Monthly Archives: July 2010

Save the Buffalo

A herd of buffalo on the Plains in western Kansas. From Frank A. Root and William E. Connelley, The Overland Stage to California (Topeka, 1901) (left). The extermination of the buffalo on the Plains occurred largely between 1870 and 1885, … Continue reading

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Carmen the Cigarette Girl

Source: Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn, Lincoln, Nebraska (at left) The Nebraska History Museum is privileged to have a wonderful doll collection, which we have recently been recataloging. This one caught my eye, as it’s not every day that you see a … Continue reading

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Bolte Manufacturing Company, Kearney, Nebraska

Bolte Manufacturing Company catalog, 1912. NSHS RG5000.AM (photograph at left). As the Curator of Manuscripts, I get to work with all sorts of interesting materials that document the history of individuals, families, businesses, and organizations here in Nebraska. I’m often … Continue reading

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Bryan for President in 1920?

William Jennings Bryan. NSHS RG3198-47 (photograph at left). Ninety years ago, in the summer of 1920, Lincoln hosted a national political convention, albeit that of a third party. “Dry Convention Comes to Order ‘to Bury Booze,’” reported the July 21, … Continue reading

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“Judge Lynch” in Nebraska

During the six decades from 1859 to 1919, at least 45 men and two women died at the hands of lynch mobs in Nebraska while during the same period, only 23 or 24 individuals were executed according to law. Find … Continue reading

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From I-Scream to Eskimo Pie

On July 13, 1921 University of Nebraska graduate and former Thedford schoolteacher Christian K. Nelson found financial backing for a vanilla ice cream dessert coated with chocolate. He called it the I-Scream-Bar. He signed a partnership agreement with Russell Stover, … Continue reading

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In Search of Lost Graves

Edmund Perry Brown died as an infant in 1870 (grave at left) and is buried in the family plot on private property in western Lancaster County. Tombstones are not usual garage sale fare. But when locating stolen headstones and forgotten … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Fatal Flood, July 6, 1908

This year’s rainy season has been made more tolerable, and safer, thanks to flood control initiatives over the last 60 years. But on July 6, 1908, nearly seven inches of rain fell on the capital city, with 2.5 inches coming … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Fourth of July in 1907

Photographer John Nelson depicted two women dressed in patriotic style for a Fourth of July celebration. NSHS RG3542PH103-1 (at left). The Fourth of July at Capitol Beach, once a popular recreation area near Lincoln, was a “record-breaker,” said the Nebraska … Continue reading

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Lazy Days of Summer

RG2836.PH189 (left) Are you enjoying your summer as much as the boys in this photograph? This image was captured in about 1915 by Emanuel Wolfe.  Surprisingly, Wolfe was not a professional photographer. He owned and operated a successful dry goods … Continue reading

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