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“Superheroes and Thugs: The Comic Art of Bob Hall” now open

Batman, Spider-Man, the Hulk, and Thor. These superheroes have been brought to life through Nebraskan Bob Hall’s pen. He has also created memorable characters who stray from the superhero mold and would be better classified as “thugs.”  His comic book art has … Continue reading

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Treasures from Nebraska Museums

The NSHS works hard to collect and preserve Nebraska history, but we don’t do it alone. Historical organizations and museums dot our ninety-three counties and contain many treasures. To support their work in preserving our collective history, we’ve started a … Continue reading

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John Falter Exhibit Opens Tonight!

  The new exhibit, The Illustrator’s Pencil:  John Falter from Nebraska to The Saturday Evening Post, opens tonight at the Nebraska History Museum in downtown Lincoln.  NSHS members and the public are invited to view the exhibit from 5:30-7:30pm as … Continue reading

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John Falter Jazz

One of the most interesting things I’ve discovered going through our John Falter collection in the last few years is how and how much of his personal interests, friends, and environs manifested themselves in his art.  Jazz is a great example.  Falter … Continue reading

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Collecting the Here and Now

As I mentioned in a blog post a few weeks back about a Superman comic book, the Nebraska State Historical Society collects and cares for hundreds of thousands of items not all of which are particularly old.  We feel it … Continue reading

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Superman Comes to Omaha . . .er, Lincoln

The Nebraska State Historical Society collects and cares for hundreds of thousands of items.  Not surprisingly, many are quite old.  We aren’t, however, neglecting the present.  Although it can be difficult to determine today what will have historical relevance one … Continue reading

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Go Big with Buttons

I like the saying “Go Big or Go Home.”  To me it means if you’re going to do something then do it with all you’ve got–throw yourself into it.    I like that attitude.  The skirt, jacket,  and cape above scream that attitude … Continue reading

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A Cornhusker and a Man

This is a rather ordinary and worn looking artifact, isn’t it?  Some of you may know that it is a corn husking hook used in the days before mechanical corn pickers when farmers would walk through their rows and pull … Continue reading

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A Prisoner’s Plea

The Society has a large collection of Nebraska-made/Nebraska-themed sheet music.  While cataloging some a few weeks back I came across two pieces that piqued my interest–mainly because the composers were identified only by their prisoner numbers.   A little research … Continue reading

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Love Sugar? I’ve Got Just the Hospital for You

With that title I bet you thought this blog was going to be about the evils of sugar consumption.  Nope, we’ll leave that to the countless “health” blogs.  I’ve got something almost better than sugar ingestion–sugar sculpture.  In the 1930s-1940s, for … Continue reading

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