The year 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth and the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the Lincoln penny. When the Lincoln one-cent coin first appeared in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of United States coinage. It was the first regular coin to bear a portrait other than the mythical Liberty, which appeared on most pre-1909 regular coins.
Page 16 from a Sky Park Manor promotional brochure that depicts the building's fall out shelter. Lincoln, Neb., circa 1963.
Welcome to Wild Weather Wednesday. We'll post a photo from our collections depicting an extreme weather event from Nebraska's past. Lincoln has been having its own wild weather with torrential rainfall this past week, so we decided to post a photo of a storm from Lincoln's past.
The smoking ruins of Leighton and Brown's Drug Store, Lincoln, NE, circa 1880.
The front cover of the Dodds Homes catalogue
The NSHS Library/Archives is being assisted this summer by graduate intern, Nina Herzog. Nina comes to us from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is working with staff to organize various manuscript and photo collections and make them more accessible to the public. One of the collections that Nina has worked on includes the records of the American Legion, Department of Nebraska. The American Legion was officially established in 1919.
The prisoners called it a protest. The guards called it a riot. But on August 16, 1955, fires blazed and smoke billowed out of the Nebraska State Penitentiary…and the inmates’ activism could be called anything but quiet. In the Spring 2015 issue of Nebraska History, Brian Sarnacki writes about the incident and the circumstances that led Nebraska inmates to violently demand prison reform.