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Nebraska’s First Jewish Newspaper

By Breanna Fanta, Editorial Assistant (2021) “Newspapers are said to be the first draft of history.” A short-lived twentieth-century newspaper now provides ...

Christmas Postal Rush

"One great trouble with the Christmas business,” remarked the Nebraska State Journal of December 24, 1892, “is the habit formed by the great unthinking public of waiting ...

Marker Monday: Burlington Depot

Marker Text Built in 1897, the main section of Red Cloud’s Burlington Depot contained sleeping quarters on the second floor, and freight room, agent’s office, and ...

Reviving “Lucy” the Milliner’s Doll

A delicately detailed doll named “Lucy” has been in the History Nebraska collection since the mid-1900s. She originally belonged to a woman named Ida Epley Davis, who ...

Marker Monday: Historic Kearney

Marker Text In 1847 Brigham Young led the first migration over the Morman Trail along the north bank of the Platte River, and in 1866 the Union Pacific Railroad ...

Why Kearney, Nebraska, will become a second Minneapolis (1889)

Kearney was booming in 1889 when city boosters commissioned a promotional book entitled The City of Kearney, Nebraska. A copy of this boastful, lavishly illustrated book ...

Siouan Archeology

Nebraska has an archeological record of a few Siouan-Speaking tribes (Omaha, Ponca, Oto, Ioway, Missouria) that lived in earthlodge villages. By Breanna Fanta, ...

Marker Monday: Mitchell & Ketchum Homesteads

Marker Text The most infamous Nebraska showdown between settlers and cattlemen began in 1878 on the Custer County homesteads of Luther Mitchell and Ami Ketchum, ...

The Huskers on Thanksgiving 1922 and The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame

Final game at Nebraska Field, November 30, 1922. RG2758-105-10 ​It was the final game of the season. Notre Dame came to Lincoln to face Nebraska in front of 16,000 ...

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