Monthly Archives: December 2016

Marker Monday: Bancroft

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. Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt is the 2017 … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Rifle of Cowboy and Gunslinger Mike Shonsey Donated to Nebraska History Museum

The last surviving participant in Wyoming’s 1892 Johnson County “cattle war” was Mike Shonsey, who later died in Clarks, Nebraska. When Shonsey was a child, he moved from Montreal, Canada to Caledonia, Ohio with his parents. This is how Shonsey … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: A Drink for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve in the 1920s saw Nebraskans unable to legally include alcohol in their celebrations. Voters in this state had already adopted a prohibitory amendment to the state constitution in 1916, which took effect in May 1917, two years … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Oto Indians

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 27702 F St, Waterloo, Douglas County, Nebraska … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: How Long Will a Sod House Stand?

There are numerous reasons why the Nebraska State Historical Society is interested in recording standing sod houses, beyond the fact they are historical artifacts rapidly disappearing from the landscape (See our earlier blog about this here). In addition to adding … Continue reading

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Don’t miss the Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future”

Hildegard Center for the Arts of Lincoln has announced the 2017 schedule for the statewide Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit “Bridges” Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future,”—including related “Instructional Resources” available to Nebraska educators. The Nebraska State Historical Society is … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Christmas at Fort Robinson, 1882

Fort Robinson provides the following holiday story of devotion and courage. It can be found in A Frontier Army Christmas, a new book published by the Nebraska State Historical Society. Martin J. Weber, an old soldier, remembered: “December 1882 then … Continue reading

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Rare Marine Shell Artifacts Found in NSHS Archeological Collections

Two very uncommon artifacts made of Atlantic coast marine shell and called ‘runtees’ are in the NSHS collection of archeological materials from the Wright Site in Nance County. Wright was a large village occupied by the Pawnee in the 1600s … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: The Savidge Brothers, Aviation Pioneers

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 299 S Spruce St, Ewing, Holt County, Nebraska View … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Early 20th Century Letters to Santa from Pleasant Hill School in Keith County

The NSHS Archives holds a collection relating to the Maunder family from Hastings, Nebraska. The bulk of the collection consists of diaries kept by Edith Maunder and two of her daughters, Vera Maunder and Ellen Maunder Ritchey. While the collection … Continue reading

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