Monthly Archives: January 2017

Timeline Tuesday: Coal Thieves

The advent of winter at one time prompted many Nebraska householders to lay in a supply of coal. Those who lacked the money sometimes found creative ways to fill the family coal bin. From Lincoln’s Daily State Journal of January … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Blizzard of 1888

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 nshs.it@nebraska.gov.     Location 2401-2413 Nebraska 41, Milligan, Fillmore County, Nebraska … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Free Auto Camps

Long distance travel in the early days of the automobile was difficult, and comforts along the way were few. Motorists pitched their own tents and cooked their own meals in the auto tourist camps that soon sprang up along the … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Winter Quarters

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 8300-8398 N 30th St, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Fuel and Water — The Housewife’s Needs

By the late 1800s, new household conveniences were available to lighten some of a homemaker’s manual tasks. Examples are the sewing machine, first patented in the 1850s, and the carpet sweeper, which came into vogue during the 1880s. However, chores … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Elm Creek

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 119-149 W Calkins Ave, Elm Creek, Buffalo County, … Continue reading

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Late 19th Century Divorces in Seward County Claim Adultery, Cruelty, and Name-Calling

On April 19, 1890 Maggie Devore filed a petition for divorce from her husband James Devore, initiating what proved to be among the most complex divorce procedures in Seward County. Maggie charged James with extreme cruelty, accusing him of striking … Continue reading

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New artifact has ties to “The School Children’s Blizzard of 1888”; today is 129th anniversary

The Nebraska History Library recently received a donated book from a University Library in Kansas that was inscribed by Minnie Freeman Penney.  Minnie is of course associated in Nebraska with the infamous  January 12, 1888 blizzard that struck the Nebraska … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Friday the Thirteenth Superstitions

January 13 in 2017 falls on a Friday, offering an opportunity to examine a superstition that still lingers. “At first glance, Friday the thirteenth, seemed much like any other day,” said the Kearney Daily Hub on Friday, January 13, 1922, … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: The Flight of the Cheyennes

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 U.S. 20, Harrison, Dawes County, Nebraska View this marker’s … Continue reading

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