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Treasures from Nebraska Museums: The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center

Selected items from the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center in Chadron are currently on display at the Nebraska History Museum through July 1, 2013. The Center celebrates the life and literature of Mari Sandoz and the culture of the High Plains … Continue reading

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Quilting on the Frontier: Celebrating 150 years of the Homestead Act

A new quilt exhibit is now open at the Nebraska History Museum. Quilting On The Frontier: Celebrating 150 Years of the Homestead Act recognizes early Nebraska homesteaders through quilts. The exhibit incorporates historic images and objects to illustrate life on … Continue reading

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New Quilt Exhibit at the Nebraska History Museum

A new quilt exhibit is now open at the Nebraska History Museum.  “Quilting for a Cause: Nebraska’s Fundraising Quilts”  features 15 quilts that were used in fundraising efforts from the Civil War to present day. Quilts displayed were made to … Continue reading

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Hybrid Corn Ads from the J.C. Robinson Seed Company

The Nebraska State Historical Society’s collections are full of fun advertising materials. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few examples advertising Funk’s hybrid corn from the Rob-See-Co (J.C. Robinson Seed Company). These advertisements date from the 1940s and 1950s. James C. … Continue reading

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A Lincoln Highway Radiator Emblem

The Nebraska History Museum recently acquired this radiator emblem which advertises the Lincoln Highway. In 1912, the Lincoln Highway Association formed to create the first transcontinental highway from New York to San Francisco.  In Nebraska, some of the towns it … Continue reading

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A Window into Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Car

If you had to guess the history of this object, what would you think? Perhaps an old, well-used picture frame?  Actually it’s original purpose was a window frame, and it’s part of a much bigger story. This window frame was from the … Continue reading

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An Artist’s View of the Fort Robinson Prisoner of War Camp

During World War II there were 126 Prisoner of War (PW) camps in the United States. Fort Robinson, Nebraska had one of these camps. By the end of the war, this camp consisted of 160 temporary buildings, and housed three … Continue reading

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The Filley Ladies Aid Society Fundraising Quilt

  Recently, I’ve begun researching fundraising quilts. Many typical fundraising quilts have names stitched or inked all over the front.  This quilt, however, is quite unique and I thought I would share it with you.  This beautiful crazy quilt was a … Continue reading

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The Cadet Nurse Corps

 The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps was created during World War II to help fill the home front nursing shortage in military and civilian hospitals, clinics, and public health services. In 1943 nursing schools around the country were invited to join … Continue reading

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The Nebraska Scrap Plan

The Nebraska State Historical Society recently acquired a set of Omaha World-Herald reprints containing photos and stories about the 1942 scrap drive sponsored by the newspaper.  Publisher of the World-Herald, Henry Doorly, came up with the idea of promoting a three-week … Continue reading

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