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Check Your Bags? Scenes from the Ogallala Depot

Among the thousands of railroad photos in our collections is a series shot outside the Union Pacific Depot in Ogallala around 1900. The photos were apparently meant to ...

Something is Happening

What, you clicked here thinking we’re going to tell you what this is all about? We will, but not yet. Soon.

What is Engineer Cantonment? And why is it so cool that we found it?

Back in 2003, NSHS archeologist Gayle Carlson quipped (in his usual deadpan way) that he could “die in peace, now that Engineer Cantonment has been found.” He was ...

Sewing the Flag

​In 1872 we held our first Fourth of July celebration. Everybody was eager to help and preparations went forward swiftly. The magnificent natural park with School ...

Marker Monday: Wild Horse Spring

Location Wild Horse Spring, Eckery, Perkins County, Nebraska View this marker's location at 40.906586, -101.7283   Marker Text Named for the beautiful, ...

Mildred Brown and the De Porres Club: Collective Activism in Omaha

Precisely at 10 a.m. on June 20, 1952, a stylishly dressed middle-aged black woman named Mildred Brown urged the Omaha City Council to “do all in their power to see that ...

The New Negro Movement in Lincoln, Nebraska

The New Negro Movement (NNM)—a term used here as opposed to the commonly used “Harlem Renaissance”—occurred not just in Harlem, and not just in large metropolitan areas. ...

Lest We Forget: The Lynching of Will Brown, Omaha’s 1919 Race Riot

A riot-crazed mob stormed the burning Douglas County Courthouse on September 28, 1919, and lynched an African American, Will Brown. The victim, accused of raping a white ...

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