sterling Morton, and Mr. Longsdorf were the only ones during the year in our membership.
The names of the following persons were presented for membership, and under suspension of the rules were declared unanimously elected:
Dr. E. E. Aukes, Cortland. L. D. Stilson, York.
Rev. M. A. Shine, Sutton. A. C. Wakeley, Omaha.
Thomas Marwood, Oakdale.
D. M. Carr, Fremont.
D. W. Hasty, Arapahoe.
Capt. A. Overton, Council Capt. D. L. Keiser, Boonville, Bluff's.
Missouri. Capt. H. M. Chittenden, Capt. W. H. Gould, Yankton. Sioux City.
James Kennedy, Kansas Phil E. Chappell, Kansas City.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
Hon. R. W. Furnas was unanimously elected President. The following were also elected:
C. S. Lobingier...
First Vice-President Second Vice-President
Treasurer . Secretary
Hon. C. H. Gere read his report as treasurer, which was accepted and adopted.
The report of the librarian was presented, but not read in full owing to the lateness of the hour.
Mr. Barrett called attention to the fact that in the resolution on the deaths of members the name of Hon. G. M. Lambertson had been omitted. His name was ordered inserted.
“This Society records with a deep sense of irretrievable loss the death during the past year of J. Sterling Morton, author of Arbor Day and honored President of this Society the past eleven years; of H. A. Longsdorf, one of the pioneers of Bellevue; of James E. Lamaster, of Tecumseh; and G. M. Lambertson, of Lincoln. In public and private life each of these pioneers has been a worthy son of this state. Ordered that this resolution be spread upon the records and copies thereof be sent to the families of the deceased."
Mr. J. H. Broady gave an estimate of the lives and works of Stephen B. Miles, J. C. Lincoln, and E. W. Thomas, early and valuable men in Nebraska's history. Adjourned.
| H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.
MEETING OF EXECUTIVE BOARD.
Lincoln, Nebraska, April 14, 1903. Present: C. H. Gere, C. J. Bowlby, C. S. Lobingier, the Professor of American History, and the Secretary, H. W. Caldwell.
The Secretary reported that the legislature had made an appropriation of $10,000 for the biennium, and recommended that the expenditures for the years 1903–4 be as follows:
1. Salaries :
J. A. Barrett, curator and librarian....
900 800 300 100 25
2. For labor in various fields—approximate amounts: Cataloguing books
$ 60 Day labor
20 Carpentering 3. For other expenses—approximate amounts: Publishing volume reports...
600 Freight and expenses..
1.15 Binding newspapers
100 Buying books
120 Traveling expenses
200 Supplies, photography, etc..
$5,000 It was moved and carried that the Secretary be authorized to make out and sign vouchers for salaries on above estimates, and if necessary to conform to law, to make the computation by the day to equal the salary schedule fixed in former resolutions.
The President and the Secretary were authorized to secure, if possible, an appropriation for the St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition to aid the Historical Society in making its display. Also to secure for J. A. Barrett a clerkship, under pay of the Nebraska exposition board, at St. Louis during the summer of 1904. The resolution was also passed, to be sent to Mr. Chamberlain, of St. Louis, asking the national board of managers to make an appropriation to aid in preparing a proper and suitable historical exhibit for the exposition.
PLANS FOR A BUILDING FOR THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Mr. Barrett presented plans to raise the money by private subscription. After a discussion the following resolution was adopted. On motion of Mr. Gere, seconded by Professor Caldwell, Mr. Barrett was authorized to proceed to raise the money to construct a building and to secure suitable grounds on which to erect the same. The Treasurer and Secretary were appointed as consulting members to aid Mr. Barrett in devising plans to carry out the undertaking.
Mr. Bowlby then moved that two hundred dollars froin the Society's funds in the bank be appropriated to pay preliminary expenses in the attempt to raise money for the historical building
In order to give Mr. Barrett a better recognition for his work, and to enable him to carry out his plans more successfully, his title was made to read "Curator and Librarian of the Nebraska State Historical Society.”
There being no other business to come before the board it adjourned.
C. S. LOBINGIER, Vice-President. H. W. CALDWELL., Secretary.
MEETING OF EXECUTIVE BOARD.
Lincoln, Nebraska, May 20, 1903. Present: Governor Furnas, Vice-President Clarke, C. H. Gere, H. W. Caldwell. Moved, seconded, and carried that the salary and expense list, passed on at the meeting of April 14, 1903, be ratified:
In regard to display at St. Louis, the meeting felt that the Secretary and Treasurer might carry out the plans outlined at the meeting, April 14, or secure a lump sum as they find most feasible, after consultation with Mr. Morrill.
H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.
TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL MEETING, 1904.
Lincoln, Nebraska, January 12, 1904. The Society was called to order by President R. W. Furnas at 8:10 P.M. The President, after making a few general remarks in regard to the condition and prosperity of the So