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Searching for Smuggled Hooch

U. S. Customs and Drug Enforcement Agency officials are kept busy these days searching for smuggled illegal drugs. Traffickers have hidden drugs in everything from ...

Second Territorial Capitol

The second territorial capitol building was erected in Omaha in 1857-58 at a cost of about $130,000. Situated on what came to be called Capitol Hill, it continued to ...

Seeing Lincoln: Civil War Veterans Remember

Abraham Lincoln's birthday in February of 1925 was celebrated by the History Club of Kearney State Teachers College with a dinner attended not only by members of the ...

Seeing the Elephant

Diaries and letters from the Gold Rush year of 1849 often include references to "the elephant" or to "seeing the elephant," which refer not to a flesh-and-blood animal, ...

Those Selfish Young Men

A daily newspaper's Sunday edition once covered local social news and trends in more detail than was possible during the week. The Sunday Morning Call (Lincoln), on May ...

Semicentennial of Nebraska

The semicentennial celebration of the admission of Nebraska into the Union took place in 1917 under the auspices of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Society ...

Senator Cody

It's that time in the political calendar when candidates and incumbents announce their intention to run for public office. Some names are brand new on the scene; other ...

Sewing the Flag

"In 1872 we held our first Fourth of July celebration. Everybody was eager to help and preparations went forward swiftly. The magnificent natural park with School ...

Shoeing Omaha: “Attirement of Their Feet” in 1888

Browsing through the advertisements in early Nebraska newspapers reveals that our grandparents and great-grandparents had a choice of fashionable footwear. "A neat foot ...

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