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A Nebraskan responds to the abolition of slavery

An 1866 letter shows us something that’s often forgotten when people talk about civil rights history. D.H. Kelsey of Plattsmouth was living in Washington, DC, when ...

A Drink for New Year’s Eve

Douglas County sheriffs after a raid on an illegal still around 1922. RG3348-10-11   New Year's Eve in the 1920s saw Nebraskans unable to legally include ...

New Year’s in Paris for a Nebraska Soldier

The Cornhusker, yearbook of the University of Nebraska, in 1918 was dedicated to “Nebraskans—Students, Alumni, Faculty—here and over there” who were serving in World ...

Evelyn Sharp, Nebraska’s teen airmail pilot

Evelyn Sharp wasn’t Nebraska’s first female pilot, but is remembered for all she accomplished during her brief life. Sharp’s father owned a café in Ord and rented ...

The 1901 New Year

The Omaha Daily News, on December 31, 1900, reported on the city's plans to greet a new year. According to the News: "Amid imposing religious services, the ringing of ...

Bowl Games

The annual debate over the best way to crown college football's national champion is nothing new. Bowl games and playoffs were the subjects of a poll of the nation's ...

Earliest known photo of Chimney Rock, 1866

Finding a long-lost artifact on eBay was still a novelty in 2009. The story made headlines when historian John Carter discovered the oldest known photo of Chimney Rock ...

The Army’s Best Horsemen, 1940

“Thru These Portals Pass the Army’s Best Horsemen,” reads a sign above a barracks doorway at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. But one doesn’t train a horse without some, ah, ...

Turkey from a Hog: Omaha’s First Christmases

To mark the approach of Christmas in 1889 the Omaha Bee published brief recollections by some of the city’s earliest settlers about their first observances of the ...

J. Sterling Morton’s War on Christmas Trees

As you prepare to take down your tree after the holidays, here’s Nebraska Hall-of-Famer J. Sterling Morton with a cup of holiday cheer for you. Morton (1832-1902) is ...

An Ounce of Prevention

One of the most important aspects of conservation is prevention. Preventive conservation is any measure that prevents or reduces the potential for damage. It often ...

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