Monthly Archives: March 2011

Spitting Prohibited!

John Nelson’s photograph, 1907-1917, of the interior of a bar includes several spittoons on the floor. NSHS RG3542-95-20 (Left). During the late nineteenth century spittoons became a common feature of saloons, hotels, stores, banks, railway carriages, and other places where … Continue reading

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Charles “Mutt” Davison receives the Silver Star

Charles “Mutt” Davison, a Lincoln resident and former University of Nebraska football and basketball player, was awarded the Silver Star on May 21, 1945 for heroic conduct in action. Davison served with the 11th Armored Division in Germany during World … Continue reading

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Omaha’s Shocking Nineteenth-Century Art

In 1890 a young man named Carey Judson Warbington picked up a chair and began smashing a painting that hung in an Omaha gallery. The painting was Return of Spring by William Adolphe Bouguereau, in which Spring is personified by … Continue reading

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Nebraskans Held Captive In North Korea

In January of 1968 the USS Pueblo, a navy vessel on an intelligence mission off the coast of North Korea, was attacked and captured by North Korean forces.  One sailor was killed and the remaining eighty-two were taken captive and … Continue reading

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Pari-mutuel vs. Unicameral. Which is Which?

Opening day at Nebraska’s first unicameral legislative session, January 5, 1937. NSHS RG2183-1937-105-1 (Left). In the 1934 election, Nebraskans voted on two measures with funny-sounding names: a unicameral legislature and pari-mutuel betting. Both measures passed. It has long been rumored … Continue reading

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The Irish in Lincoln

John Fitzgerald (Left). From A. B. Hayes and Sam D. Cox, History of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska (Lincoln, 1889). St. Patrick’s Day is a good time to remember the role the Irish played in the history of Nebraska, particularly … Continue reading

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Stinkfinger’s Popular Illustrated Monthly Magazine

I recently discovered a rather strange item while editing a collection description on our website. The finding aid for our Charles E. Wood collection lists an item entitled, Stinkfinger’s Popular Illustrated Monthly Magazine. Intrigued by the title, I decided to … Continue reading

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