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Flashback Friday: Early 20th Century Letters to Santa from Pleasant Hill School in Keith County

The NSHS Archives holds a collection relating to the Maunder family from Hastings, Nebraska. The bulk of the collection consists of diaries kept by Edith Maunder and two of her daughters, Vera Maunder and Ellen Maunder Ritchey. While the collection … 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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Holiday Greetings and a Free Show

This crowd in front of the Husker Theater at 1444 O Street in Lincoln was treated to a free holiday show on December 24, 1948. Although the Husker’s advertisement in the Lincoln Star the day of the show stressed that … Continue reading

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Turkey from a Hog: Omaha’s First Christmases

To mark the approach of Christmas in 1889 the Omaha Bee published brief recollections by some of the city’s earliest settlers about their first observances of the holiday in Omaha. The Bee’s account, published on December 22, said: “The celebrations … Continue reading

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Christmas Trees Opposed by J. Sterling Morton

J. Sterling Morton and his newspaper staff in Nebraska City on May 29, 1899. NSHS RG1013-PH30-11 (at left). J. Sterling Morton (1832-1902) had a distinguished political career in this state, serving twice in the territorial legislature, as territorial secretary from … Continue reading

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The Santa Claus Survey, a Study in Child Psychology

In the fall of 1895 Frances E. Duncombe, a thirty-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska, enrolled in a year-long course taught by Dr. Harry K. Wolfe, a leader in the burgeoning child study movement. One of the course … Continue reading

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Holiday Wishes from 1948

Staff photo of Varsity Theatre, Lincoln, in 1948. NSHS RG2183.PH1948-1126 (above). The staff of the Varsity Theatre, located in 1948 at 143 North Thirteenth Street in Lincoln, wished the movie-going public a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in the … Continue reading

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A Midsummer Christmas Eve

This Christmas card from 1880 depicted a warm-weather scene similar to one actually experienced by Omahans on December 24 in 1889. NSHS 3832-136 (at left). Freakish weather is not unique to the twenty-first century. The Christmas of 1889 in Omaha … Continue reading

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