Monthly Archives: April 2012

Touring Nebraska Orchards in 1872

Well before the emergence of Arbor Day as a state holiday dedicated to tree planting, southeast Nebraska had a number of thriving orchards. In 1872 the Nebraska State Horticultural Society sponsored a summer tour of some of the most outstanding … Continue reading

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Rhubarb, the Pie Lover’s Delight

Rhubarb, a plant well known to pie and dessert lovers in Nebraska, has a long history in this state. Its use as a substitute for fruit in a newly settled country where fruit growing was limited made it popular with … Continue reading

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A Titanic Centennial 2012

Emil Brandeis. NSHS RG2411.PHO-565 (at left). Lately the news has been full of stories about the sinking of Titanic and the reissue of James Cameron’s movie about its fateful first and only voyage. Sunday, April 15, 2012, marks the one … Continue reading

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Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon

On April 7, 1871, a Union Pacific emigrant train, bearing the members of the Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony, arrived at Gibbon siding in Buffalo County and switched off a few cars that were to house the colonists until they could … 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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John Falter Jazz

One of the most interesting things I’ve discovered going through our John Falter collection in the last few years is how and how much of his personal interests, friends, and environs manifested themselves in his art.  Jazz is a great example.  Falter … Continue reading

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The Death of Col. William McCord, First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry

April 6-7 (2012) marks the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh (aka Pittsburg Landing) in Tennessee, one of two major Civil War battles in which the First Nebraska Regiment participated. Commanding the regiment at Shiloh, as he had … Continue reading

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