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Ruth Etting: Nebraska’s “Glorifier” of Song

The Nebraska History Museum has a wonderful collection of Nebraska sheet music, including 25 pieces that were performed by Nebraska singer and actress, Ruth Etting. 1933 Sheet Music for “Gypsy Fiddles” with Ruth Etting on the Cover. 11055-2442 NSHS Permanent Collection … Continue reading

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Not Your Typical Valentine

Valentine’s Day cards can be sweet, sentimental, funny, and sometimes just plain bizarre. Here are a few of the strangest valentines I have found in the Nebraska History Museum’s collections.    What is this creepy little kid doing inside this hole? Source: … Continue reading

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Another Miss America with Nebraska Roots

Who was the first Nebraska native to be crowed Miss America? No, it was not Teresa Scanlan who was recently crowned Miss America. There was actually another Miss America with Nebraska ties. Sharon Kay Ritchie, Miss America 1956, was born in McCook, … Continue reading

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It’s Sweater Weather

I recently ran across a couple of items featuring fabulous images of sweaters from the 1910s and 1920s.   Here are a few images from the 1919-1920 Bradley Knitting Company catalog.  The company was located in Delavan, Wisconsin.    

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The Farm Master Milk Pasteurizer

The Nebraska History Museum recently acquired a milk pasteurizer used by the Wright family in Pawnee County, Nebraska.  Dean and Opal Wright purchased the pasteurizer from the Sears, Roebuck, & Co.  catalog in 1952.  Their son, Merlin, had polio that … Continue reading

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The Spanish American War’s Second Nebraska

A few months ago, I blogged about a Spanish American War uniform.   I thought you might enjoy seeing a few other Spanish American War objects associated with the Second Nebraska.  In 1938, a group of Norfolk, Nebraska ,veterans that had served with … Continue reading

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Winter Games

Although many of us may groan at the sight of winter’s first snowfall, when you’re a kid, it’s a whole different ballgame.  When those first flakes begin to fall, you hope for a snow day and begin to dream of … Continue reading

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Boy Scout Exhibit Now Online

The Nebraska State Historical Society is pleased to announce a new virtual exhibit celebrating the Centennial of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Boy Scouts of America, 1910-2010: Celebrating the Adventure – Continuing the Journey replicates the exhibit that was … Continue reading

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Halloween Greetings

Halloween is all around us.  Costumes, candy, pumpkins, decorations and even Halloween themed lights are everywhere.  Seems to us that in looking at all this “stuff” Halloween revelers seem to fall into two basic camps–scary or merry.  Both can be fun … Continue reading

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What Shall I Make for Dinner Today?

I have to admit, I’m frequently plagued by the question of what to cook for dinner.  It’s nice to know I’m not alone, and this question has probably bothered people for generations.  The Nebraska History Museum recently acquired a 1936 … Continue reading

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