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Recent Acquisition: Architectural Plan – Lincoln School, Norfolk, Nebraska

The Nebraska State Historical Society recently received this architectural plan for the Lincoln School at Norfolk, Nebraska. The drawing is by prominent Norfolk architect James C. Stitt. Attached to the drawing are two photos of the school as it was … Continue reading

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Celebrating Robert Burns and Nebraska’s Scottish Heritage

The anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns on January 25, 1759, was once widely celebrated by Americans of Scottish descent in memory not only of Burns, but of their Scottish heritage. An 1876 celebration in Council Bluffs, … Continue reading

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Frank James a Thanksgiving Star at Norfolk

Thanksgiving Day in Norfolk in 1904 was marked not only by religious services and family dinners, but by the “amusement feature of the day,” matinee and evening performances of Hal Reid’s melodrama The Fatal Scar. The star of the show … Continue reading

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From October through December, the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln is featuring items from the Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center in Norfolk. The Elkhorn Valley Museum features many exhibits that illustrate the history of the Elkhorn Valley and the … Continue reading

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Nan J. Aspinwall, Western Entertainer

Nan Aspinwall was famous as an expert roper. NSHS RG3513.PH6-54 (left). When Nan Aspinwall arrived in New York on July 8, 1911, after a ride on horseback from San Francisco to New York, it was perhaps the highlight of a … Continue reading

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

In the early 1900s, this bell was used on a homestead in Otoe County to call farmhands to meals. In the 1920s, it was used by WJAG radio announcer, and future Nebraska Senator, Karl Stefan to add sound effects to … Continue reading

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Roller Skating Once a Popular Adult Pastime

From Bicycle Journal (September 1968). NSHS 9778-5 (at right). A wave of popular enthusiasm followed the invention of the modern roller skate in 1863 by James L. Plimpton of Massachusetts. Lincoln had a roller skating rink by 1877, and the … Continue reading

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Spitting Prohibited!

John Nelson’s photograph, 1907-1917, of the interior of a bar includes several spittoons on the floor. NSHS RG3542-95-20 (Left). During the late nineteenth century spittoons became a common feature of saloons, hotels, stores, banks, railway carriages, and other places where … Continue reading

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Beating the Heat in 1906

(Left) John Nelson’s photograph of two couples seated in front of their tents was taken sometime between 1907 and 1917. NSHS RG3542-98-4 In the days before air conditioning, getting a good night’s sleep during the heat of summer was sometimes … Continue reading

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