Author Archives: Karen Keehr

Happy Days

There is just something about old drive-ins that brings out the nostalgia in people. In Lincoln, Ken Eddy’s was a legend.  In 1952, Ken Lydic and Eddy Gold opened their drive-in restaurant at the corner of 48th and “O” Streets. … Continue reading

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Something fun from the NSHS Photo Collection

Are you ready for a little photo fun?  I recently came across this image in our collection. Can you guess what this strange contraption was used for?  Post your best guesses in the comment section below. I will even give … Continue reading

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What is the F.A.U.?

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 … Continue reading

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Happy Decoration Day!

Did you know Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day?  The tradition of decorating soldiers’ graves became popular after the Civil War.  On May 5, 1868 in Waterloo, New York, General John Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of … Continue reading

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Photo Finish: Harold Mauck’s Stock Car Racing Collection

My name is Jenna Rhodes and I am an intern at the Nebraska State Historical Society.  I have been organizing a collection of photos taken in the 1950s and 60s by Harold Mauck, a resident of Plainview, Nebraska.  Harold owned … Continue reading

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Picture Perfect, March 26

Last fall when we offered “Picture Perfect: How to Care for and Identify Photographs,” we had an overwhelming response.  The limited seating filled up so fast, we had to turn some people away.  The NSHS Library/Archives division is happy to … Continue reading

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Find Nebraska Treasures Here

Great news! We have added more Nebraska treasures to our Museum and Photograph Collection online searchable database.  To celebrate, we have a treasure hunt for you. Visit our website and see if you can find these unique and wonderful Nebraska … Continue reading

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Christmas in Downtown Lincoln, 1946

I love the holidays. They are always such a wonderfully busy time of year. From spending time with friends and family to shopping for gifts, it is my favorite time of the year. On December 22, 1946, the Macdonald Studio … Continue reading

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A Special Thanksgiving Turkey

As the Curator of the Visual and Audio Collection, I look at hundreds of amazing photographs of Nebraska history every day.  Some photos, like the ones featured in this blog, touch my heart in unexpected ways.  When I first saw … Continue reading

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A Trick and a Treat from the Photograph Collection

Happy Halloween! Keeping with the holiday spirit, I have selected two “spooktacular” images from the NSHS Photograph Archives. The people of Sargent, Nebraska awoke on November 1, 1912 to find that tricksters had been busy the night before on Halloween.  … Continue reading

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