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On Omaha’s “Streets of Cairo” in 1898

The best-known photographs of Omaha’s 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition feature the elegant Grand Court (which looked even more spectacular at night, thanks to an unprecedented use of electric lighting). But next to the Grand Court was the not-so-elegant Midway, … Continue reading

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Historic Detail in Minden’s Depression-Era Art

In a previous post on the NSHS blog, we told you about Nebraska’s twelve post office murals, as presented in Robert  Puschendorf’s new book Nebraska’s Post Office Murals: Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal. One of the … Continue reading

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…Talk About the Drought! President Roosevelt Visits Nebraska Panhandle

In an earlier post we we recalled the effects of the 1890s drought in Nebraska. Unfortunately, it would not be the last. In 1936, Nebraska farmers were facing similar hardship. The ongoing drought (or “drouth” as it was often spelled) … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Jazz Dancing

Do you feel like the world is speeding up around you?  Like society has gotten so crazy you can’t keep up? You’re not the first! An article in the Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star on August 12, 1934, talks about … Continue reading

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The Best-Dressed Doll in the World

A new exhibit opens this evening at the Nebraska History Museum! The Best-Dressed Doll in the World: Nebraska’s Own Terri Lee runs through September 1, 2013, and is also the subject of a richly-illustrated article in the Winter 2012 issue … Continue reading

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When Conversation Runs Dry…

We are witnessing firsthand the distress a drought causes in an agricultural community. With record temperatures and minimal rainfall, there is little that farmers can do but watch their crops burn to a crisp. Combine that with the current national … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s New Deal Art Legacy

Historical treasures can be found in many unexpected places. Sometimes, they may be right in front of us for a long time before we recognize their value. When the New Deal sought to breathe life into the Depression-era economy, scores … Continue reading

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Lights, Please

For someone living today, it is hard to imagine the splendor of seeing electric lights for the first time. When the Grand Court of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition lit up on June 1, 1898, thousands were treated to their … Continue reading

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At the Eleventh Hour, Trickery and Vilification!

Unfortunately, negative political ads are nothing new! As we near election day and political polarization reaches its peak, here is a full page ad from the August 12, 1934, Sunday Lincoln Journal and Star that may sound familiar. In the … Continue reading

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More from the Corner Drugstore

We’re always pleased when readers can provide more information about the photos we post. In response to a recent post, “The Corner Drugstore, 1934,” we received this comment: Dr. Geo. Strassler says: October 24, 2012 at 10:04 am SW corner … Continue reading

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