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Give the Gift of History This December

Take a break from your holiday shopping and check out the Winter Issue of Nebraska History magazine, sure to please the readers on your gift list. Here’s what’s included:

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Shot down over the Pacific and stranded on a Japanese-held Philippine island, Lincoln resident John Doyle found himself in desperate circumstances in late 1944. Decades later, he told his story to fellow Lincoln resident Sam Van Pelt. This remarkable interview is published here for the first time.

Prairie Imperialists: The Bureau of Insular Affairs and Continuities in Colonial Expansion from Nebraska to Cuba and the Philippines, by Katharine Bjork

Three Nebraskans—John J. Pershing, Charles E. Magoon, and George D. Meiklejohn—did much to shape U.S. colonial policy in the wake of the Spanish-American War. Their views were shaped by their western frontier background, “which strongly conditioned their understanding of the relations between land and political power.”

Mapping Nebraska, 1866-1871: County Boundaries, Real and Imagined, by Brian P. Croft

How is it that four nonexistent western Nebraska counties could appear on maps in 1866 and remain on virtually all territorial and state maps for nearly a decade? The story of how this happened reveals the evolving process of county formation during Nebraska’s transition to statehood, and also shows how publishers of maps gathered information about the development of remote areas.

Excerpts from the articles are posted online at the Nebraska State Historical Society website. Join the NSHS and receive four issues a year of Nebraska History. Membership also makes a great holiday gift. Single copies of the magazine can be ordered from the NSHS Landmark Stores.


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