Monthly Archives: August 2010

Why Not Buy a Novelty Tie?

As you may have gleaned from perusing previous blogs, the Nebraska State Historical Society houses a fairly large collection of artwork and other items from the late Nebraska artist John Falter.  Falter was a highly successful and influential illustrator from … Continue reading

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Beating the Heat in 1906

(Left) John Nelson’s photograph of two couples seated in front of their tents was taken sometime between 1907 and 1917. NSHS RG3542-98-4 In the days before air conditioning, getting a good night’s sleep during the heat of summer was sometimes … Continue reading

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Hickman Gets the Fair

Lancaster County’s agricultural exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair in the 1880s. NSHS RG3356-2-33 August and September are traditional months for county fairs in Nebraska, frequently (but not always)  held in a county seat town. In 1892 the village of … Continue reading

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Nebraska Town Gets Bombed

“Unknown Planes Drop Six Bombs on Tarnov.”  This was the headline from the Columbus Daily Telegram on August 16, 1943.  The article states that, “Two unidentified planes dropped practice bombs on the village of Tarnov between 4 and 4:30 a.m. … Continue reading

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Making Rain

During the 1890s some theorized that smoke particles blown into the clouds would precipitate rain. These men appear to be trying that process. NSHS RG2545-9 Modern attempts at rainmaking, such as cloud seeding, may be more scientific and effective but … Continue reading

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Klowns of the Koo Koo Krust

It is well known that the first Nebraska Klavern of the Ku Klux Klan was formed in Omaha in 1921.  It is also known that the Klan was claiming as many as 45,000 members two years later.  Perhaps less well-documented is … Continue reading

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They Have Conventions For That?

Recently I’ve been working on the Society’s collection of posters and I have to say I’ve been really impressed with what we have.  We have intriguing, sometimes frightening, and many times lovely posters from WWI and WWII, interesting items that … Continue reading

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William Jennings Bryan and a Spanish American War Roster

 If you have an interest in William Jennings Bryan’s campaigns, you are in for a treat. The Nebraska History Museum has a wonderful collection of Bryan’s campaign memorabilia, which was recently added to our online database.  Visit http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/index.html Click on … Continue reading

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The Petrified Bagel

Affectionately this little gem of an artifact is known around the museum collections offices as “The Petrified Bagel.”  It is one of the few food items we have in the collection–not surprisingly as food does not normally put up with … Continue reading

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