The NSHS Library/Archives Reference Staff help researchers from all over Nebraska and the world answer countless history, genealogy and research questions every day. With the vast resources available at NSHS, the answers are seemingly at our fingertips. Sometimes, however, even we the supposed experts get stumped. So, we are asking our blog and Facebook friends for a little help answering a particularly vexing question from one of our patrons.
Highway 2 through the Sandhills is one of Nebraska’s most scenic drives. Deep in the Sandhills lakes country, near the tiny town of Antioch, stand desolate, oddly-shaped concrete ruins visible from the highway—as if Antioch had once been a much larger city, or home to some inexplicably large enterprise. And that’s pretty much what happened during World War I when Antioch became a potash boomtown.
Recently I’ve been working on the Society’s collection of posters and I have to say I’ve been really impressed with what we have. We have intriguing, sometimes frightening, and many times lovely posters from WWI and WWII, interesting items that advertise all sorts of events and products in Nebraska and, of course, we have some oddities. Like the one above. I got quite a chuckle won
With one look at this helmet, you know it has a story to tell. Fortunately, it has a happy ending.