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Timeline Tuesday: Drought and Depression in 1890s Nebraska

Nebraska in the early 1890s suffered from protracted drought, and farm prices fell to new lows. Conditions were so unfavorable that immigration, which had more than doubled the state’s population in the 1880s, almost ceased. Nebraska’s population only increased by … 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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Timeline Tuesday:The Davey Ghost

   Tales of the supernatural are part of the lore of many Nebraska communities and occasionally surface in local newspapers. The Omaha Daily Bee on January 21, 1890, reported recent sightings of “A Nebraska Spook Which Runs Threshing Machines at … Continue reading

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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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Don’t miss the Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future”

Hildegard Center for the Arts of Lincoln has announced the 2017 schedule for the statewide Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit “Bridges” Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future,”—including related “Instructional Resources” available to Nebraska educators. The Nebraska State Historical Society is … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: The White Horse Ranch in Naper, Nebraska

Giddy up! Today’ s Throwback Thursday photo takes us to the White Horse Ranch in Naper, Nebraska in 1953. Founded by Caleb “Cal” Thompson, the White Horse Ranch thrilled audiences throughout the United States and Canada. As a young man, … 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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