The mid-1930s saw some of the hottest summer temperatures ever recorded in Nebraska. When Ruth Godfrey Donovan and her family moved to Lincoln in 1934, the Depression and a severe drought were well underway. Donovan, who lived in a small apartment near downtown Lincoln, recalled: “Sleeping was difficult during that heatridden time. Sometimes it would be so hot inside the building we dragged the cushions from the living room couch out on the front porch and slept on them in the cooler outside air.”

Concert Trio with Donald Abbott and Arlington Brugh (RG5747.AM, p. 14)The Library/Archives recently acquired a scrapbook relating to Donald Abbott of Beatrice and then Lincoln, Nebraska. Abbott was born in Illinois in 1912 and later moved with this family to Beatrice.

From Bicycle Journal (September 1968). NSHS 9778-5From Bicycle Journal (September 1968). NSHS 9778-5 (at right).

RG2193-1950-1116-2James Cash Penney wasn’t a Nebraskan, and he started his famous retail franchise in Wyoming, but he opened stores in more than fifty Nebraska towns. No merchant before or since has come close to that mark.

10387-22-(38) detail2The Nebraska State Historical Society recently acquired a set of Omaha World-Herald reprints containing photos and stories about the 1942 scrap drive sponsored by the newspaper.  Publisher of the World-

Lindell Hotel, Lincoln, Nebraska, ca. 1909

The Library/Archives division holds a small collection of materials related to noted musician, August Hagenow.  Born in Germany in 1859, Hagenow studied the violin in Hamburg.  His first tour of the United States came in 1878 with the Red Hussar band.  After several tours of the U.S., Hagenow eventually made his way to Nebraska where he became the leader of the Funke Opera House in Lincoln.  From 1889-1893 he served as violin instructor and orchestra director of the Nebraska Conservatory of Music. Here is a concert program from the Library/Archives collection (click to enlarge).

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:


Opening day at Nebraska's first unicameral legislative session, January 5, 1937. NSHS RG2183-1937-105-1 (Left).

John Fitzgerald. From A. B. Hayes and Sam D. Cox, History of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska (Lincoln, 1889).John Fitzgerald (Left). From A. B. Hayes and Sam D. Cox, History of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska (Lincoln, 1889).

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