Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s in Paris for a Nebraska Soldier

The Cornhusker, yearbook of the University of Nebraska, in 1918 was dedicated to “Nebraskans—Students, Alumni, Faculty—here and over there” who were serving in World War I. Included was a series of “Camp Sketches” consisting of letters and reports from servicemen … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Holidays with the Cumings

Omaha in 1854 was a village without churches and social organizations, but Margaret Cuming, widow of Thomas B. Cuming, who was acting governor of Nebraska Territory (1854-55, 1857-58), remembered celebrating Christmas there. “As I now recall it, we had no … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s “Ghost” Counties

It seems that one incorrect map led to more than a decade of confusion regarding six nonexistent counties in Western Nebraska. How did such a mistake happen? In the Winter 2014 issue of Nebraska History Brian P. Croft explores the … Continue reading

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Midwest Archives Conference Presidents’ Award

Has an individual or organization in your community done extraordinary work or given support for your archives? If so, consider nominating him or her for a Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) Presidents’ Award. The award has been established to recognize significant … Continue reading

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Shot Down Over the South China Sea: Recollections of WWII

It took luck, skill, friendly Filipinos, and contracting malaria for U.S. Navy Ensign John “Dugie” Doyle to survive World War II. In the Winter 2014 issue of Nebraska History, you can read Doyle’s recollections of the war as told to … Continue reading

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Celebrating Nebraska’s Semicentennial, 1867-1917

The fiftieth anniversary celebration of the admission of Nebraska into the Union in 1867 took place in 1916 and 1917. John L. Webster of Omaha, then president of the Nebraska State Historical Society, was the instigator of the event. As … Continue reading

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“The Climate is Awful Cold”: Judge Edward Harden in Nebraska Territory

When Nebraska Territory was organized in 1854 one of the judicial appointments went to Edward Randolph Harden of Georgia. A lawyer active in local Democratic Party politics, Harden was serving as a railroad station agent at Ringgold, Georgia, when he … Continue reading

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Give the Gift of History This December

Take a break from your holiday shopping and check out the Winter Issue of Nebraska History magazine, sure to please the readers on your gift list. Here’s what’s included: “Lum’s Boy”: The World War II Recollections of John R. “Dugie” … Continue reading

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Omaha Bankers Asked: Does Money Spread the Flu?

Nebraska’s last great epidemic was the Spanish influenza of 1918, but the earlier flu pandemic of 1889-90 also affected the state. The first outbreak was reported in Russia and spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere. By December 21, 1889, the Omaha … Continue reading

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