Monthly Archives: May 2017

Timeline Tuesday: Harrison Johnson’s History of Nebraska

“Our work is done,” wrote Harrison Johnson (1822-1885) as he concluded his History of Nebraska, published in 1880. “The volume is completed, and only awaits the Introduction. The printers are clamoring for this, and only a few more lines and … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Old Dodge School, World War II P.O.W. Branch Camp

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. Location 323 W 1st St, Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 40.922698, -98.34188 Marker Text Old Dodge School served as one … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: “I Don’t Know What We’d Have Done Without the Indians”

By: David Bristow A labor shortage during World War I left western Nebraska potato farmers facing the loss of their crop. They brought in Lakota (Sioux) Indians as harvesters, beginning a tradition that lasted from 1917 through the 1950s. The … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Drought and Depression in 1890s Nebraska

Nebraska in the early 1890s suffered from protracted drought, and farm prices fell to new lows. Conditions were so unfavorable that immigration, which had more than doubled the state’s population in the 1880s, almost ceased. Nebraska’s population only increased by … Continue reading

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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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