World War I

men in surgical masks

World War I killed some 15 to 19 million people, but the flu epidemic of 1918 was far worse. As the flu raged around the world, Nebraska communities responded.


Lowering the stone into place at the cornerstone ceremony of the third Nebraska State Capitol on November 11, 1922. RG1234-71-84


World War I soldier kissing a girl, 1917 (RG2841.PH000001-000028)

World War I soldier kissing a girl, 1917 (RG2841.PH000001-000028)


A long kiss goodbye. Today’s Throwback Thursday photograph captures an American doughboy saying goodbye to his girl in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 5, 1917.

"If there is one thing the German fears more than anything else it is the bayonet charge," wrote an employee of the Keystone View Company as part of a little essay on the back of this stereocard. The card's caption reads, "Learning How to Give the Huns a Taste of American Steel."


We had a reader response to “The Best War I Ever Expect to Have: Hall County Doughboys’ Letters Home” by Daryl Webb, which ran in the Spring 2016 edition of Nebraska History.  Read Dr. Frank Edler of Lincoln, NE’s response below: First, I'd like to say that I appreciated Webb's article focusing on this issue and discussing the letters of the Nebraska soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces, especially the ones dealing with the reasons for enlisting, the conditions of trench warfare, and the yearnings for returning home.

 President Woodrow Wilson and hist cabinet, 1913. Bryan is seated front right. NSHS RG3198.PH49-5


An American ambulance during World War I in France

The Cornhusker, yearbook of the University of Nebraska, in 1918 was dedicated to “Nebraskans—Students, Alumni, Faculty—here and over there” who were serving in World War I.

Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE, 15 March 1934

The stadium never included all the features that the first war memorial plans called for, such as a museum or friezes. However, the state finally had a usable stadium which, with later additions and improvements, would serve the university's nationally recognized football program. More information on Memorial Stadium and its financing can be found in a 1998 article from Nebraska History magazine.

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