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Senator Wherry’s 1950 campaign to fire gay federal employees

As minority floor leader in 1950, Wherry called for a full Senate investigation into “moral perverts” in federal employment. Wherry said that homosexuality was a matter ...

Fort Robinson Museum opens, June 3, 1956

Dinnertime at the fort: one ton of rolled beef roasts, cooked in two thirty-foot-long, five-foot-deep pits over wood coals; 250 lbs. of hot dogs; plus pork and beans, ...

How they celebrated the Fourth of July in Bellevue when Nebraska was a new territory (1854)

  By David L. Bristow, Editor Nebraska was a newly-organized US territory in 1854. Not yet whittled down to its present boundaries, “Nebraska” was a ...

Marker Monday: The Fort Robinson Cemetery

Marker Text The first recorded interment in the Fort Robinson Cemetery was James Brogan, July 2, 1875; the last was Fred Lester, June 13, 1945. Among the 258 interments ...

Decoration Day

According to the Seward Independent-Democrat newspaper (June 5, 1913), when the head of the parade reached Cottage Hotel, just north of the bridge, a halt was made.  The ...

When the women of Wahoo’s JFK College took on the Chinese national basketball team, 1973

  By David L. Bristow May 24, 2023 Fifty years ago the women’s basketball team of tiny John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo traveled to China for a series ...

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