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Dannevirke

Arthur W. Christensen of Dannebrog, in A Story of the Danish Settlement in Dannevirke, describes the early settlement of this unique Danish hamlet in Howard County. ...

Darwin Diary

In 1849 Charles Ben Darwin, a twenty-six-year-old attorney living with his wife and young son in Paris, Tennessee, fell victim to gold fever. In the early spring of that ...

Davis, Dr. Byron Bennett

Dr. Byron Bennett Davis was one of McCook's first physicians. Born in Wisconsin in 1861, he first came to Nebraska with his parents in 1869. He was graduated from the ...

The Davey Ghost

Tales of the supernatural are part of the lore of many Nebraska communities and occasionally surface in local newspapers. The Omaha Daily Bee on January 21, 1890, ...

David P. Abbott

David P. Abbott (1863-1934), amateur magician and investigator of the paranormal, was born near Falls City but lived most of his life in Omaha. In later life Abbott ...

Dawson, John L.

Dawson County, formed in 1871, was long thought to be named for a Nebraska pioneer, Jacob Dawson, first postmaster of Lancaster (now Lincoln). However, further research ...

Death in a Well

Working in a deep, hand-dug well was risky business in the days before machinery made human descent into the bowels of the earth unnecessary. Graphic evidence of the ...

Death of Col. William McCord, First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry

April 6-7 marks the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh (aka Pittsburg Landing) in Tennessee, one of two major Civil War battles in which the First Nebraska ...

Defending the Cancan

The cancan, with its high kicks by a chorus line of female dancers in ruffled skirts, was once considered dangerous to good morals. "T. B. M." wrote to ...

Depression Living

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Nebraskans became accustomed to living under trying conditions. People had to cope not only with hard economic times, but with ...

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