Monthly Archives: June 2014

Help us identify these World War I photos

The NSHS Library/Archives Reference Staff help researchers from all over Nebraska and the world answer countless history, genealogy and research questions every day.  With the vast resources available at NSHS, the answers are seemingly at our fingertips.  Sometimes, however, even … Continue reading

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Artistry in Butter

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, butter art was often featured at state and national fairs. The United States Centennial Exhibition, held in Philadelphia in 1876, included a butter sculpture, the bust of a woman, entitled Dreaming Iolanthe, … Continue reading

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Through the Lens of Wallace Rhodes

Phyllis Rhodes (1908-2003) was the only child of John Wallace Rhodes (1878-1947) and Rubina “Ruby” J. (Hutton) Rhodes (1878-1971). As far as is known, she never married and had no children. But a family need not produce a legion of … Continue reading

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The Delzell Family of Peru, Nebraska

William Newton Delzell (1868-1940) was Dean of the Nebraska State Normal School in Peru, Nemaha County, Nebraska, from 1921 until his retirement in 1938. Although he was born in Indiana, he was a Peru man to the marrow. He graduated … Continue reading

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Moving the Nebraska State Penitentiary

“The romance about the contemplated removal of the state penitentiary from Lincoln to Kearney is becoming interesting,” said the Kearney Hub on May 16, 1892. “At first it had the appearance of a joke. Now the newspapers have progressed so … Continue reading

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No Father’s Day for Nebraska in 1915

“For some years we have had ‘Children’s Day’ and ‘Mother’s Day,’” said the North Platte Semi-weekly Tribune on June 10, 1911, “and now thanks to Mrs. John Dodd, of Spokane, who originated the day, we are to have a ‘father’s … Continue reading

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Robert Louis Stevenson on the Plains of Nebraska

Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is best remembered for his romantic fiction, but he was also the author of colorful accounts of his extensive travels. Across the Plains, the middle section of a three-part travelogue about his 1879 overland … Continue reading

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