The University of Nebraska marks its 150th birthday on February 15. The legislature chartered the university on that day in 1869 (though classes didn’t begin until 1871). What was it like at the early university? We’ll put it this way: if you like leaky roofs, chilly classrooms, and traditional memorize-and-recite pedagogy, you’d love early NU classes. It took time for the university to live up to its name.
Joseph Ishikawa came to Nebraska from a Colorado internment camp during World War II. As a city employee in 1946 he challenged a longstanding policy barring African Americans from the municipal pool. When a multiracial coalition pressured city leaders, officials claimed they didn’t support the rule… even as they resisted changing it.
The year 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth and the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the Lincoln penny. When the Lincoln one-cent coin first appeared in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of United States coinage. It was the first regular coin to bear a portrait other than the mythical Liberty, which appeared on most pre-1909 regular coins.
Page 16 from a Sky Park Manor promotional brochure that depicts the building's fall out shelter. Lincoln, Neb., circa 1963.
Welcome to Wild Weather Wednesday. We'll post a photo from our collections depicting an extreme weather event from Nebraska's past. Lincoln has been having its own wild weather with torrential rainfall this past week, so we decided to post a photo of a storm from Lincoln's past.
The smoking ruins of Leighton and Brown's Drug Store, Lincoln, NE, circa 1880.
The front cover of the Dodds Homes catalogue