Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sailing through Fort Kearny in a Wind Wagon

This artist’s conception of Samuel Peppard’s wind wagon as it was departing Fort Kearny in May 1860, appeared in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper on July 7 of that year. NSHS RG1576-2 (at left). Samuel Peppard’s wind ship was one of … Continue reading

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The Fort McPherson National Cemetery

Photographer Solomon D. Butcher’s view of Memorial Day at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in 1911. NSHS RG2608-2926-b (right). The approach of Memorial Day calls to mind Nebraska’s Fort McPherson National Cemetery, located  south of Maxwell in Lincoln County. If the … Continue reading

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Pulitzer Prize Awarded for 1930 Editorial on George Norris

George W. Norris. NSHS RG3298-2-3 (left). On May 5, 1931, the Fremont Evening Tribune reported that Tribune editor Charles S. Ryckman had been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the best editorial article published in an American newspaper during the year … Continue reading

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Sliding to Safety

A student or teacher slides down what appears to be a flexible fire escape outside York’s Central School during a fire drill, February 10, 1910. NSHS RG2856-9-62 (above). As Nebraska communities built large, multi-story schools in the late nineteenth century, … Continue reading

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May Day a Snow Day in 1911

Snow covered the streets on May 1, 1911, in O’Neill. NSHS RG3841-5-4 (above). Many Nebraskans, after enjoying spring weather only a few days earlier, spent May 1 of 1911 wading through snow and shoveling the white stuff off their sidewalks. … Continue reading

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