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Souvenir Spoons

Collecting souvenir spoons became a popular hobby for Americans in the late 1800s. Wealthy tourists visiting Europe brought home these mementos marked with the names of ...

Dan Desdunes and the Birth of Omaha Jazz

A 1924 event in Wilber, Nebraska, featured “Dan Desdune’s Band and Minstrel Show of Omaha. Colored Entertainers Supreme.” NSHS RG813-445 (at left). Dan Desdunes lived a ...

Pests on the Plains: The Potato Bug

Solomon D. Butcher’s photograph from about 1905 depicted boys working in a sweet potato field at the State Industrial School in Kearney. NSHS RG2608-749 (at left). With ...

Newly Discovered Diary Tells of Building the Transcontinental Telegraph

The transcontinental telegraph was a remarkable technological feat that had major consequences for the West and the nation as a whole. Yet relatively little has been ...

For Whom The Bell Tolls

In the early 1900s, this bell was used on a homestead in Otoe County to call farmhands to meals. In the 1920s, it was used by WJAG radio announcer, and future Nebraska ...

The Filley Ladies Aid Society Fundraising Quilt

8636-1, Source: Mrs. K.L. McGill, Lindsborg, Kansas A (right). Recently, I’ve begun researching fundraising quilts. Many typical fundraising quilts have names stitched ...

Wait A Minute Mr. Postman…

Before the Rural Free Delivery (RFD) mail system was developed, farm families had to pick up their mail in the nearest town which could be hours or days away. RFD ...

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