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What We Found

Pioneer Social Life

Life in Nebraska as reported by local newspapers in the first years of settlement was centered chiefly in the towns and farms along the west bank of the Missouri River. ...

Pitch Pine Posts

In the Pine Ridge area of northwest Nebraska and the Black Hills of South Dakota, old fence corner posts and fence line posts are found. They measure 6 to 12 inches in ...

Floating the Platte River in Fur Trade Days

Wagon teams ford the South Platte River near present-day Hershey, Nebraska, in 1866. NSHS RG3351-32 ​ Nebraskans familiar with the Platte River would probably never ...

A Plea for Parks

In the mellow days of "Indian summer," many Nebraskans head to the park for a last dose of outdoor recreation before the chill of winter. Most of us don't think much ...

A Pleasure Trip?

Going for a spin in a new-fangled automobile was sometimes a real adventure, as this account from the 1908 Campbell Citizen attests: "The scale of prices established by ...

Plenty of Beer

Readers of the Kearney Daily Hub on August 16, 1930, must have been startled to read that there was "Plenty of Beer to be Had in Kearney and Many Imbibe it." State and ...

Political Rally

Political rallies were one of the varied summer evening entertainments popular in Nebraska communities before the advent of television. One such rally was recorded by ...

Populist Convention Reunion

The People's Party, commonly known as the Populist Party, was organized in St. Louis in 1892 and held its first national convention in Omaha that July. The party ...

Porter, William F.

William F. Porter (1863-1945), a Populist-era Nebraska legislator and secretary of state, was described at the time of his death in 1945 as "one of the most colorful ...

Postcards

The period between 1905 and 1915 is considered the golden age of postcards in America. Their one-penny price made them an attractive medium for communication, and the ...

Potato Train, 1905

Prior to World War I the Burlington and other railroads experimented with special railroad cars bearing exhibits and lecturers to spread information on modern farming ...

Pottery Making in Nebraska

The first known pottery factory in Nebraska Territory was established at Dakota City around 1859 by John B. Ziegler and Charles F. Eckhart, who were also partners in a ...

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