Monthly Archives: November 2011

Miles, Mules, and Men: The Forgotten Front of the Civil War

Imagine your car. Now consider the amount of gas that it requires to keep it running. Picture that your car is in the middle of rural, untamed Nebraska: there are no gas stations for miles. Multiply your car into several … Continue reading

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E. R. Purcell Remembers Newspaper Career in Custer County

“I have recently rounded out fifty years of newspaper work in Custer County,” wrote Emerson R. Purcell in late 1942, shortly after the publication of the golden anniversary edition of his Custer County Chief of Broken Bow. In reminiscences on … Continue reading

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How Shall We Make Beatrice Grow?

How does one transform a prairie town into a thriving cultural center? When a town desires to strengthen the moral fiber of its citizens, protect its young people from vice, and attract the “most desirable class of people” what route … Continue reading

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Will Pigs Help Win the War?

After the United States entered World War I in April of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Herbert Hoover head of the U.S. Food Administration. Hoover believed that food would win the war and established specific days to encourage people to … Continue reading

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The Sioux City & Pacific Railroad Company

The Library/Archives recently acquired this stock certificate for the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad Company. Sioux City and Pacific Railroad Company stock certificate (NSHS RG5000) The company was founded in 1864 for the express purpose of building a connection between … Continue reading

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Carry Nation Debated Woman Suffrage in Seward

Carry A. Nation with her trademark hatchet in 1910. From the New York Times Photo Archive (at left). Carry A. Nation’s anti-saloon activities in Nebraska in December 1901 and early 1902 took her not only to Lincoln and Omaha but … Continue reading

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A Lincoln Highway Radiator Emblem

11744-135 In Memory of Mary Hannah Hansen Lux and Clarence Burton Lux by the Gladys Marie Lux Museum Acquisition Endowment Established at the Nebraska State Historical Society The Nebraska History Museum recently acquired this radiator emblem which advertises the Lincoln … Continue reading

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