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Marker Monday: Ward Bond’s Boyhood Home

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today we focus on the childhood home of Ward Bond, an actor who ...

Near-beer and cone-topped cans: The Columbus (Nebraska) Brewing Company

Columbus Brewing Company was the last brewery outside of Omaha when it ceased production in 1954. It produced several local brands of beer, and survived Prohibition by ...

What was this 100-pound steamboat anchor doing in a central Nebraska field?

By David L. Bristow, Editor   Gloria Liljestrand-Barber found this four-foot-high, 100-pound anchor in 1985. It was mostly buried in a hayfield on her ...

For career woman in 1930, “home’s still home”

  "I honestly believe there is no sound reason why women should not be in business," Miss Loretta Larsen told the Omaha Bee-News in 1930. Larsen appeared in ...

Niobrara: A Town Too Tough to Stay Put

Niobrara had a big problem with flooding early in its history, so its residents did the only sensible thing. They moved the town. The whole town. (more…)

Marker Monday: Rebecca Winters

Marker Text Rebecca Winters, daughter of Gideon Burdick, a drummer boy in Washington’s army, was born in New York State in 1802. She was a pioneer in the Church of the ...

Maj. Helen Sagl, a Nebraskan in World War II

The Nebraska History Museum’s collection includes thousands of objects from World War II. Among them are uniforms worn by Helen Sagl while serving in the WAAC/WAC. ...

The Irish in Lincoln

St. Patrick’s Day is a good time to remember the role the Irish played in the history of Nebraska, particularly in the history of Lincoln. Well before 1890 the ...

Dust and Snow

During the 1930s, Nebraska suffered one of the most serious droughts in its history. In all parts of the state, rainfall was far below normal. The dry powdered soil ...

How Nebraska’s Bess Streeter Aldrich became a bestselling author

By David L. Bristow, Editor Bess Streeter Aldrich became a bestselling author with novels such as A Lantern in Her Hand (1928), Spring Came on Forever (1935), and ...

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