Author Archives: Karen Keehr

Doing Hard Time

A little over a year ago, I was asked if I would like to curate a small temporary photograph exhibit that would be featured in a newly created space on the third floor of the Nebraska History Museum. Exhibits Coordinator … Continue reading

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Caption This Photo. . . .

Remember winter? While we might be enjoying a fairly mild winter this year in Nebraska, this photograph has me longing for the snowy fun of winters past.  The young woman in this 1920s snapshot is all smiles as she aims … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween!

Many children have fond memories of Halloween. That memory often consists of candy gathering, parties with friends, or dressing in costumes and pretending to be someone else. The importance of the mask in history is the topic of much literature, … Continue reading

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Spirit Photography

With the discovery of photography, along with using the technique of double exposing a negative, many interesting images have appeared through the years. The deliberate creation of a spirit photograph by a photographer in an attempt to financially exploit believers … Continue reading

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Vampires of Nebraska

Custer County Chief, 1/3/1896 Another frightening-if-true story with a supernatural twist comes out of the northwest county of Dawes, just around the Pine Ridge. The end of 1895 saw a number of brutal attacks against many herds of cattle and … Continue reading

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Messages from the Great Beyond

The practice of Spiritualism primarily involved the communication with spirits or ghostly associations who have “gone over,” or died in the flesh. Claiming to be in contact with the beyond, the Fox sisters from New York are credited with starting … Continue reading

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The Haunted Cabin of James Conway

#4 Alexandria Journal 10/30/1965 The town of Alexandria, population 73 at last count, is found northwest of Fairbury. This sleepy farm community is said to have had within its boundary, a haunted cabin with a history going back to 1878. … Continue reading

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A Haunted Cowboy

3 Hemingford Herald 4/24/1896 The Old West has its share of ghostly lore, no matter what section of the country you study, and Nebraska is no exception. By 1896 most of the territorial fighting had calmed down in Western Nebraska … Continue reading

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The Alma Nightwalker

2 Chadron Journal 3/28/1902 Alma, Nebraska, population about 1,100, is found near the Harlan Reservoir south of Hastings and just north of the Kansas border. Back on March 28, 1902, a most unusual story was being told. The “Alma Nightwalker,” … Continue reading

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The Headless Ghost of Redington, Nebraska

The month of October can sometimes inspire images specific to the Halloween season. In December we think about Christmas, with brightly decorated trees and wrapped gifts full of surprise. In July we think red, white and blue thoughts as we … Continue reading

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