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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 ...

When author Bess Streeter Aldrich brought Hollywood to Nebraska

By David L. Bristow, Editor Many Nebraskans remember when Terms of Endearment held its world premiere in Lincoln on November 22, 1983. The movie was partly filmed ...

How Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich rescued her local bank during the Great Depression

By David L. Bristow, Editor   Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881-1954) was the bestselling author of books such as The Rim of the Prairie and A Lantern in Her ...

Pershing the Martinet

By David L. Bristow, Editor Was Gen. John J. Pershing a ruthless martinet or a man whose dignified military bearing inspired respect and even adoration? Opinions ...

“Cocaine fiends” in Omaha, 1907

Advertisement for medicinal drops to relieve toothache, Lloyd Manufacturing Co., 1885. Courtesy National Library of Medicine Cocaine was once touted for its ...

Marker Monday: Mari Sandoz in Lincoln

Marker Text Mari Sandoz (1896-1966), Nebraska historian and novelist, lived at this site, 1226 J Street, from 1925 to 1937. Here in 1928, she began writing Old Jules, ...

Nebraska’s Lake Monster- Giganticus Brutervious

Swimmers in Nebraska ponds, lakes, and waterways face typical summer hazards such as sunburns, snapping turtles, and thunderstorms, but at least they don’t have to ...

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 ...

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