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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 ...

J. C. Penney’s Middle Name Really Was “Cash”

James Cash Penney wasn’t a Nebraskan, and he started his famous retail franchise in Wyoming, but he opened stores in more than fifty Nebraska towns. No merchant before ...

The Nebraska Scrap Plan

The Nebraska State Historical Society recently acquired a set of Omaha World-Herald reprints containing photos and stories about the 1942 scrap drive sponsored by the ...

Lincoln’s Lindell Hotel

The image on this ca. 1909 postcard depicts the Lindell Hotel at Thirteenth and M streets, Lincoln. NSHS RG2158-411 (left). One of the most important buildings in ...

G.I. Josephine

The Nebraska State Historical Society  received a wonderful donation from the American Red Cross.  In addition to a scrapbook, photographs, and other documents, the ...

The Free School Advocate

First published by the students of Omaha High School in December of 1859, The Free School Advocate is the earliest known example of school journalism in Nebraska. The ...

The Naming of Beatrice, Nebraska

On April 22, 1857, on board the steamer Hannibal anchored on the Missouri River, a small group of passengers met to form a settlement organization, which they named “The ...

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