Tag Archives: Great Plains

Flashback Friday: Rare Photos from a Troubled Time Featured in Newest NSHS Book

Last Days of Red Cloud Agency: Rare Photos from a Troubled Time In the final year of his life, longtime NSHS curator Thomas R. Buecker investigated and wrote about a newly-uncovered collection of photographs which illustrate a major turning point … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Willa Cather Memorial Prairie

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. If you’d like to see a specific marker featured, send an email to kylie.kinley@nebraska.gov. Interested in hiking this scenic prairie? The annual Willa Cather … Continue reading

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Robert Louis Stevenson on the Plains of Nebraska

Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is best remembered for his romantic fiction, but he was also the author of colorful accounts of his extensive travels. Across the Plains, the middle section of a three-part travelogue about his 1879 overland … Continue reading

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The Changing Image of George Armstrong Custer

Lt. Col. George Custer was once considered “the model of a Christian warrior.” In the 1870s, poets called him heroic, splendid and glorious. One magazine editor called him “chief among our nation’s knights,” and in popular opinion Custer was a … Continue reading

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Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Robinson, Nebraska

In the racially segregated military that followed the Civil War, one of the first Cavalry regiments for black soldiers was headquartered in Nebraska for more than a decade. These soldiers played a notable role in social and military changes of … Continue reading

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Crazy Horse’s Sacred Bundle Buried In Minatare Nebraska

The medicine bundle of Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse is six feet deep somewhere in Minatare, Nebraska. A medicine bundle was a package that contained a man’s most sacred things – perhaps special stones, herbs, beads, or hair. The bundles … Continue reading

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Upcoming Talk and Signing for New Book on Nov. 17

NSHS has released a new book, and you could get it signed! A Brave Soldier & Honest Gentleman: Lt. James E. H. Foster in the West, 1873-1881 features the never before published journal and illustrations of junior officer James Foster, … Continue reading

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Miles, Mules, and Men: The Forgotten Front of the Civil War

Imagine your car. Now consider the amount of gas that it requires to keep it running. Picture that your car is in the middle of rural, untamed Nebraska: there are no gas stations for miles. Multiply your car into several … Continue reading

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