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Throwback Thursday Photo, Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Today’s Throwback Thursday photograph features members of Volunteers of America ready to distribute Thanksgiving baskets to families in need in 1913. About thirty baskets have been posed in front of Mrs. Lush’s Dining Room at 1202-1204 P Street in...

For Your Enjoyment: Thanksgiving Foods from 1914

Did you ever wish you could step into a time machine and return to 1914, just over one hundred years ago, to join the celebration of Thanksgiving? What might the holiday meal consist of? How easy would it be for a housewife to secure everything she needed? The Omaha...

A Blustery Valentine Thanksgiving

In 1886, the weather stranded area travelers and forced the cancellation of a Thanksgiving entertainment in Valentine.   President Grover Cleveland in a proclamation issued November 4, 1896, set aside November 26 “to be kept and observed as a day of...

Turkey Day in Holdrege

We have film of live turkeys being thrown from a rooftop in Holdrege in 1939. The Turkey Day promotion had a simple rule: any turkey you caught was yours to cook for Thanksgiving dinner. https://history.nebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/turkey-toss_1.mp4 By...

Thanksgiving at the Fort, 1939

Fort Robinson served as the army’s “Remount Depot,” providing trained horses and mules for the troops. The fort’s holiday feasts were an occasion for dress uniforms and printed menus. This booklet features a three-page troop roster arranged by rank in addition to the...