Category Archives: Nebraska History

Nebraska History Spring Issue: Part 1 Before 1867

In the latest edition of Nebraska History we are highlighting Nebraska’s history in 150 photos in four parts. In the blog we will be previewing each part, along with adding an interesting photo and caption from each section. Part 1: … 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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Flashback Friday: The Fight Over Nebraska’s State Seal and Flag

By James E. Potter A 2015 poll conducted by the North American Vexillogical Association (NAVA) ranked Nebraska’s state flag dead last out of all fifty states. It is little consolation that the Montana flag came in forty-ninth, the Kansas flag … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Rifle of Cowboy and Gunslinger Mike Shonsey Donated to Nebraska History Museum

The last surviving participant in Wyoming’s 1892 Johnson County “cattle war” was Mike Shonsey, who later died in Clarks, Nebraska. When Shonsey was a child, he moved from Montreal, Canada to Caledonia, Ohio with his parents. This is how Shonsey … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Role of Women in the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska

On a spring evening in April 1873, a large crowd gathered in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a small frame building near the southeast corner of Eighteenth Street and Capitol Avenue in Omaha, Nebraska. They had come to witness a most unusual … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s 1908 World Series Connection

Whether you’re happy the Cubs won the 2016 World Series or disgruntled your team missed out on glory, you’ll enjoy this trivia about how Nebraska was connected to the last time the Cubs won the World Series  on October 14, … Continue reading

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Sellers Award Winner for 2015 Announced

The winner of the Sellers Award, which recognizes the best article published in Nebraska History Journal in the course of the previous year, has been announced. Brian Sarnacki’s article “‘In the Biting Stage’: The 1955 Nebraska State Penitentiary Riots and … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: ‘The Greatest Gathering of Indians Ever Assembled’

For a month in late summer 1875 the nation’s gaze was drawn to proceedings at the remote Red Cloud Agency in northwestern Nebraska. Home to Red Cloud’s Oglala division of the Lakota (Western Sioux), the agency had been chosen as … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: How Hall County WWI Doughboys Communicated with the Home Front

“These are the days that try men’s souls over here,” wrote U.S. Army First Lieutenant Harold Prince from a trench in France during World War I. “The nights are generally quiet,” Prince explained to his family back in Grand Island, … Continue reading

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Reader Response to Hall County Doughboys article

We had a reader response to “The Best War I Ever Expect to Have: Hall County Doughboys’ Letters Home” by Daryl Webb, which ran in the Spring 2016 edition of Nebraska History.  Read Dr. Frank Edler of Lincoln, NE’s response … Continue reading

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