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No Riding on the Sidewalk!

Tom Mooney, Curator of Manuscripts at History Nebraska ran across a booklet containing the Ordinances of the City of Beatrice, Nebraska from the year 1885 recently and ...

Huff and Puff Not Enough to Destroy This Straw Building

Everyone has heard that necessity is the mother of invention. This is best exemplified in times of war, when the necessities of a country are tested to the maximum. ...

Leap Year Once Viewed as Opportunity for Women

This Leap Year postcard from 1908 depicts a bachelor walking along a path with numerous women lying in wait. The year 2012 is a leap year, which means that it has 366 ...

Hybrid Corn Ads from the J.C. Robinson Seed Company

The Nebraska State Historical Society’s collections are full of fun advertising materials. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few examples advertising Funk’s hybrid ...

Groundhog Day in Nebraska

  From the Kearney Daily Hub, January 30, 1932. “No doubt many of our readers in this locality are close observers of ‘signs,’” said the Nebraska Advertiser on ...

At Work, Five Miles a Day, On a Scooter, In a Pipe?

If you asked most Americans what “traveling the hard way” was, what sort of answers would you get? Biking? Walking? Swimming? At NSHS, we have discovered another method ...

Skating Under Cover: Kearney’s Indoor Ice Rink

An ice skater was photographed on a frozen Sandhills lake in Cherry County by Solomon D. Butcher in 1901. NSHS RG2608-2913 (detail) (Left). Ice skating enthusiasts in ...

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