"What Is It Wednesday" Revealed - every Wednesday we post an unusual artifact from our collections and encourage viewers to guess the object. While this object is not on display, please visit the newly-renovated Nebraska History Museum to see interesting Nebraska history like this on exhibit now!
Welcome to “What Is It Wednesday”! We’ll post a photo of an unusual artifact from our collections every Wednesday morning. Post your guess in the comments, and share when you figure out what it is! We’ll identify the artifact and its uses on Thursday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. County fair season is in full swing across Nebraska, so today we remember how Nebraska 4-H Clubs got their start.
Luella's Lightning Shoe NSHS 13290-1
Carol Pearson was browsing an estate sale in California when she found an old shoe containing a yellowed newspaper clipping and a handwritten slip of paper. In the article, an elderly Mrs. Luella Brown of Chico, California, recalled the day in 1904 when she was struck by lightning near Lakeland, Brown County, Nebraska. The slip of paper read, “I was born in 1894. This happened 1904.”
Today we're changing up What Is It Wednesday. This artifact is obviously a shoe, so we're not asking you what it is. Instead we're asking: what KIND of shoe? In other words, why is this random shoe a part of our collections? Do you think someone famous wore it? Do you think it witnessed a famous event in Nebraska history? Post your guess in the comments and share the photo to let other people guess, too!