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Wild Weather Wednesday: Greatest Calamity in History of Louisville – 1923 Flood Kills Twelve

The Burlington Railroad Track after the "Cloud Burst" on Sept. 28, 1923, Louisville, Nebr. RG0802.PH000011-000068   In 1923, Louisville, Nebraska, was having a ...

Flashback Friday Encore: Descendants of Jay Ames, One of the Last Neligh Mill Owners, Hold Reunion

A 19th-century flour mill with all original equipment intact is on display at the Neligh Mills State Historic Site.   The Ames Family Reunion took place August ...

Archives Month: 5 Tips for Locating Early District Court Cases

October is American Archives Month. 5 tips to help you locate early District Court Cases to help you with your research and genealogy. [ Lancaster County District ...

Nebraska Digital Newspaper Program Earns $200,000 Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities has granted the University of Nebraska-Lincoln $200,000 to continue the Nebraska Digital Newspaper Program with an expanded ...

10 Tips to Take Care of Your Family Photographs

October is National Archives Month. Here are 10 tips to care for you family photographs from NSHS Photograph Curator Karen Keehr Store your photographs and negatives ...

Preserving Your Family Papers

We receive calls and e-mails all the time asking us for advice on how to preserve family papers. Here are a few tips that will help to ensure your family's history is ...

Timeline Tuesday: Celery Growing in Nebraska

Caption: William Keller and his family stand in their celery field west of Kearney, Nebraska, 1904.   Nebraska farmers have often experimented with new crops in ...

Timeline Tuesday: Nebraskans’ Booze Hiding Spots

May 1, 1917, the first day of statewide prohibition in Nebraska. NSHS RG0813-40   The passage of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed the ...

Timeline Tuesday: When Nebraskans Used Creek Mud and Lemons for Greater Beauty

The 1926 interior of Miss Agnes's Beauty Shoppe, inside the Hotel Cornhusker, at 301 South 13th Street in Lincoln. RG2158-11-1   Tanned skin has not always been a ...

Wild Weather Wednesday: Niobrara, the Town That Moved Twice

Welcome to Wild Weather Wednesday. We’ll post a photo from our collections depicting an extreme weather event from Nebraska’s past. Stereoview: Missouri River flood at ...

Flashback Friday: Dog Soup Party

Dog Soup Party, Pine Ridge Sioux. RG0802.120-82   By Kylie Kinley, Assistant Editor If you search our photo collection for the word “party,” you expect to find ...

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