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Revealing History

  Using Digital Technology to Learn More about Our Past Digital technology is shedding new light on previously hidden information. Nebraska photographer Solomon D. ...

Solomon D. Butcher Collection

  Nebraska photographer Solomon D. Butcher produced, over the course of nearly forty years, a record of the settlement of the Great Plains that is both unique and ...

Sylvester Rawding sod house

Sylvester Rawding sod house, north of Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska, 1886  Solomon D. Butcher, photographer [RG2608.PH1784] Over the years several myths grew up ...

Revealing History, unidentified family

Unidentified family near West Union, Nebraska, 1886 Solomon D. Butcher, photographer. [RG2608.PH-1100] Until this glass plate negative was scanned, the information ...

John Curry Homestead

The John Curry homestead near West Union, Custer County, Nebraska, 1886, Solomon D. Butcher, photographer. RG2608.PH1048   Known in Nebraska as "Nebraska ...

Harvey M. Pickens

Harvey M. Pickens, Ortello Valley, Custer County, Nebraska, 1889 Solomon D. Butcher, photographer [RG2608.PH-1523.] Surprise! Adjusting the light and dark levels, ...

Overton Grocery Store

Grocery store in Overton, Dawson County, Nebraska, 1904 Solomon D. Butcher, photographer [RG2608.PH2556] Using imaging technology, we are able to look throught the ...

Chrisman Sisters, Women Homesteaders

The Chrisman sisters near Goheen settlement on Lieban Creek, Custer County, Nebraska, 1886 Solomon D. Butcher, photographer [RG2608.PH-1053] Solomon D. ...

Grand Pa Dailey

"Grand Pa" Dailey, possibly in Milburn, Nebraska, 1886 or 1887 Solomon D. Butcher, photographer [RG2608.PH-1036]   The information shown in this close-up is ...

Frank Moore homestead

Frank Moore, Sargent, north Custer County, Nebraska, 1887 Solomon D. Butcher, photographer [RG2608.PH-1244]   Look closely. How many people do you see? Mr. and ...

Anton Smock farm

Anton Smock and his farm near Oconto, Custer County, Nebraska, 1904 Solomon D. Butcher, photographer [RG2608.PH-1764] This glass plate negative is 6 inches tall by 8 ...

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