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The Nebraska History museum has a collection of clothing that spans almost 150 years. Some of these items have important stories to tell. Here is one of those stories.
Think about the clothes you save–what are they? Chances are your family saves things like wedding dresses, christening gowns, military uniforms and other fancy or formal attire. These get handed down for a few generations (maybe) and sometimes are eventually donated to your local museum. Museums are happy to have these items. Clothing collections help illustrate styles over the years, fine local or regional craftsmanship, and even changes in textile manufacturing. However, what many museums end up with is a collection of formal and fancy attire. That’s fine but it also doesn’t allow
Collecting souvenir spoons became a popular hobby for Americans in the late 1800s. Wealthy tourists visiting Europe brought home these mementos marked with the names of foreign cities and famous landmarks they had seen. The Omaha Daily Bee on May 10, 1891, noted: “The season of summer traveling, so near at hand, will give a new impetus to the spoon fad.
The transcontinental telegraph was a remarkable technological feat that had major consequences for the West and the nation as a whole. Yet relatively little has been written about it.