Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Organization of Nebraska Territory

The Kansas-Nebraska Act, signed into law 160 years ago on May 30, 1854, by President Franklin Pierce, was closely related to national and sectional politics in the 1850s. The incentive for the organization of the territory, which would establish territorial … Continue reading

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Try These Substitutes for Brandy

Readers of The Nebraska Issue (Lincoln), official organ of the Anti-Saloon League in this state, were once counseled on avoiding alcohol and other drugs in their daily lives. The November 1907 Issue included Dr. J. J. Ridge’s brief article on … Continue reading

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William Jennings Bryan and the Russians

During his years in Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan welcomed many foreign visitors to the city and often entertained them at his home, Fairview. In 1907 his guests included two distinguished Russians who were giving public lectures to publicize unfavorable political … Continue reading

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Nebraska Photographers in Convention

“Lincoln today and for several days will be in the hands of the picture takers,” said the Omaha Bee on May 14, 1903, “for at this time the photographers from all over the state are holding their fourteenth annual convention.” … Continue reading

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Variety of Enclosed Forts on the Northern Plains

Perhaps the most common question asked of staff at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, is “Where’s the fort?” Visitors who are only familiar with Hollywood depictions of forts are often surprised to discover that typical forts on the northern plains had no … Continue reading

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Buy a Meal, Win a Car

Richi Ugai, the proprietor of the Palace Café and Hotel in North Platte, was an innovator when it came to advertising. In 1914, the June 26 issue of the North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune explained the guidelines for the Palace Café’s … Continue reading

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No More Ten-cent Shaves

The idea of a man shaving himself was still novel to many Omahans in 1899. Although the first American safety razors dated to the 1880s, many men preferred to leave this delicate process to their barbers—until the rising cost of … Continue reading

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Feeding Us: The Story of Two Japanese Cafés

At the turn of the century the western railroad industry’s thirst for cheap labor dwindled, leaving thousands of unskilled Chinese and Japanese laborers without a means to support themselves and their families. In Nebraska, about 700 Issei (first generation Japanese … Continue reading

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