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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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“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: Arbor Day Origins

Arbor Day began inauspiciously as one of a number of efforts to encourage the planting of trees in barren Nebraska. The State Board of Agriculture had offered a prize of $50 for the best and largest grove of timber planted … Continue reading

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Nebraska History Spring Issue: Part 4 1967-Present

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 4: … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: April Fools in Omaha in 1886

“Yesterday there were numerous pranks played in observance of April Fool day,” said the Omaha Daily Bee on April 2, 1886, “but most of them were such as have been repeated year after year since jokes were first known.” These … Continue reading

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Nebraska History Spring Issue: Part 3 1917-1966

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 3: … Continue reading

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Nebraska History Spring Issue: Part 2 1867-1916

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 2: … Continue reading

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“he will not last.long”

On March 4, 1887, the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill creating a “State Soldiers’ Home,” to be located in Grand Island. Its first Civil War veteran was admitted to the brand new facility in June of 1888. A Nebraska Veterans’ Home … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Statehood

In celebration of Nebraska 150th anniversary of statehood we are providing sources  for more information on Nebraska’s statehood. January, February, March 2017 Nebraska History Issue (see pages 8 and 9) Nebraska’s founding documents tell the story of the territory’s controversial … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Nebraska Exhibit Opens 6:00 p.m. March 1

Exhibit Opening at Nebraska History Museum Nebraska will celebrate 150 years of statehood throughout 2017, but the birthday bash at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln starts at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1.  “The Legacy of Nebraska: Paintings by Todd … Continue reading

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