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Dust in the Wind

Ten thousand books.  Three-hundred-and-twenty hours.  Four vacuum cleaners.  One suitcase full of bricks.  That is what it took to clean up after a construction ...

Nebraska Statehood Launched in Troubled Times

On March 1, 1867, President Andrew Johnson reluctantly signed the proclamation declaring Nebraska’s statehood. The signing ended the life of a territory which ...

How Eliza Grayson escaped Nebraska slavery

By David L. Bristow, Editor   Eliza Grayson was one of the very first enslaved people brought to Nebraska when the territory opened to white settlers in 1854. ...

Racial Politics at UNO

By Breanna Fanta, Editorial Assistant African American students fought to seize their “educational destiny” in the 1960s, but history has been slow to acknowledge ...

Sugar beet farming, circa 1940

Nebraska is known for corn and cattle, but sugar beets have long been a major crop in the North Platte Valley. Here are scenes from the farm of brothers Glenn and ...

Malcolm X in Omaha, 1964

By David L. Bristow, Editor   The Omaha World-Herald reporter seemed surprised that Malcolm X smiled so much. The famous activist was not “the surly, ...

May Day a Snow Day in 1911

  Many Nebraskans, after enjoying spring weather only a few days earlier, spent May 1 of 1911 wading through snow and shoveling the white stuff off their ...

Why are the curbs so high?

This 1902 Kearney photo shows a growing city that is no longer a frontier town. Some of the old false-front wooden buildings remain, but we also see a substantial ...

“Because I Was a Woman”: Ruth Bryan Owen and Her American Citizenship

By Breanna Fanta, Editorial Assistant In the early 20th century, women’s citizenship depended on their spouse’s status. Many women lost their US citizenship by ...

Julius Meyer Indian Wigwam, 1878

A Jewish immigrant from Prussia, Julius Meyer followed his brothers to Omaha in the 1860s and made contact with various Indigenous nations in the region. Meyer said he ...

Robert Ball Anderson’s journey “from slavery to affluence”

Born in slavery, Robert Ball Anderson became a prosperous rancher in Box Butte County, Nebraska.

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