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Fun and Games

What kinds of indoor activities did you (or your parents) use to keep busy during those hot days of summer? (more…)

Nebraska and the Civil War: Why the Story Matters

Nebraska has a rich Civil War legacy, according to James E. Potter, senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Potter and Edith Robbins edited ...

How Do We Get There?

Today, if someone wants directions, they can just go online and find a map to practically anywhere. But this is just a recent development. Before the internet, we needed ...

On the Stage with Willa Cather

Willa Cather in costume as Peter Paragon in 1892 for a Union Girls’ Dramatic Club production of The Fatal Pin. NSHS RG2639-1-83 (at right). The Red Cloud Opera House on ...

Vacationing on a Budget in 1909

This photograph (at left) of boating in Long Pine Lake was depicted on a postcard from 1927. From private collection. “Where to spend my vacation is a problem which ...

A Picnic Mishap

Solomon D. Butcher depicted an 1892 picnic in the cottonwood groves at the former site of Fort Kearny in Buffalo County. NSHS RG2608-2908 (photograph at ...

Steamboatin’ on the Missouri

Steamboats on the Missouri River were once an extremely important means of transportation for both people and products coming to Nebraska. The Nebraska State Historical ...

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