Monthly Archives: March 2010

Harriet S. Brooks, Woman Suffragist

NSHS RG2411-620 (Photograph at Right). Women’s History Month in March is an appropriate time to remember the leaders of the fight for woman suffrage in Nebraska. Harriet S. Brooks (1828-1888) was the most senior of this state’s woman’s rights activists … Continue reading

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Bombs Away!

Many plant workers during WWII were female. On March 24, 1942, construction began on the Cornhusker Ordnance Plant near Grand Island. Bombs and cannon shells were produced during World War II. The plant eventually sprawled over a twenty square mile … Continue reading

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Cowboys and Art

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his Wild West were major attractions at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. However, a few members of the Wild West did not approve of some Eastern art depicting the West. The Young … Continue reading

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A Sad Shamrock Saga

Badly Damaged Shamrocks Mr. John W. Paul related a very good St. Patrick’s day incident which happened in Boston one year ago.  A certain Mr. McClanahan, who had been a councilman for several years and failing of re-election, started a … Continue reading

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Nebraska Nursery and Seed Catalogs

With our first taste of spring, many of us are dreaming of warmer days and planning our gardens for the upcoming season.  There’s nothing like a stack of colorful seed catalogs to help get one through the last weeks of … Continue reading

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The First Frisbee Competition? Lincoln, 1957

You may have had one of these as a kid, a classic Wham-O Frisbee. Nebraska played a role in the history of this popular toy. In 1957, Lincoln hosted what was apparently the nation’s first organized Frisbee competition. Kylie Kinley … Continue reading

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The Day Nebraska Lost

On March 5, 1860, a majority of voters in Nebraska territory cast their ballots against statehood.  Many Nebraskans felt it was time for the territory to become a state, but even more feared statehood would result in higher taxes.

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Omaha Charley’s Native American Artifacts

“Omaha Charley” Bristol wrote that Standing Bear presented him with this scalp shirt in 1876. It is a fine example of work that appears to predate the Reservation era. It’s no surprise that we have a lot of interesting items … Continue reading

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Free Gardens for the Unemployed

These hard times aren’t the first hard times Nebraskans have faced. And it’s not the first time community gardens have helped people put food on the table. On March 4, 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, the City … Continue reading

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Plant Trees, Get Land for Free

March 3: On this date in Nebraska (and U.S.) history the Timber Culture Act became federal law. The 1873 provision allowed homesteaders to acquire 160 acres of land by planting 40 acres of trees and tending them for 10 years. … Continue reading

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