Monthly Archives: December 2013

A New Calendar for the New Year

It seems appropriate to start the New Year by putting up new calendars. Digital versions are gradually replacing the traditional paper variety, but many people still seek out and use the “real thing,” especially if it’s obtained free from a … Continue reading

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A Holiday Treat: New-Time Radio

For the holidays, we wanted to let you know about a new way for you to find out about Nebraska history.  At the end of September, we started producing a podcast called Second Story Radio that features stories about historic … Continue reading

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Holiday Greetings and a Free Show

This crowd in front of the Husker Theater at 1444 O Street in Lincoln was treated to a free holiday show on December 24, 1948. Although the Husker’s advertisement in the Lincoln Star the day of the show stressed that … Continue reading

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Turkey from a Hog: Omaha’s First Christmases

To mark the approach of Christmas in 1889 the Omaha Bee published brief recollections by some of the city’s earliest settlers about their first observances of the holiday in Omaha. The Bee’s account, published on December 22, said: “The celebrations … Continue reading

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Christmas Trees Opposed by J. Sterling Morton

J. Sterling Morton and his newspaper staff in Nebraska City on May 29, 1899. NSHS RG1013-PH30-11 (at left). J. Sterling Morton (1832-1902) had a distinguished political career in this state, serving twice in the territorial legislature, as territorial secretary from … Continue reading

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John T. Bell’s Shorthand in the Courtroom

Before the invention of recording and dictation machines, shorthand was considered an essential skill for secretaries, journalists, and court reporters. John T. Bell, an early Nebraska stenographer and journalist, in 1889 addressed a meeting of the Nebraska Shorthand Society in … Continue reading

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“Grandma Gabel, she brought Ralph”: Midwifery and the Lincoln Health Department

By the early 20th century, most Anglo-American women had a physician present at births. However,  many rural, minority, or immigrant groups such as the Volga Germans still relied on midwives. As the Volga German population grew in Lincoln, Nebraska, difficulties … Continue reading

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The Santa Claus Survey, a Study in Child Psychology

In the fall of 1895 Frances E. Duncombe, a thirty-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska, enrolled in a year-long course taught by Dr. Harry K. Wolfe, a leader in the burgeoning child study movement. One of the course … Continue reading

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