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Seward, 4th of July City

Seward is known across Nebraska as the 4th of July City. Since 1868 they have sponsored a yearly 4th of July celebration nearly every year. (more…)

“I haven’t seen an honestly prejudiced person yet.” Ending segregation at Lincoln’s public swimming pool

Joseph Ishikawa came to Nebraska from a Colorado internment camp during World War II. As a city employee in 1946 he challenged a longstanding policy barring African ...

Re-Discovering Forgotten Famous Nebraskans

Who comes to mind when you are asked to name a famous Nebraskan? Perhaps Johnny Carson or Tom Osborne? Maybe Warren Buffett or Willa Cather? But what about those ...

Elvis Presley’s Last Nebraska Performance

While Elvis Presley, famed “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” didn’t have direct ties to Nebraska, Omaha and Lincoln were the sites for two of his final performances in the summer ...

No Father’s Day for Nebraska in 1915

    “For some years we have had ‘Children’s Day’ and ‘Mother’s Day,’” said the North Platte Semi-weekly Tribune on June 10, 1911, “and now thanks ...

Frederick W. Thayer’s Invention

John Nelson’s photograph of a baseball game includes a catcher with face mask in the left foreground. NSHS RG3542:PH:097-12 (at right). The catcher’s mask in baseball ...

Omaha was under martial law during 1935 streetcar strike

This is no parade. Headlined “MARTIAL LAW GRIPS OMAHA IN CAR STRIKE,” this 1935 newsreel has no sound, but shows the arrival of military trucks and 1,800 National ...

How Nebraskans Salute the Flag – A Brief History

  By Kylie Kinley, Assistant Editor (April 2016) "Shame on the men on the cover Vol. 92 No. 3. No one except the man on the back cover, middle bottom, ...

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