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.

Plant Trees, Get Land for Free

March 3: On this date in Nebraska (and U.S.) history the Timber Culture Act became federal law. The 1873 provision allowed homesteaders to acquire 160 acres of land by planting 40 acres of trees and tending them for 10 years. Nebraska Senator Phineas W. Hitchcock introduced the bill.  "The Tree Planters’ State” became Nebraska’s official state name some twenty-two years later.

The One-Day Wonder

On this day in Nebraska history, (March 2, 1867, to be exact), Turner M. Marquett took the oath of office to become the brand new state of Nebraska’s brand new (and first) U. S. Representative. The congressional session ended the next day, March 3, leaving the new representative with the distinction of having the shortest term of any Nebraska congressman.

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