Tag Archives: Summer

What Is It Wednesday Revealed – July 20 – Luella’s Lightning Shoe

Yesterday we changed up What Is It Wednesday. This artifact is obviously a shoe, so instead we asked: what KIND of shoe? In other words, why is this random shoe a part of our collections? The answer: This is a … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Chadron State Park

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. Today is Chadron State Park’s 95th birthday! Read on for … Continue reading

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Summer 2015 at NSHS Sites Has Arrived!

It’s Memorial Day weekend and the official start of the summer season at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s numerous state historic sites. So, pack up the car and hit the trail! There’s so much to gain from a trip to … Continue reading

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Summer 2015 Kids’ Classes, On the Move!

The Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln may be closed for renovation, but there’s a summer full of fun and learning for kids at a variety of locations. Learn about Native American arts, make a civil war haversack, create a pioneer … Continue reading

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Jenner’s Park Once a Popular Summer Attraction

From about 1900 to the early 1940s Jenner’s Zoological, Educational and Amusement Park in Loup City was a place for central Nebraska to gather, play, and learn. Brothers Henry and Robert Jenner, the founders of what was usually referred to … Continue reading

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Plenty of Beer in Kearney

Readers of the Kearney Daily Hub on August 16, 1930, must have been startled to read that during the hot summer days, there was “Plenty of Beer to be Had in Kearney and Many Imbibe It.” State and federal prohibition … Continue reading

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It’s Too Hot to Sleep Inside!

The lawn of the Nebraska State Capitol provided a resting place for Lincoln residents trying to escape the heat in July 1936. NSHS RG2183-725 (above). During the Great Depression Nebraskans became accustomed to living under trying conditions. People had to … Continue reading

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A Learning Vacation: Crete Chautauqua in 1886

Chautauqua grounds near Big Blue River at Crete, ca. 1885. NSHS RG2491.PH2-91 Nebraska was a leader in the Chautauqua movement, which brought culture and entertainment to rural America. Thousands of Nebraskans spent as many as ten days each summer attending … 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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Lazy Days of Summer

RG2836.PH189 (left) Are you enjoying your summer as much as the boys in this photograph? This image was captured in about 1915 by Emanuel Wolfe.  Surprisingly, Wolfe was not a professional photographer. He owned and operated a successful dry goods … Continue reading

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