clamp-on ice skates

As we enter another month of winter, here are some cold-weather-related items from the Nebraska History Museum collections, legacies of winters past:

McKinley Students with birdhouse at UNL ca. 1910

McKinley Students with birdhouse at UNL ca. 1910

Spring is here! In today’s Throwback Thursday photograph features a large group of students from McKinley School posed on the steps of Science Hall on the University of Nebraska campus in about 1910. Each student and two teachers hold bird houses they have built. McKinley School operated at 230 S. 15th Street in Lincoln from 1902-1927. 

Luella's Lightning Shoe NSHS 13290-1

Carol Pearson was browsing an estate sale in California when she found an old shoe containing a yellowed newspaper clipping and a handwritten slip of paper. In the article, an elderly Mrs. Luella Brown of Chico, California, recalled the day in 1904 when she was struck by lightning near Lakeland, Brown County, Nebraska. The slip of paper read, “I was born in 1894. This happened 1904.”

Today we’re highlighting one of the new exhibits at the newly-renovated Nebraska History Museum.

Barbara and Ralph Fox, 1943. Ralph C. and Barbara Rehberg Fox Collection (NSHS RG4701-2-116)


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