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What We Found

Windmills

Nebraska's homemade windmills, according to historian Walter Prescott Webb, illustrate "one of the most interesting developments of the windmill that I know of ...

Winter

Nebraska winters and winter weather have furnished ample material for reminiscences by Nebraskans. Territorial settler Clarke Irvine recalled in an account published by ...

Winter Travel – by Joseph E. Johnson

In April 1860 Joseph E. Johnson, established a road ranche at Wood River Centre, today's Shelton, and began publishing The Huntsman's Echo, the first newspaper in ...

Wolf Bounties in Nebraska

"The large number of claims coming into the [Nebraska] State Auditor's office for bounties on wolves and coyotes has led that official to make an investigation," said ...

Wolfe, Emanuel, Photographer

Nebraska merchant and photographer Emanuel Wolfe (1858-1933) used a camera to record images of his changing life in a diary of photographs. Over the course of ...

Wolfenbarger, Andrew G.

Andrew G. Wolfenbarger (1856-1923), a well-known Lincoln attorney, was for many years a state and national prohibition leader. The Nebraska State Journal of October 9, ...

Woman Suffrage

Nebraska was one of the last states west of the Mississippi to grant the ballot to women, who did not win full suffrage until 1920, when the national amendment was ...

Woman Suffrage

The greatest effort of nineteenth-century suffragists in Nebraska was their attempt to amend the state constitution in 1881 and 1882 to provide for woman suffrage. In ...

Women Artists of Nebraska

Nebraska's women artists between 1880 and 1950 left a huge legacy. Twelve of the most influential were: Sarah Wool Moore, Cora Parker, Sarah Sewell Hayden, Elizabeth ...

Women Homesteaders

The morning edition of the Omaha World-Herald, January 8, 1913, on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society, reported the "painful experiences" of three young ...

Women in Barbershops

Barbers, who once served only men, in the 1920s found that the advent of bobbed hair styles for women brought a new class of customer into their shops. The Sunday ...

Women in Management

Women have long played an important role in the hotel and restaurant industry, furnishing much of the labor that kept these businesses operating. As employment ...

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