Category Archives: Timelines

Timeline Tuesday: Campaign Buttons of 1896

Although the hobby of collecting political memorabilia is probably as old as politics, the political campaign button first became important in the presidential election of 1896. This contest, in which Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan, spawned a … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Bedbugs

The current resurgence of bedbugs in the United States has brought the little pests once again into the limelight after decades of obscurity. Our pioneer ancestors, however, were well acquainted with bedbugs, as revealed by contemporary diaries, books, and newspapers. … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: The Bachelors’ Protective Union of Kearney

When the Bachelors’ Protective Union gave a gala reception for two of its newly married, former members and their brides in March of 1890, the social club for young, single business and professional men was already well known in Kearney. … Continue reading

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Four Nebraskans and the 1915 Henry Ford Peace Ship Expedition

We’re pursuing a nautical theme today with the blog. Read our earlier post about the Titanic’s Nebraska connections here. We love it when readers help us deepen our understanding of Nebraska history. Here reader Dr. Frank Edler of Lincoln, NE … Continue reading

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Free Speech and Temperance: Rosewater vs. Gougar

A wave of temperance feeling during the late 1880s (promoted by “dry” societies, churches, and the Prohibition Party) culminated in Nebraska in 1890 with a popular vote on a prohibition amendment to the state constitution. For many months leading up … Continue reading

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Major North’s Buffalo Hunt Ended by a Blizzard

Minnie Freeman Penney was a young schoolteacher who during the blizzard of 1888 led her pupils from their Valley County school to the shelter of a neighboring farmhouse. A collection of Nebraska pioneer reminiscences published in 1916 by the Nebraska … Continue reading

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New Year’s in Paris for a Nebraska Soldier

The Cornhusker, yearbook of the University of Nebraska, in 1918 was dedicated to “Nebraskans—Students, Alumni, Faculty—here and over there” who were serving in World War I. Included was a series of “Camp Sketches” consisting of letters and reports from servicemen … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Holidays with the Cumings

Omaha in 1854 was a village without churches and social organizations, but Margaret Cuming, widow of Thomas B. Cuming, who was acting governor of Nebraska Territory (1854-55, 1857-58), remembered celebrating Christmas there. “As I now recall it, we had no … Continue reading

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Dr. Peabody Fought Omaha Cholera Outbreak in 1867

Cholera, characterized by severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration, was the most dreaded disease of overland travelers in 1849 and the 1850s, and its possible recurrence was dreaded for decades afterward. Physician James H. Peabody, a former Civil War surgeon, helped … Continue reading

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Two Governors Welcome a President to Omaha

In 1891 President Benjamin Harrison visited Omaha on a return trip to Washington, D.C. from the Pacific Coast. Omaha’s Morning World-Herald on May 14 noted that thousands of people had turned out the day before to welcome him to the … Continue reading

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