Monthly Archives: January 2015

Celebrating Robert Burns and Nebraska’s Scottish Heritage

The anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns on January 25, 1759, was once widely celebrated by Americans of Scottish descent in memory not only of Burns, but of their Scottish heritage. An 1876 celebration in Council Bluffs, … Continue reading

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2014’s Top Viewed Records from the NSHS Online Archives

As we look back on 2014, one of our favorite things to do here at the NSHS is to see which items from our archives spoke the loudest to the people of Nebraska and beyond. Our year-end statistics from PastPerfect … Continue reading

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Major North’s Buffalo Hunt Ended by a Blizzard

Minnie Freeman Penney was a young schoolteacher who during the blizzard of 1888 led her pupils from their Valley County school to the shelter of a neighboring farmhouse. A collection of Nebraska pioneer reminiscences published in 1916 by the Nebraska … Continue reading

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Prairie Imperialists: Expansion from Nebraska to Cuba and the Philippines

As a result of the Spanish-American war of 1898, the United States was suddenly a colonial power, untested in the administration of overseas territory. George Meiklejohn, Charles Magoon, and John J. Pershing were three men who had seen the “taming” … Continue reading

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