The Garness family pose in front of their sod home in Custer County for Nebraska photographer Solomon D. Butcher in 1887. Next to the family is a big pile of large pumpkins. Butcher often had his subjects pose with their favorite possessions or signs of prosperity. In this photo, Butcher and the Garness family use the pumpkins to show a successful, bountiful harvest.
Many Nebraska schools start their fall semester this week, but none of them will meet in buildings made of sod.
For the holidays, we wanted to let you know about a new way for you to find out about Nebraska history. At the end of September, we started producing a podcast called Second Story Radio that features stories about historic places across the state. We’ve produced six episodes so far at secondstoryradio.tumblr.com. Catch up while while you’re wrapping presents or getting ready for your New Year’s party!