Monthly Archives: December 2011

A New Year’s Eclipse

A New Year’s greeting card from 1888. NSHS 7631-54 (at left). The most memorable feature of New Year’s Day in Nebraska in 1889 was a solar eclipse that occurred between three and four o’clock in the afternoon. The Omaha Daily … Continue reading

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Rev. Russel Taylor and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1920s Omaha.

There are certain names we instantly recognize as those who passionately loved and strove for equality. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony and many others have a permanent place in history textbooks as heroes of social justice. There … Continue reading

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A Midsummer Christmas Eve

This Christmas card from 1880 depicted a warm-weather scene similar to one actually experienced by Omahans on December 24 in 1889. NSHS 3832-136 (at left). Freakish weather is not unique to the twenty-first century. The Christmas of 1889 in Omaha … Continue reading

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Murder at the Lincoln Hotel: The Irvine-Montgomery Case

The Lincoln Hotel at Ninth and P streets was the scene of a sensational murder in May of 1892. NSHS RG2158-408c The trial of William H. Irvine for the murder of Charles E. Montgomery in October of 1892 in Lancaster … Continue reading

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The Shoemaker’s Ashes

This example of a cinerary urn (at left) is from Hugo Erichsen’s The Cremation of the Dead (Detroit, 1887), published the year Edward Kuehl died. “Edward Kuehl, one of the most peculiar characters that ever lived in Omaha, or anywhere … Continue reading

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