Monthly Archives: July 2012

Gasohol – The First Time Around

This photograph, from the MacDonald Studio of Lincoln and now in the collection of the Nebraska State Historical Society, shows cars belonging to Nebraska Governor Charles W. Bryan (left) and the Merrick County sheriff at the Earl Coryell station, Fourteenth … Continue reading

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It’s Too Hot to Sleep Inside!

The lawn of the Nebraska State Capitol provided a resting place for Lincoln residents trying to escape the heat in July 1936. NSHS RG2183-725 (above). During the Great Depression Nebraskans became accustomed to living under trying conditions. People had to … Continue reading

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Why Are These Boys Laughing?

NSHS RG716-31-1 (above) Frederick Blaine Humphrey, who photographed these laughing boys about 1915, was born in New York State in 1876, came to Lincoln with his family as a child, and took a law degree from the University of Nebraska … Continue reading

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Bat and Bible

With the family Bible on father’s knee and a baseball bat under the youngest daughter’s chair, these Nebraska homesteaders are ready for anything Custer County can pitch at them. Photographer Solomon Butcher identified the photo, taken in 1892, as J. … Continue reading

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A Learning Vacation: Crete Chautauqua in 1886

Chautauqua grounds near Big Blue River at Crete, ca. 1885. NSHS RG2491.PH2-91 Nebraska was a leader in the Chautauqua movement, which brought culture and entertainment to rural America. Thousands of Nebraskans spent as many as ten days each summer attending … Continue reading

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The Ruins along Highway 2

Highway 2 through the Sandhills is one of Nebraska’s most scenic drives. Deep in the Sandhills lakes country, near the tiny town of Antioch, stand desolate, oddly-shaped concrete ruins visible from the highway—as if Antioch had once been a much … Continue reading

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Let Freedom Ring: The Liberty Bell in Nebraska

The Liberty Bell came to Lincoln in July 1915. Photo from private collection. Besides serving as a popular attraction and patriotic symbol at the two world’s fairs held in Philadelphia (to celebrate the United States centennial in 1876 and sesquicentennial … Continue reading

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