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Ten Reasons Why Women Don’t Want the Right to Vote

For much of Women's History Month, we have been highlighting the contributions of women like Ada C. Bittenbender and Harriet S. Brooks to the fight for women's suffrage. ...

Shoeing Omaha: “Attirement of Their Feet” in 1888

This advertisement (Left) for A. D. Morse’s Retail Shoe Store appeared in the Excelsior Family Directory of Omaha, 1890-91 (Omaha: Chase and Eddy). Browsing through ...

Plenty of Beer in Kearney

Readers of the Kearney Daily Hub on August 16, 1930, must have been startled to read that during the hot summer days, there was “Plenty of Beer to be Had in Kearney and ...

The Search for Better Babies

Third premium ribbon from a Better Babies contest at the 1940 Nebraska State Fair. NSHS 13161-9 “If better live stock, why not better babies?” asked a member of the ...

Bat and Bible

With the family Bible on father’s knee and a baseball bat under the youngest daughter’s chair, these Nebraska homesteaders are ready for anything Custer County can pitch ...

Why Are These Boys Laughing?

NSHS RG716-31-1 (above) Frederick Blaine Humphrey, who photographed these laughing boys about 1915, was born in New York State in 1876, came to Lincoln with his ...

A Learning Vacation: Crete Chautauqua in 1886

  Nebraska was a leader in the Chautauqua movement, which brought culture and entertainment to rural America. Thousands of Nebraskans spent as many as ten ...

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