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Fort Robinson History Conference

If you’re not one of these people, you’re missing a great conference! Participants in the Fort Robinson History Conference stand outside the Post Playhouse earlier today. The weather has been great, the fort is, as always, a fascinating place, and … Continue reading

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“Devil Clouds” Marks Centennial of Omaha Tornado

Tune in to NET on Friday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for Devil Clouds: Tornadoes Strike Nebraska, a look at the infamous 1913 Omaha tornado. From NET’s website: “Easter Sunday 1913 dawned as a spring-like day of celebration. It … Continue reading

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“After the Indian Wars”: The Ninth Fort Robinson History Conference, April 25-27, 2013

The biennial Fort Robinson History Conference has explored themes relating to the U.S. Army and the so-called Indian wars of the last half of the nineteenth century since 1995. Fort Robinson’s establishment and much of its history stemmed from the … Continue reading

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Todd Storz: Radio for a New Era

Todd Storz, owner of Omaha’s KOWH, saw music as opportunity. He showed the world how to harness music and make it profitable in a world more interested in visual stimulation than audio. Largely because of his invention and business efficiency, … Continue reading

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At Work, Five Miles a Day, On a Scooter, In a Pipe?

If you asked most Americans what “traveling the hard way” was, what sort of answers would you get? Biking? Walking? Swimming? At NSHS, we have discovered another method of “traveling the hard way:” in a 48-inch pipe on a small … Continue reading

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Nebraska Hall of Fame Nomination Received; Deadline 12-31-11

Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission Receives First Nominee; Deadline December 31, 2o11  John M. Thayer, Nebraska Civil War General and later Governor, is the first nominee submitted to the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission for consideration as a possible 2014 … Continue reading

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A Haunted Cowboy

3 Hemingford Herald 4/24/1896 The Old West has its share of ghostly lore, no matter what section of the country you study, and Nebraska is no exception. By 1896 most of the territorial fighting had calmed down in Western Nebraska … Continue reading

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The Alma Nightwalker

2 Chadron Journal 3/28/1902 Alma, Nebraska, population about 1,100, is found near the Harlan Reservoir south of Hastings and just north of the Kansas border. Back on March 28, 1902, a most unusual story was being told. The “Alma Nightwalker,” … Continue reading

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Vacationing on a Budget in 1909

“Where to spend my vacation is a problem which hundreds of Omaha minds are puzzling over just now,” said the Omaha Daily News on July 18, 1909, in a discussion of budget vacations within the state. The News told its … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Centennial County Histories

In the spring of 1876 Congress passed a resolution asking individual counties and towns in the U.S. to compile their histories and to have them read at local Fourth of July celebrations as a part of the nation’s centennial observances. … Continue reading

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