January 2018

The Cheyenne Outbreak

The U.S. Army outpost of Camp Robinson was established in 1874 in response to the need for a military presence near the Red Cloud Indian Agency in northwest Nebraska. The camp was designated as Fort Robinson in 1878. One of the original buildings at the camp was a cavalry barracks erected in 1874. From 1874 to 1877 the building was occupied by various companies of the Third U.S. Cavalry.

Ft. Atkinson Breaks Sod in Preparation for Upcoming Farming Demonstrations

On Dec 6, 2017, a plow sliced through the sod at Ft. Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP) for the first time in 55 years. Ft. Atkinson was the first military post west of the Missouri River and was occupied from 1820-1827 before being left to slowly decay. However, the location of the fort was never forgotten. The first settlers to Ft. Calhoun took bricks from the ruins of the fort to use in constructing the first homes in the new town.

Flashback Friday: “Scopes Wasn’t the First”: Nebraska’s 1924 Anti-Evolution Trial - Adam Shapiro

The waning days of the 1924 presidential campaign found William Jennings Bryan back in his former home state of Nebraska. On Friday evening, October 17, 1924, the man known to newspapers as The Commoner spoke to an audience of hundreds at the high school auditorium in Fremont. It was one of many campaign stops he made across the state. In fact, he had already made two appearances in smaller towns earlier in the day.

How High Is That Drift?

1912 blizzard in Fairbury, Nebraska (NSHS RG2083-4-48)

The four men standing between snow banks in Fairbury in 1912 illustrate the aftermath of a snowstorm described by the Fairbury Journal on March 1 as “about the heaviest ever experienced in this vicinity.” The first man in line is resting his arm atop a drift, perhaps to impress upon the viewer how much snow has been heaped along the sidewalk.

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