Monthly Archives: February 2017

Timeline Tuesday: Sleighing Fun

When pioneer Nebraskans wanted to get somewhere in a hurry, they waited for snow. When it snowed, sleighs appeared, adding ease and pleasure to winter travel. “The most pleasant of anticipations fill our hearts when we hear the merry jingle … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Axtell, (Kearney County) Nebraska

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. Location 301-399 Main St, Axtell, Kearney County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 40.478801, -99.12689 View a map of all Nebraska historical markers, Browse Historical … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Historic Soddies as Modern Dwellings

Can you imagine living in a sod house—not as a pioneer, but as a modern person? Some people do, and some e pioneer-era soddies survive as modern dwellings. Most of our fieldwork on historic sod buildings is concerned with redundant … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Butter Churning

Well into the nineteenth century butter was made chiefly by hand using butter churns, which came in many sizes and styles. Butter, the fat found in cream, is made by churning the cream, which causes the fat globules in it … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Ak-Sar-Ben Field and the U.S. Air Mail

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. Location Parking Garage, S 67th St, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 41.241576, -96.01588 View a map of all Nebraska historical markers, … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Comic Valentines

Although Valentine’s Day and the sending of love messages associated with it have roots in antiquity, the exchange of comic valentines originated in the United States. These valentines were particularly popular from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s and are … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Cedar County

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. Location 101-199 S Broadway St, Hartington, Cedar County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 42.620300, -97.26459 View a map of all Nebraska historical markers, Browse … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Willa Cather and Beauty and the Beast

The Red Cloud Opera House on February 4, 1888, was the scene of an amateur theatrical entitled Beauty and the Beast. Small-town opera houses hosted such entertainments frequently, but the unique feature of this particular play was the inclusion of … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Prisoners of War in Dundy County

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. Location Nebraska 61, Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 40.183812, -101.5308 View a map of all Nebraska historical markers, Browse Historical Marker … Continue reading

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On This Day: Welcoming Displaced Persons

Governor Val Peterson, center, reviewing relief plans during the blizzard of 1949. On February 4, 1948, the Honorable Val Peterson, Governor of the State of Nebraska, formed a volunteer committee to study the needs and desires of the citizens of the … Continue reading

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