What We Found

Hartmann in Omaha

Readers of the Omaha Daily Republican on August 25, 1881, must have been startled by the news that a man identified as "The Dynamite Fiend" had briefly visited Omaha and ...

Harvey’s Description of Nebraska

A description of "The State of Nebraska" by Augustus F. Harvey (1830-1900) was included in the Second Annual Report of the State Board of Agriculture in 1869. Harvey ...

Harvey, Turlington

Turlington Harvey was a nineteenth century inventor and entrepreneur prominent in the history of Chicago and of Otoe County, Nebraska. Harvey had come from New York to ...

Hayes, Rutherford B.

Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-93), who served as the nineteenth president of the United States between 1877 and 1881, is remembered chiefly for ending Reconstruction twelve ...

Hayes County Thanksgivings

Thanksgiving, with its combination of patriotic and religious sentiments, was a most popular 19th-century American holiday. Only July 4th was more widely observed. Even ...

Heat Wave

August 1909 brought a severe heat wave to Omaha. Daily life became a struggle to keep cool. "Every shady nook was sought and the parks and resorts at the lakes were ...

Henry D. Perky, the Shredded Wheat King

Henry D. Perky (1843-1906), a lawyer, businessman, railroad builder, and promoter, is best remembered for his invention of shredded wheat, a ready-to-eat cereal that ...

Henry Olerich, Utopian Reformer

Henry Olerich (1851-1927), a little-known utopian writer, saw his most famous book, A Cityless and Countryless World, published in 1893. It advocated the redistribution ...

Seeing Nebraska by Train in 1877

What did 1877 Nebraska look like to a sophisticated European traveler? Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg of Austria was one of the most famous travel writers of the 19th century. ...

Hickman Gets the Fair

August and September are traditional months for county fairs in Nebraska, frequently-but not always-held in a county seat town. The Hickman Enterprise in the spring of ...

Highways, Named

There were twenty-five or so "name" highways in Nebraska and on its periphery when the highway map first made its appearance. By 1924 Nebraska had instituted a series of ...

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