Monthly Archives: January 2012

At Work, Five Miles a Day, On a Scooter, In a Pipe?

If you asked most Americans what “traveling the hard way” was, what sort of answers would you get? Biking? Walking? Swimming? At NSHS, we have discovered another method of “traveling the hard way:” in a 48-inch pipe on a small … Continue reading

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Skating Under Cover: Kearney’s Indoor Ice Rink

An ice skater was photographed on a frozen Sandhills lake in Cherry County by Solomon D. Butcher in 1901. NSHS RG2608-2913 (detail) (Left). Ice skating enthusiasts in Nebraska braved winter weather and rough ice before the advent of the indoor … Continue reading

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Superman Comes to Omaha . . .er, Lincoln

The Nebraska State Historical Society collects and cares for hundreds of thousands of items.  Not surprisingly, many are quite old.  We aren’t, however, neglecting the present.  Although it can be difficult to determine today what will have historical relevance one … Continue reading

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Blizzard of January 12, 1888

The early settlers of Nebraska faced many hardships, a great number of these weather and climate related. Among the most destructive of natural disasters were the sudden prairie blizzards. The blizzard of January 12, 1888 had an immense impact on … Continue reading

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Treasures from Nebraska Museums

The NSHS works hard to collect and preserve Nebraska history, but we don’t do it alone. Historical organizations and museums dot our ninety-three counties and contain many treasures. To support their work in preserving our collective history, we’ve started a … Continue reading

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Gold Cure for the Liquor Habit

From the Kearney Daily Hub, January 16, 1893 (at left). Nebraska was home during the late nineteenth century to a number of local Keeley hospitals or treatment centers for patients addicted to alcohol, nicotine, and narcotic drugs. Dr. Leslie E. … Continue reading

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