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2014-2232 Dodge St, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska;

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Four-story building with tower sitting on edge of sparse town on prairie

The University of Nebraska marks its 150th birthday on February 15. The legislature chartered the university on that day in 1869 (though classes didn’t begin until 1871). What was it like at the early university? We’ll put it this way: if you like leaky roofs, chilly classrooms, and traditional memorize-and-recite pedagogy, you’d love early NU classes. It took time for the university to live up to its name.

This manuscript was written by Grace Stenberg Parsons. As the daughter of the blacksmithing instructor at the Genoa Indian School in Genoa, Nebraska, Parsons observed the young Native American children who attended the school on a daily basis from 1907-1911. This short memoir of her experiences gives details about her childhood growing up on the Crow Reservation in Montana and living at the Genoa Indian School in Nebraska. The original manuscript can be found in the NSHS collections, RG1298.

The Indians as I Knew Them

Last Friday was the Nebraska State Historical Society's 137th Annual Meeting and its annual award luncheon. We were thrilled to celebrate the year with a packed room of lovers, makers, and preservers of history. For those who weren't able to join us, enjoy this rundown of all the winners (and photographs taken by NSHS Trustee Jose Garcia): The Robert W.

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Last week, two of the Nebraska History Museum's docents made a bit of history. As they each led a group of elementary school students through exhibits focused on the First Nebraskans and Building the State, they gave the very last school group tours that would be offered in the Museum prior to its closure for renovation. It's the end of an era, but the newly renovated Museum (which has a planned reopening in 2016) will be even more valuable for generations of Nebraskans to come.

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