In 1976, the "Outlaw" country movement was in full swing and truck drivers were revered as folk heroes.


A 1924 event in Wilber, Nebraska, featured “Dan Desdune’s Band and Minstrel Show of Omaha. Colored Entertainers Supreme.” NSHS RG813-445 (at left).

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.

The Society has a large collection of Nebraska-made/Nebraska-themed sheet music.  While cataloging some a few weeks back I came across two pieces that piqued my interest–mainly because the composers were identified only by their prisoner numbers.The second piece of sheet music isn't as visually interesting but the prisoner numbers pop up again.

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).

The year Nebraska celebrated its centennial, it got a new state song. “Beautiful Nebraska” was so designated by the Nebraska legislature and the bill was signed into law on June 21, 1967 by Governor Norbert Tiemann.   Russian immigrant Jim Fras said he got the idea for the melody during a drive in the countryside near Lincoln. He parked his car by a clump of trees near a farmer’s field. While resting on his back in tall grass and looking at the bright, blue sky, a new melody popped into his head.

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