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What We Found

Parking Problems in the 1920s

With the rise of the automobile came the need for parking space, an acute problem in large towns and cities in Nebraska as early as the 1920s. Journalist and press ...

When Parks Were a New Idea

Amy Nesbit at Cushman Park, four miles west of Lincoln, 1895. RG716-21-8 Should cities and states set aside some land for public recreation? Today that seems like an ...

Pawnee

In the late 1820s most Pawnee believed the U.S. Army was weak and ineffectual and boasted that in a fight "the Americans could be used up like Buffaloes in a chase." The ...

Pawnee at Fort Atkinson, 1824

In 1824 Mexican officials from Santa Fe were invited to come to the army post at Fort Atkinson to negotiate a peace treaty with the Pawnee. The delegation included ...

Pawnee Foods

The Pawnee were one of the most important Native American tribes of the Plains area. By the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they were living in circular ...

Pawnee Suffer in a Blizzard

Reports of the suffering of white settlers in winter snowstorms abound in the columns of early Nebraska newspapers. Less common are accounts of the experiences of Native ...

Paxson, Joseph

Dr. Joseph A. Paxson (1842-88), physician to the Winnebago from 1869 to 1870, left an interesting picture of the Winnebago in Nebraska during this brief period. Paxson, ...

Paxton, William A.

William A. Paxton, rancher, cattleman, and early Omaha businessman, was born in Kentucky in 1837 and moved with his family to Missouri at the age of twelve. Soon ...

Dr. Peabody’s Treatment of Cholera

Cholera was the most dreaded disease of overland travelers passing through the state in 1849 and the 1850s, and its possible recurrence was dreaded for decades ...

Peace Ship

In December of 1915 the chartered Oscar II carried an American delegation to Europe to exert moral, social, and diplomatic pressure to end World War I. The peace ship, ...

Peattie on Women Reporters

Elia W. Peattie moved to Omaha from Chicago in 1886 with her husband to work for the Omaha World-Herald. Robert became the managing editor, and his wife was an editorial ...

The People’s Party

Like this year, 1890 was an election year. And like this year, there was plenty of drama on the political scene. Drought in 1890 killed the crops, and Nebraska's ...

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