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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 ...

Almanacs and Weather Forecasts

Almanacs were standard literature in most Nebraska homes in the late 1800s and well into the 1900s. These calendar-like handbooks were compendiums of odd bits of ...

Throwback Thursday Photo, Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Today’s Throwback Thursday photograph features members of Volunteers of America ready to distribute Thanksgiving baskets to families in need in ...

For Your Enjoyment: Thanksgiving Foods from 1914

Did you ever wish you could step into a time machine and return to 1914, just over one hundred years ago, to join the celebration of Thanksgiving? What might the holiday ...

A Blustery Valentine Thanksgiving

In 1886, the weather stranded area travelers and forced the cancellation of a Thanksgiving entertainment in Valentine.   President Grover Cleveland in a ...

Turkey Day in Holdrege

We have film of live turkeys being thrown from a rooftop in Holdrege in 1939. The Turkey Day promotion had a simple rule: any turkey you caught was yours to cook for ...

Thanksgiving at the Fort, 1939

Fort Robinson served as the army’s “Remount Depot,” providing trained horses and mules for the troops. The fort’s holiday feasts were an occasion for dress uniforms and ...

First radio broadcast of a Husker football game, Nov. 5, 1921

Long before Lyell Bremser first shouted “Man, woman, and child, did that put ’em in the aisles!,” Pittsburgh radio station KDKA made Husker history on November 5, 1921, ...

History Nebraska Receives $350,000 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant

The National Park Service has awarded $350,000 from the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant to History Nebraska (P22AP01544). The State Historic Preservation Office ...

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