Monthly Archives: April 2010

Tractor vs. Horses

At left is a tractor in Ogallala, Neb., 1918. NSHS RG0716-34-5 Which is more economical for a farmer, a tractor or a team of horses? In the early years of tractors, the answer wasn’t obvious to everyone. A series of … Continue reading

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This noble Moses P. Kinkaid

On April 28, 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt signed a bill sponsored by Moses P. Kinkaid of O’Neill, which allowed homesteaders to claim 640 acres of land in certain parts of western Nebraska where smaller farms were impractical. Most of the … Continue reading

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A Proposed Arboreal Bureau

Arbor Day Parade in Nebraska City, 1917. NSHS RG2991-3-5 (photograph at right). An arboreal bureau managed by the Nebraska State Historical Society? J. Sterling Morton, the father of Arbor Day in Nebraska, and a longtime member of the Historical Society, … Continue reading

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The Great Sheedy Murder Trial of 1891

It was Lincoln’s most sensational criminal trial of the nineteenth century. But as historian Timothy Mahoney argues, the Sheedy case was more than just a sordid tale of murder, adultery, and greed. In “The Great Sheedy Murder Trial and the … Continue reading

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Happy Birth-Arbor-Earth Day

April 22, 1832: J. Sterling Morton is born. April 22, 1885:  The Nebraska legislature sets observation of Arbor Day, a new state holiday, on Morton’s birthday. Having moved to Nebraska Territory in 1854, Morton was an early and ardent advocate of tree planting. He proposed the … Continue reading

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One of Those Days

You think you’ve had ”one of those days”? Consider this from the 1875 Omaha Bee, available on microfilm in the newly re-opened Reference Room at the NSHS headquarters, 1500 R Street: “Officer Hanlon went out this morning to repossess some property … Continue reading

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Dr. Picotte’s House

The NSHS is pleased to announce that the Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte House, 100 Taft Street in Walthill, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This two-story home was built by Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte … Continue reading

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One of Lincoln’s Final Acts

President Abraham Lincoln was shot on the evening of April 14 one hundred and forty-five years ago. He died early in the morning on the following day. Among the items found on his desk after his untimely demise was the … Continue reading

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