Monthly Archives: November 2016

Timeline Tuesday: Smoking Banned on UNL Campus in 1907

Tobacco has long been attacked by reformers and medical authorities for the damage it does to human health. The contemporary push for a smoke-free environment in Nebraska has roots in the state’s past. The Nebraska State Journal of Lincoln on … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Territorial Church, Dakota County

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. If anyone has a better photo than this one, we’d … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Preacher’s Sermon Book and Diary Includes Webster, Dawes Counties

The NSHS Archives collections contain a preacher’s sermon book and diary dating from 1907-1947. The Rev. John B. Williams held numerous pastorates during this time throughout Kansas and Nebraska. The sermon book shows that he preached at Junction City, Mayview, … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month: Artifacts from NSHS Archeology

November is Native American Heritage Month. To celebrate, we will highlight Native American artifacts in our collections every Wednesday during the month of November. (Wild Weather Wednesday will be on hiatus.) Today we are focusing on artifacts from our archeological … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Thanksgiving in Red Willow County

Thanksgiving in 1896 was celebrated on November 26, and editor F. M. Kimmell of the McCook Tribune took advantage of the holiday to reflect on Red Willow County’s recent past. “I wonder if any one has thought of this month … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Crook House

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. Location W Rd, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Lincoln’s 1963 Sky Park Manor had “thrilling tingle of excitement”and a fall out shelter

Enter a world where living is relaxed, unhurried, serene…a calm, gracious atmosphere which is not without a thrilling tingle of excitement for those who share in its luxurious appointments. – Sky Park Manor Apartments Brochure, circa. 1963 Once hailed as … Continue reading

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Reader Rescue: Can you help us tell the story of our new “Donna Dolls”?

The NSHS recently received a donation of four “Donna Dolls,” which were manufactured in Lincoln by a woman named Marguerite Polk Tapley. We know very little about them, and we hope that our readers can help us. If you have … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month: NSHS Artifact Collections

November is Native American Heritage Month. To celebrate, we will highlight Native American artifacts in our collections every Wednesday during the month of November. (Wild Weather Wednesday will be on hiatus.) Today we are focusing on artifacts from our collections. … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Coffee Substitutes Included Carrots, Okra

The scarcity of certain foods in early Nebraska encouraged the use of substitutes. Coffee, for example, was sometimes replaced or extended with such foods as dried barley, rye, and corn. The Nebraska Farmer of March 1862 included several letters from … Continue reading

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