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Flashback Friday: A Time Capsule Made of Sod

The NSHS recently assembled a team of scientists, historians, and local volunteers to salvage a sod house wall for study. The remnant of a 1903 Custer County sod house ...

Flashback Friday: Highway Archeology Program Investigates one of Nebraska’s Earliest Water-Powered Mills

The site of one of Nebraska’s earliest water-powered mills was largely lost to history, but a recent excavation by the NSHS Highway Archeology Program will help document ...

Throwback Thursday Photo, Nebraska State Fair

It’s State Fair Time! Today’s Throwback Thursday photos features elaborate exhibits created with homegrown Nebraska apples. Both exhibits were created by the Nebraska ...

Timeline Tuesday: Tractors

One of the most useful farm machines, the tractor, was developed prior to World War I. Probably the first big demonstration of gasoline tractors in the United States was ...

Timeline Tuesday: Baseball in Early Lincoln

Edward Manley, a Chicago educator, was the son of Samuel Manley, one of the five men that composed the faculty of the University of Nebraska when classes first began in ...

Vietnam: The Fight for the Land

Ken Burns’ latest documentary, “The Vietnam War,” premieres in September 2017. But in the early 1960s, Omaha TV station KMTV aired a special on Vietnam called “The Fight ...

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