Monthly Archives: February 2012

Leap Year Once Viewed as Opportunity for Women

This Leap Year postcard from 1908 depicts a bachelor walking along a path with numerous women lying in wait. The year 2012 is a leap year, which means that it has 366 days instead of the usual 365 days. The … Continue reading

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Hybrid Corn Ads from the J.C. Robinson Seed Company

The Nebraska State Historical Society’s collections are full of fun advertising materials. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few examples advertising Funk’s hybrid corn from the Rob-See-Co (J.C. Robinson Seed Company). These advertisements date from the 1940s and 1950s. James C. … Continue reading

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Todd Storz: Radio for a New Era

Todd Storz, owner of Omaha’s KOWH, saw music as opportunity. He showed the world how to harness music and make it profitable in a world more interested in visual stimulation than audio. Largely because of his invention and business efficiency, … Continue reading

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The First Nebraska Regiment’s Baptism of Fire, 1862

Counterattack of Gen. Lew Wallace’s division at the Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, February 15, 1862. From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, March 15, 1862 (above). This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Donelson, fought in the … Continue reading

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Seeing Lincoln: Nebraska Civil War Veterans Remember

This colorful GAR badge is from Hastings, Nebraska. NSHS 13000-3348 (at left). Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1925 was celebrated by the History Club of Kearney State Teachers College with a dinner attended by members of the club and by several … Continue reading

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Collecting the Here and Now

As I mentioned in a blog post a few weeks back about a Superman comic book, the Nebraska State Historical Society collects and cares for hundreds of thousands of items not all of which are particularly old.  We feel it … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day in Nebraska

From the Kearney Daily Hub, January 30, 1932. “No doubt many of our readers in this locality are close observers of ‘signs,’” said the Nebraska Advertiser on February 11, 1875, “and especially of ground-hog day, as it comes after a … Continue reading

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