Monthly Archives: May 2017

Marker Monday: Massacre Canyon

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers.  Location U.S. 34, Trenton, Hitchcock County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 40.206898, -100.9643 Marker Text The adjacent stone monument erected in 1930 was first … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Child Labor on the Farm

By: David Bristow I am a little boy ten years old. I go to school when we have school, but we haven’t got any school now. It will begin soon. I helped to farm last spring; I plowed with three … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Bootleggers’ Carnival

The passage of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed the manufacture and sale of liquor nationwide, but statewide prohibition was already in effect in Iowa and Nebraska. In 1916 Iowa went dry and Nebraska voters adopted a prohibitory … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: First Presbyterian Church of St. Paul

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. Location 901-999 8th St, St Paul, Howard County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 41.214554, -98.45951 Marker Text The congregation was organized in 1879, eight … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: History of the Omahawks

From 1972 until 1975 the Kansas City-Omaha Kings, a member of the National Basketball Association (NBA), played a handful of home games in Omaha’s Civic Auditorium. That three-year span was a rare moment in Nebraska history, a brief time when … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Saint Andre Durand Balcombe

  Saint Andre Durand Balcombe (1829-1904), a pioneer Indian agent and newspaper editor of Omaha, was a builder not only of Omaha and the state of Nebraska but of the West as well. During his association with the Omaha Republican … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: The University of Nebraska

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers.  Location Stadium Dr, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 40.818317, -96.70536 Marker Text Chartered as a Land-Grant institution by … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Great Omaha Train Robbery of 1909

By: David Bristow On a night train heading into Omaha, “two men wearing long coats, slouch hats, and dark-blue polka dot handkerchiefs over their faces suddenly appeared over the tender and jumped down to the engine,” writes Tommy R. Thompson. … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Bird Day

Bird Day was first observed on May 4, 1894, in Pennsylvania, and by 1910 was widely celebrated, often in conjunction with Arbor Day. Observances of the two holidays helped instill conservation training and awareness in the public, especially in school … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: First Site of Bethel Lutheran Church and Cemetery, June 1879

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. Location Rural R Rd, Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 40.447361, -99.30399 Marker Text Thirty Swedish settlers in Harlan and Phelps counties … Continue reading

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