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Made in Nebraska: Vineyards

(Published April 1, 2003) A recent boom in Nebraska vineyards harkens back to an earlier time when grape vines were plentiful. In 1879 there were 84,000 vines ...

New Washington in Nebraska

Moses H. Sydenham (1835-1907) had a long and eventful life as a freighter, newspaperman, postmaster and storekeeper at Fort Kearny, and settler in the Platte valley. In ...

1,733 Miles from Where? Kearney, Nebraska’s 1733 Identity

By David L. Bristow, Editor Kearney has long promoted itself as the “Midway City” located halfway between the coasts, exactly 1,733 miles from both Boston and San ...

J. Sterling Morton creates Arbor Day

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10 of that year be set aside for tree ...

Husker football allowed only one radio broadcast per season in the 1930s

  By David L. Bristow, Editor Why did the University of Nebraska broadcast only one Cornhusker football game a year? It was about money. In September ...

Throwback Thursday Photo, Kearney Cotton Mill

Take a peek inside the Kearney Cotton Mill in today’s Throwback Thursday Photograph. Construction on the Mill started in 1890 by the Cumnock brothers (A. G., John, J. ...

Marker Monday: Custer County’s First Courthouse

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight moments and places in our state's past. Today, we're focusing on the private residence that eventually became Custer ...

Malcolm X Selected to Nebraska Hall of Fame

September 12, 2022 The Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission today selected Malcolm Little, also known as Malcolm X and El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, as the next member of the ...

The Abbotts Play Host to Susan B. Anthony

Nebraska lawyer Othman Abbott and his wife, early settlers in Grand Island, shared an interest in women's rights. In his Recollections of a Pioneer Lawyer, published by ...

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