Workers at Honey Creek Coal Mine, Peru, Nebr. RG2304-8-58
A bit of post-election humor from the NSHS collections seems appropriate just a few days before the 2016 election—but it has a dark backstory unrelated to politics. How did this piece of paper come to reside in the NSHS collections?
I recently discovered a rather strange item while editing a collection description on our website. The finding aid for our Charles E. Wood collection lists an item entitled, Stinkfinger’s Popular Illustrated Monthly Magazine. Intrigued by the title, I decided to take a look (click to enlarge).
During the six decades from 1859 to 1919, at least 45 men and two women died at the hands of lynch mobs in Nebraska while during the same period, only 23 or 24 individuals were executed according to law.