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Flashback Friday: How Shall We Make Beatrice Grow!”: Clara Bewick Colby and the Beatrice Public Library Association in the 1870s

1910 photo of the Beatrice Public Library, Beatrice, Nebraska. The decade of the 1870s was a period of enormous growth and prosperity for the city of Beatrice. Founded ...

Flashback Friday: The First Frisbee Competition in Lincoln, 1957

You may have had one of these as a kid, a classic Wham-O Frisbee. Nebraska played a role in the history of this popular toy. In 1957, Lincoln hosted what was apparently ...

Flashback Friday: J. C. Penney’s Middle Name Really Was “Cash”

Grand opening of a new J. C. Penney store in downtown Lincoln, November 16, 1950. NSHS RG2183-1950-1116-2   James Cash Penney wasn’t a Nebraskan, and he ...

Flashback Friday: The Illustrator’s Pencil: John Falter from Nebraska to the Saturday Evening Post

John Falter was a Nebraska boy who made good. His artistic ability, drive, and genial nature helped him become one of the most successful American illustrators from the ...

Flashback Friday: From Our Special Correspondent, NSHS Press’s newest book

While many history textbook authors have erased humor from history, primary sources reveal that jokes and hardships together make up an important part of the past. Our ...

Flashback Friday: Our World-Traveling Beaver Effigy Bowl

One of the upcoming Nebraska Unwrapped: Selections from the Collections exhibit artifacts has traveled the world since the last time it was available for the public to ...

Flashback Friday: Highway Archeology Employee Spotlight

We’re introducing a new feature of our blog called “Employee Spotlight.” Four times a year, we’ll interview a NSHS employee and showcase their projects and explain the ...

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