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Terms of Endearment and the Governor’s Hollywood “First Lady Friend”

The Oscars are coming up this Sunday, and while many people are looking ahead to see which of the year's films will be honored, we can't help but look back to the ...

WWI, Omaha, and eBay

By Oliver B. Pollak The war is 100 years past; all participants are dead. Thousands of stone memorials around the world honor the combatants. New-found ephemera ...

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 ...

“A Double Mixture”: Equality and Economy in the Integration of Nebraska Schools, 1858-1883

Most Americans associate the history of school segregation with Southern and urban communities, a physical distance that may create a sense of separation for some ...

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