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Lincoln’s 1963 Sky Park Manor had “thrilling tingle of excitement” and fallout shelter

By Kylie Kinley This article first appeared in the January-February-March 2017 issue of Nebraska History News. Illustrations are from Sky Park's promotional ...

Senator Joseph McCarthy attacks President Truman on Omaha radio, 1951

  By David L. Bristow, Editor   “You are not fooling anyone by screaming that McCarthy is lying,” said Sen. Joseph McCarthy into a KFAB microphone ...

Senator Wherry’s 1950 campaign to fire gay federal employees

As minority floor leader in 1950, Wherry called for a full Senate investigation into “moral perverts” in federal employment. Wherry said that homosexuality was a matter ...

Actor Robert Taylor testifies before House Committee on Un-American Activities, 1947

Born in Filley, Nebraska, Robert Taylor became one of Hollywood's biggest stars. In 1947 he testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about purposed ...

Willa Cather’s Real-Life Ántonia on the Radio

By David L. Bristow Ántonia Shimerda is perhaps Willa Cather’s most beloved fictional character, the namesake of her 1918 novel, My Ántonia. Cather based Ántonia ...

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