Author Archives: Brittany Hamor

The Walter Savidge Amusement Company

Traveling shows were a popular form of entertainment in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  They came in all shapes and sizes and could consist of anywhere from one person to hundreds of employees.  Some … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Gaining and Losing: James C. Dahlman and William Howard Taft

   James C. Dahlman, the colorful “perpetual mayor of Omaha,” made a jovial offer to President William Howard Taft just prior to Taft’s brief visit to Omaha in September of 1909. Mayor Dahlman, said the Omaha Daily News of August … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Scotts Bluff Army Air Field

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers.  Location Apron Dr, Western Nebraska Regional Airport (BFF), Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 41.869937, -103.5942 Marker Text During World War II, … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Army’s Achilles’ Heel in the Civil War Plains Campaigns of 1864-65

On August 18, 1864, after hastily re-mustering at Omaha from their veteran furloughs, the men of the First Nebraska Volunteer Cavalry left for Fort Kearny. Instead of returning to Arkansas where it had spent the first half of 1864, the … Continue reading

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“Then the Burnings Began”: Omaha’s Urban Revolts and the Meaning of Political Violence

“The Negro in the Midwest feels injustice and discrimination no less painfully because he is a thousand miles from Harlem.” —David L. Lawrence In August 2014 many Americans were alarmed by scenes of fire and destruction following the death of Michael … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Canning the Way to Victory

During American participation in World War I the U.S. Food Administration, under the direction of Herbert Hoover, launched a massive campaign to persuade Americans to economize on food and to grow gardens in their backyards. Housewives were urged to “can … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Historic Lodgepole Creek Valley

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers.  Location Interstate 80, Chappell, Deuel County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 41.093111, -102.5227 Marker Text Here is the valley of Lodgepole Creek through which … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Nebraska Statesman: The People Behind the Picture

Perhaps the most memorable thing about the Nebraska Statesman, published in Broken Bow from 1885 through the end of 1890, was Solomon D. Butcher’s arresting photograph, taken in 1886 when the town was booming. The Statesman may not have been … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Human Nature at the Marriage License Bureau

“No other department in the court house offers such an excellent field for the study of human nature as the marriage license bureau,” wrote an observant Omaha Daily Bee reporter on January 10, 1900, “and the man who issues the … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Burton’s Bend

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. Location Grand Army of the Republic Hwy, Holbrook, Furnas County, Nebraska View this marker’s location 40.307402, -100.0015 Marker Text Faced with the great influx … Continue reading

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