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Flashback Friday: The 1968 Nebraska Republican Primary

Most political headlines in late 1967 and early 1968 centered on the Democrats: Senator Eugene McCarthy’s surprise showing in the New Hampshire primary, President Lyndon ...

William Jennings Bryan, Billy Sunday, and the Prohibition Party Ticket of 1920 ∙ Patricia C. Gaster

“We have come together to select a burial lot for John Barleycorn,” said Virgil G. Hinshaw in his opening address to Prohibition Party delegates on July 21, 1920. The ...

Timeline Tuesday: Free Auto Camps

Long distance travel in the early days of the automobile was difficult, and comforts along the way were few. Motorists pitched their own tents and cooked their own meals ...

Flashback Friday: Ann Lowe and the Intriguing Couture Tradition of Ak-Sar-Ben ∙ Margaret Powell

During the 1960s, one of the most respected couture designers on the New York fashion scene was also one of its least known. Ann Lowe was the first African American ...

Flashback Friday: “Scopes Wasn’t the First”: Nebraska’s 1924 Anti-Evolution Trial – Adam Shapiro

The waning days of the 1924 presidential campaign found William Jennings Bryan back in his former home state of Nebraska. On Friday evening, October 17, 1924, the man ...

Early Nebraskan Coffee Substitutes Include Carrots, Okra

The lack of certain foods in early Nebraska encouraged the use of substitutes. Coffee, for example, was sometimes replaced with dried barley, rye, and corn. The Nebraska ...

Timeline Tuesday: Cowboys and Art

William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his Wild West were major attractions at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. However, a few members of the Wild West did ...

Flashback Friday: “A Celestial Visitor” Revisited: A Nebraska Newspaper Hoax From 1884 – Patricia C. Gaster

One of the oddest events in Nebraska’s history was said to have taken place about thirty-five miles northwest of Benkelman in SW Nebraska on June 6, 1884, when a ...

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