Monthly Archives: July 2014

Abbott and Costello Honored for War Bond Sales

July 31, 1942, marked the final day of Lancaster County’s month-long campaign for war bond sales. Conducted as a part of the World War II “Retailers for Victory” campaign, the drive sought to use the nation’s merchants and their employees … Continue reading

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Getting to know county history books

Are you a genealogist or historical researcher? Recently the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society) posted a helpful article, “Getting to Know County History Books” (PDF, see p. 6). Of course, Ohio histories are several decades older than … Continue reading

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Jenner’s Park Once a Popular Summer Attraction

From about 1900 to the early 1940s Jenner’s Zoological, Educational and Amusement Park in Loup City was a place for central Nebraska to gather, play, and learn. Brothers Henry and Robert Jenner, the founders of what was usually referred to … Continue reading

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How is this varnish can tied to the founding of Lincoln?

The NSHS recently acquired this artifact for its collections. It is an Autograph brand pure oil can from Western Glass and Paint Company, circa 1910. Western Glass was organized in 1890 by Thomas P. Kennard, one of the founders of … Continue reading

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We can’t win all fights

It is a sad truth: not every historic building can be saved. This was made evident on July 1st as the Omaha City Council voted unanimously to remove the Clarinda-Page apartment buildings’ local landmark designation, which had been granted in 1981. … Continue reading

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Dividing Holt County

Holt County, with its 2,418 square miles of territory, is one of Nebraska’s largest counties. Its size caused many bitter fights over county division and the permanent location of the county seat. When the county was organized in 1876, the … Continue reading

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Fred Pickering, a World War I Doughboy from Ulysses

Millions of U.S. soldiers fought and died in World War I, but Fred Pickering, a member of an engineer regiment of the Eighty-eighth “Cloverleaf” Division, was one of the very few who recorded his experiences. Pickering was a farmer from … Continue reading

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Wahoo in World War I: The Photographs of Arthur L. Anderson

The year 2014 is the centenary of the beginning of World War I. Although the war began in Europe with a chain of events arising from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife in Sarajevo on … Continue reading

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Beatrice Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle

Before automobiles and radios made the world a smaller place, it could be challenging for adults in rural areas to gain access to the kinds of cultural and educational opportunities that were common in large cities. The solution was the … Continue reading

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