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Beatrice Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle

Before automobiles and radios made the world a smaller place, it could be challenging for adults in rural areas to gain access to the kinds of cultural and educational opportunities that were common in large cities. The solution was the … Continue reading

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A Birdman at the Fair

Charles F. Walsh and his plane at Chadron, September 13, 1911. NSHS RG3340.PH3-49 The star attraction of the 1911 Dawes County Fair in Chadron, held September 12-15, was the twice-daily exhibition flights by barnstormer Charles F. Walsh (1877-1912)., a native … Continue reading

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The Milkman’s Horse

This milk delivery wagon, photographed in Lincoln on April 6, 1942, is a mixture of old and new: rubber tires, a glassed-in compartment for the driver—and a horse for power. This Beatrice Creamery Company horse was stabled at 8th and … Continue reading

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No Riding on the Sidewalk!

I ran across a booklet containing the Ordinances of the City of Beatrice, Nebraska from the year 1885. I thought I would share a few items of interest. Ordinances for the City of Beatrice, 1885 (NSHS RG308) According to Ordinance … Continue reading

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How Shall We Make Beatrice Grow?

How does one transform a prairie town into a thriving cultural center? When a town desires to strengthen the moral fiber of its citizens, protect its young people from vice, and attract the “most desirable class of people” what route … Continue reading

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A Little Piece of Music History

The Library/Archives recently acquired a scrapbook relating to Donald Abbott of Beatrice and then Lincoln, Nebraska. Abbott was born in Illinois in 1912 and later moved with this family to Beatrice. He played cornet in the school band and became … Continue reading

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The Naming of Beatrice, Nebraska

On April 22, 1857, on board the steamer Hannibal anchored on the Missouri River, a small group of passengers met to form a settlement organization, which they named “The Nebraska Association.” One of the organization’s first orders of business was … Continue reading

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The Beatrice Starch Manufacturing Company

The NSHS Archives holds a small collection relating to the Beatrice Starch Manufacturing Company of Beatrice, Nebraska. The collection consists of a minute book which records minutes of meetings, by-laws, stockholder information, etc. Also included are photocopies of a corn … Continue reading

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