Think about the clothes you save–what are they? Chances are your family saves things like wedding dresses, christening gowns, military uniforms and other fancy or formal attire. These get handed down for a few generations (maybe) and sometimes are eventually donated to your local museum. Museums are happy to have these items. Clothing collections help illustrate styles over the years, fine local or regional craftsmanship, and even changes in textile manufacturing. However, what many museums end up with is a collection of formal and fancy attire. That’s fine but it also doesn’t allow
With that title I bet you thought this blog was going to be about the evils of sugar consumption. Nope, we’ll leave that to the countless “health” blogs. I’ve got something almost better than sugar ingestion–sugar sculpture. In the 1930s-1940s, for some reason as yet unknown to me, Victor Hnoinski built a replica of the Lincoln Veterans Hospital out of sugar! Don’t believe me? Here’s proof:
In January of 1968 the USS Pueblo, a navy vessel on an intelligence mission off the coast of North Korea, was attacked and captured by North Korean forces. One sailor was killed and the remaining eighty-two were taken captive and incarcerated in North Korea for eleven months. Two Nebraskans were on board this ship, Charles R. “Joe” Sterling, raised near Weeping Water, and Commander Lloyd M.
Straw stuffed goose decoy made sometime between 1941 and 1958 by John Albert Lundgren, one of Nebraska’s few nationally marketed decoy manufacturers.
Looking in to the exhibit "Beauty in Hard Times: Depression Era Quilts in Nebraska"
Museum artifacts can be beautiful. Museum artifacts can be plain. Plain museum artifacts can sometimes represent ugly ideas. It is rare, however, to come across a museum artifact that is, in actuality, literally ugly. Ah, but we’ve found one! Thanks to staff member Dale Bacon, who is our go-to-guy for all things weird, spooky, or paranormal, and his sleuthing, the Society is now the proud owner of one of the ugliest artifacts I’ve ever seen.
Private's Spanish American War Era Sack Coat; Source: C.C. Sheldon, Columbus, Nebraska