Museum collections

Armadillo Basket  Source: Emil Dahl, Lincoln, 5006

Decline in Armadillo Population Linked to Fashionable Basket Increase

Armadillo baskets became popular after the 1902 New York World's Fair, where they were first exhibited by Charles Apelt, owner of the Apelt Armadillo Company (and Farm) in Texas. Apelt marketed these curios around the country and they made their way into many Nebraska homes.

Indian "Commission" Signed by William Clark 91563)

Indian "Commission" Signed by William Clark (1563)

Indian "Commission" Signed by William Clark 91563)

This 1815 Indian commission was signed by William Clark of Lewis and Clark Expedition fame. Clark was appointed governor and superintendent of Indian affairs of Missouri Territory in 1813.

Abraham Lincoln life mask (7701-17)

Abraham Lincoln life mask (7701-17)

Abraham Lincoln life mask (7701-17)

1855 colt rifle [4509]

1855 colt rifle [4509]

The plaque on this rifle reads: "This gun carried by Joseph D. Gilman, Falls City, Nebr. Enlisted Oct. 15, 1861, Company E, 2nd Regiment Berdan's Sharpshooters."

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