Monthly Archives: April 2016

Flashback Friday: Would J. Sterling Morton have sacrificed his grandmother for political gain?

In honor of Arbor Day, Nebraska History associate editor Jim Potter examines part of  the political career of Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton. Some dramatic anti-J. Sterling Morton sentiments appeared in the May 23 issue of the Republican Nebraska … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Chadron State Park

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. If you’d like to see a specific marker featured, send an email to kylie.kinley@nebraska.gov. Today is Chadron State Park’s 95th birthday! Read on for … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Why Cowboy Gun Battles Were Often Shots in the Dark

Associate Editor and black powder enthusiast Jim Potter wrote this blog post. One staple of TV or movie “Westerns” is a shoot-out in a saloon. Such confrontations are often portrayed as stemming from a volatile mix of drinking, gambling, testosterone, … Continue reading

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Brown Bag Lecture: The Job of an Archivist: Meeting a Fascinating Nebraskan, Frank Shoemaker

The Nebraska State Historical Society’s Brown Bag History Forum returns to the Nebraska History Museum, Centennial Mall at P Street, this Thursday, April 21 at 12 noon. University of Nebraska-Lincoln archivist Mary Ellen Ducey will present, “Meeting Frank Shoemaker,” her … Continue reading

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Do you have a Dodds “Pattern Book” House in Your Neighborhood?

CALL FOR PATTERN BOOK HOUSES Want to explore history in your community? May is National Historic Preservation Month, and there’s a contest encouraging people to build community and learn history that Lincoln and Omaha residents shouldn’t miss! Restoration Exchange Omaha … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Central High School

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. If you’d like to see a specific marker featured, send an email to kylie.kinley@nebraska.gov. This marker was suggested by a reader, so I’m not … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Why Small-town Rodeos are One of Nebraska’s Greatest Treasures

I have ridden a horse maybe three times in my life. I don’t know how to throw a rope. I have been head-butted, stepped on, tail-whipped, chased around, and dragged by cattle, but never felt the desire to wrestle or … Continue reading

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Four Nebraskans and the 1915 Henry Ford Peace Ship Expedition

We’re pursuing a nautical theme today with the blog. Read our earlier post about the Titanic’s Nebraska connections here. We love it when readers help us deepen our understanding of Nebraska history. Here reader Dr. Frank Edler of Lincoln, NE … Continue reading

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A Nebraska “Unsinkable” Ship Connection: Titanic Carl Johnson

Over a century has sailed by since the horrific night of April, 15th 1912.  What was known as the “unsinkable” ship shocked the world when the Titanic submerged after hitting an iceberg.  Over half of the passengers did not survive, but … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. If you’d like to see a specific marker featured, send an email to kylie.kinley@nebraska.gov. While the marker text only lists one explosion, the Hastings … Continue reading

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