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Flashback Friday: Historic Soddies as Modern Dwellings

Can you imagine living in a sod house—not as a pioneer, but as a modern person? Some people do, and some e pioneer-era soddies survive as modern dwellings. Most of our fieldwork on historic sod buildings is concerned with redundant … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Chimney Rock

Welcome back 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 amanda.chait@nebraska.gov. Location:  Nebraska 92 Scenic, Bayard, Morrill County, Nebraska; 41.720471, -103.3390 … Continue reading

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Like Father, like Son: Dressing By the Numbers

The Coryells were a prominent Lincoln family with roots in Nemaha County. Perhaps some of you have visited Coryell Park near Brock, which the family created and opened to the public. Levi Leland Coryell Sr. and his son, Levi Leland … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Two B-24 Liberators Crash Near Milligan, 1943

Welcome back 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 amanda.chait@nebraska.gov. Location:  Nebraska Highway 41, north of Milligan, Fillmore County, … Continue reading

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Victorian Symbolism for Death

One way that historians study social history is by looking at the way people deal with commonplace happenings in their lives. For example, no one can escape dying. Attitudes and customs relating to death and dying tell a lot about … Continue reading

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From the Kitchen Table to Congress: Doris Royal’s Tax Campaign

“Do you realize I haven’t contributed a dime to this farm today according to the IRS?” Doris Royal told her husband after a twelve-hour day pitching hay and feeding cattle. Starting in 1975, Royal launched a prolonged, but ultimately successful … Continue reading

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NSHS Awards 2015

Last Friday was the Nebraska State Historical Society’s 137th Annual Meeting and its annual award luncheon. We were thrilled to celebrate the year with a packed room of lovers, makers, and preservers of history. For those who weren’t able to join … Continue reading

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Did Nebraska’s James Iler Discover Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)? and Other Tales of Life and Death in Territorial Nebraska

In 1860 James Iler of Otoe County decided to take two wagonloads of goods to Denver. Freighting to the gold mining camps in present Colorado was then a mainstay of Nebraska Territory’s economy. Iler’s wife, Sarah, and his four small … Continue reading

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Masonry in the First Nebraska Regiment, 1863-66

An unusual sidelight to the story of the First Nebraska Regiment during the Civil War is how a number of Nebraska Masons managed to maintain their participation in the brotherhood while serving with the regiment in the field and also … Continue reading

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Nebraska Nicknames

The selection in 2005 of a final design for the Nebraska quarter, winnowed from thousands of suggestions Nebraskans submitted, reminded us of just how seriously we take the symbols and slogans that represent our state to outsiders. Do we want … Continue reading

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