Monthly Archives: September 2011

John L. Teeters

John Lewis Teeters was born at Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Albert and Ellen Baker Wood Teeters. In 1886 he graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelors degree. From 1886-1887 Teeters worked for a wholesale jewelry firm … Continue reading

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An Artist’s View of the Fort Robinson Prisoner of War Camp

During World War II there were 126 Prisoner of War (PW) camps in the United States. Fort Robinson, Nebraska had one of these camps. By the end of the war, this camp consisted of 160 temporary buildings, and housed three … Continue reading

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Dodge County Seat Removal, 1884

“There is no necessity for any bad blood over the county seat controversy,” said the Fremont Weekly Herald on August 21, 1884, in referring to a “re-location scheme” that proposed to remove the county seat from Fremont to a more … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Citizen Soldiers

Nebraskans have a long history of serving their country and their fellow citizens. In 2007-2008 the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska National Guard teamed up to showcase some of this history through an exhibit entitled, The Nebraska National … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know What We’d Have Done Without the Indians”

Dressed for a post-harvest dance, Lakotas pose at the Burlington depot in Alliance in the 1930s. NSHS RG2063-50-1 (at left). A labor shortage during World War I left western Nebraska potato farmers facing the loss of their crop. They brought … Continue reading

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New Washington in Nebraska?

Moses H. Sydenham (1835-1907) had a long and eventful life as a freighter, newspaperman, postmaster and storekeeper at Fort Kearny, and settler in the Platte valley. In his autobiography, written in 1902 (and published in the Nebraska State Journal on … Continue reading

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Go Big with Buttons

Cape, jacket, and skirt made by Nettie Vertrovsky of Crete and covered with buttons from her collection. (NSHS 7329-4,5) (at right). I like the saying “Go Big or Go Home.”  To me it means if you’re going to do something … Continue reading

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Happy Days

Ken Eddy’s Drive-In was located at 48th and O Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska. This photograph was taken by the Macdonald Studio on July 11, 1952. (RG2183.PH001952-00711-2) (above). There is just something about old drive-ins that brings out the nostalgia in … Continue reading

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Back in Print – “Eyewitness at Wounded Knee”

NSHS RG2845-13-6 (at left). Never before has the story of the Wounded Knee Massacre been so clearly and movingly presented. Three Nebraska State Historical Society staff members (Richard Jensen, Eli Paul, and John Carter) collect the facts and present them … Continue reading

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