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A “Lady Patrolman” in Omaha?

By 1970 the Omaha Police Department had a few “policewomen,” but they were not allowed in cruisers and were not full police officers, or “patrolmen” as the city called ...

Throwback Thursday Photo, Santa’s Helpers from Fort Robinson, Christmas 1946

Santa is on his way! In today’s #ThrowbackThursday photo, a team of nine huskies pull Santa’s “sleigh” during a 1946 Christmas parade in Crawford, Nebraska. The huskies ...

Hallmark Cards and their Nebraska Roots

Read more about the Hall Brothers and the beginning of Hallmark in this Nebraska History Magazine article from 2008.     Looking back to his ...

How a Nebraska company changed Americans’ eating habits

Gerry Thomas, University of Nebraska alumnus and salesman for Omaha-based C. A. Swanson and Sons has been credited with inventing the TV Dinner in 1954. The concept ...

Kool-Aid Invented in Hastings, Nebraska

Hastings inventor Edwin Perkins had problems marketing his Fruit Smack, a liquid drink concentrate. Packaged in bottles, the product was expensive to ship and often ...

Earth Day is held on which famous Nebraskan’s birthday?

From the treeless plains came a holiday to celebrate the tree. In 1872 J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska City proposed the first Arbor Day. The State Board of Agriculture ...

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