One of Lincoln’s Final Acts

President Abraham Lincoln was shot on the evening of April 14 one hundred and forty-five years ago. He died early in the morning on the following day. Among the items found on his desk after his untimely demise was the certificate proclaiming Alvin Saunders territorial governor for Nebraska. The document, on exhibit at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln, may be evidence of one of the last pieces of business the doomed president transacted. Just less than two years later, Nebraska would become a state, and its new capitol would be named in honor of the slain president.

Harriet S. Brooks, Woman Suffragist

Harriet S. Brooks (1828-1888) was the most senior of Nebraska's woman's rights activists in the years leading up to 1882. She promoted suffrage in the pages of the Omaha Republican and in 1880 was one of the founding members of the Nebraska Woman Suffrage Association. College-educated and raised in Michigan, she was active in suffrage activities there and in Illinois before moving to Nebraska.

Cowboys and Art

William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his Wild West were major attractions at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. However, a few members of the Wild West did not approve of some Eastern art depicting the West. The Young Men's Journal (Omaha), on June 2, 1893, reprinted a story from a Chicago newspaper indicating that one particular statue was deemed objectionable.

A Sad Shamrock Saga

Badly Damaged Shamrocks

Mr. John W. Paul related a very good St. Patrick’s day incident which happened in Boston one year ago.  A certain Mr. McClanahan, who had been a councilman for several years and failing of re-election, started a saloon on Court street opposite Young’s hotel, which soon became the headquarters for city officials and Irish societies, imported a quantity of genuine shamrocks from the old sod.  These were placed on a large platter on the end of the bar of his saloon and were intended for the buttonholes of customers on St. Patrick’s day.

Nebraska Nursery and Seed Catalogs

With our first taste of spring, many of us are dreaming of warmer days and planning our gardens for the upcoming season.  There’s nothing like a stack of colorful seed catalogs to help get one through the last weeks of winter.   For generations Nebraskans have been enticed by seed and nursery catalogs and advertisements.  Here are a few examples from the Nebraska History Museum’s collections.

Robert S. Griswold Seed & Floral Company

The Day Nebraska Lost

On March 5, 1860, a majority of voters in Nebraska territory cast their ballots against statehood.  Many Nebraskans felt it was time for the territory to become a state, but even more feared statehood would result in higher taxes.

Free Gardens for the Unemployed

These hard times aren’t the first hard times Nebraskans have faced. And it’s not the first time community gardens have helped people put food on the table. On March 4, 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, the City of Lincoln recreation director announced that 30 acres of city land would be available for gardens for the unemployed.

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