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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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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