Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Filley Ladies Aid Society Fundraising Quilt

8636-1, Source: Mrs. K.L. McGill, Lindsborg, Kansas A (right). Recently, I’ve begun researching fundraising quilts. Many typical fundraising quilts have names stitched or inked all over the front.  This quilt, however, is quite unique and I thought I would share it … Continue reading

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Beating the Heat in the 1930s

The mid-1930s saw some of the hottest summer temperatures ever recorded in Nebraska. When Ruth Godfrey Donovan and her family moved to Lincoln in 1934, the Depression and a severe drought were well underway. Donovan, who lived in a small … Continue reading

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Wait A Minute Mr. Postman…

Before the Rural Free Delivery (RFD) mail system was developed, farm families had to pick up their mail in the nearest town which could be hours or days away. RFD service was started as an experiment in West Virginia on … Continue reading

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On the Stage with Willa Cather

Willa Cather in costume as Peter Paragon in 1892 for a Union Girls’ Dramatic Club production of The Fatal Pin. NSHS RG2639-1-83 (at right). The Red Cloud Opera House on February 4, 1888, was the scene of an amateur theatrical … Continue reading

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Fun and Games

With the temperature hovering around 100 degrees this week here in Lincoln, I’m reminded of similar hot summer days growing up on the farm. My brother and I spent many a summer day playing games in front of the window … Continue reading

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Nebraska and the Civil War: Why the Story Matters

Nebraska has a rich Civil War legacy, according to James E. Potter, senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Potter and Edith Robbins edited the letters of Nebraska soldier August Scherneckau, published in 2007 by the University of … Continue reading

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How Do We Get There?

Today, if someone wants directions, they can just go online and find a map to practically anywhere. But this is just a recent development. Before the internet, we needed actual physical maps to figure out where we were going. The … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s New Deal Art

For those of you who were unable to make it to the Nebraska History Museum last year for the exhibit entitled, “For the People: Nebraska’s New Deal Art,” we have some good news! These works of art are now available … Continue reading

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Vacationing on a Budget in 1909

This photograph (at left) of boating in Long Pine Lake was depicted on a postcard from 1927. From private collection. “Where to spend my vacation is a problem which hundreds of Omaha minds are puzzling over just now,” said the … Continue reading

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A Little Piece of Music History

The Library/Archives recently acquired a scrapbook relating to Donald Abbott of Beatrice and then Lincoln, Nebraska. Abbott was born in Illinois in 1912 and later moved with this family to Beatrice. He played cornet in the school band and became … Continue reading

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