What We Found

Lightning Rod Salesmen

In the 1880s when Nebraska farmers were moving from sod to frame houses, many bought lighting rods for their new dwellings. The settler might live from twenty to forty ...

Lightning Rods

Enough damage has been caused by lightning to haystacks, barns, farm animals, and houses to make Nebraska farmers aware of the danger. During a thunderstorm overhanging ...

Lilljeholm, John

Authors of trail diaries and reminiscences rarely discuss what they expect to experience on the journey west. One exception was John Lilljeholm, who was living in ...

Lincoln City Council’s Imprisonment

A city-wide reform program under Lincoln Mayor Andrew J. Sawyer in 1887 culminated in legal maneuvering which imprisoned both Sawyer and eleven members of the city ...

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

This fall, U.S. Senate candidates David Karnes and Bob Kerrey will engage in a series of debates, some of which are patterned after the famous 1858 contests between ...

Lincoln Lot Sales

The relocation of the Nebraska capital from Omaha to Lincoln in 1867 necessitated the erection of buildings to house the legislature and state institutions. It was ...

Lincoln’s Founding

Newspaperman Samuel D. Cox with A. B. Hayes, in their History of the City of Lincoln Nebraska (1889), included an account of the first of several attempts to develop a ...

Lincoln’s Lindell Hotel

In September of 1968 the demolition of Lincoln's Lindell Hotel, then called the Lindell Palace, marked the end of one of Nebraska's noted hotels. Located at Thirteenth ...

Lincoln’s Unsolved Homicides

Nebraska voters adopted a prohibitory amendment to the state constitution in 1916, and it took effect in May 1917, two years before the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. ...


"It has been understood for some time that the Omaha papers have been preparing to replace their printers with typesetting machines," said the Nebraska State Journal of ...

Liquor’s Last Days

Nebraska law prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages effective May 1917, two years before the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed ...

Little Egypt in Omaha

Little Egypt was the stage name for several popular exotic dancers, who had many imitators. The first Little Egypt appeared at the "Street in Cairo" exhibition at the ...

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