Monthly Archives: June 2010

Miss America Doll

7010-86; Source: Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn (left). With the Fourth of July right around the corner, I thought it would be a good excuse to show you one of the patriotic dolls from the Nebraska History Museum’s collection. Decked out in … Continue reading

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Plenty of Work

Solomon D. Butcher’s photograph depicted workmen laying a concrete sidewalk. NSHS RG2608-2952 (left). Job hunters in Omaha during the booming 1880s had an easier time than those looking for work today. A reporter for the Omaha Daily Bee in the … Continue reading

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Summer along the Trail

Cavalrymen escorting the overland stagecoach, a duty that Scherneckau often described. From Frank A. Root and William E. Connelley, The Overland Stage to California (Topeka, 1901) (at right). Pvt. August Scherneckau was a soldier with the First Nebraska Volunteer Cavalry … Continue reading

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The Wad Room

11744-51; In Memory of the Mary Hannah Hansen Lux and Clarence Burton Lux by the Gladys Marie Lux Museum Acquisition Endowment Established at the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation (at left).   One of the great things about working in … Continue reading

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State Song Sing-along

The year Nebraska celebrated its centennial, it got a new state song. “Beautiful Nebraska” was so designated by the Nebraska legislature and the bill was signed into law on June 21, 1967 by Governor Norbert Tiemann.   Russian immigrant Jim Fras … Continue reading

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The Textile Industry Goes to War

Bette (left) and Lois Rathburn of Lincoln in dresses typical of the 1940s celebrate the end of World War II. NSHS R234-173 How did the 1930s and 1940s affect feminine fashions? Muriel R. Wilkins, who attended high school in Washington … Continue reading

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Good Guys Wear White Hats

10645-2029; Source: John P. Falter Collection (top left) 10645-2030; Source: John P. Falter Collection (top right). Those of you who have been following our blog, know that the Nebraska History Museum, with the help of intern Karen Anderson, has been … Continue reading

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Is There a Beaver Crossing Nebraska?

Entrance to ford of Beaver Creek at the archeological site at left. If you would like to know the answer to this question as well as learn more about historic trails and the role Nebraska played in the epic story … Continue reading

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What Did You Do in the War?

On this day in 1947, sugar rationing ended in the U.S. after nearly five years of shortages brought about by World War II. Rationing is part of the “Home Front” chapter of What Did You Do in the War?, a … Continue reading

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Frontier Soldiers and Their Tiniest Enemy

NSHS RG1517-119-2 (at left). In “The Plains Forts: A Harsh Environment,” John McDermott describes the physical hardships of a frontier soldier’s life. The article appears in the Spring 2010 issue of Nebraska History. McDermott describes the western plains as “an … Continue reading

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