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Swearing Like “Our Army in Flanders” in Western Nebraska

In his 1873 journal, a Third Cavalry army officer stationed at Fort McPherson, Nebraska, described the colorful language of one of the civilian teamsters: “He could swear more in the same breath than any living man west of the Missouri … Continue reading

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The Bedbug in Verse

The current resurgence of bedbugs in the United States has brought the little pests once again into the limelight after decades of obscurity. Our pioneer ancestors, however, were well acquainted with bedbugs, as revealed by contemporary diaries, books, and newspapers. … Continue reading

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A Trick and a Treat from the Photograph Collection

Happy Halloween! Keeping with the holiday spirit, I have selected two “spooktacular” images from the NSHS Photograph Archives. The people of Sargent, Nebraska awoke on November 1, 1912 to find that tricksters had been busy the night before on Halloween.  … Continue reading

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Willa Cather: A Matter of Appearances Opens October 9

Willa Cather: A Matter of Appearances at Nebraska History Museum beginning October 9 Long before stylists told celebrities what not to wear, Willa Cather created a unique and evolving public image. A rebellious Victorian teenager who cut her hair and … Continue reading

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FREE PHOTO PRESERVATION WORKSHOP OCTOBER 2!

A few spaces remain for PICTURE PERFECT, a free photo preservation workshop scheduled from 9:00-4:00, Saturday, October 2, at the Nebraska History Museum, 15th & P streets, Lincoln.  The FREE workshop on how to care for and identify your family … Continue reading

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Look! Up in the Air!

Let your interest in aviation soar with the new pictorial compilation, “Wings Over Nebraska.” Based on the collections of the NSHS and produced through a decade of research by NSHS volunteer Vince Goers, the book will be released October 20 … Continue reading

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Photograph Blues

Do not adjust the color on your screen. These photographs really are blue. They are called cyanotypes and can be easily recognized by their uniform, bright blue color. Cyanotypes are created using light sensitive iron salts as opposed to silver salts used in more traditional black and white photograph.

Sir John Herschel developed the cyanotype process in 1842 using ferric ferrocyanide (sometime called Prussian blue) and ferrous ferricyanide (also known as Turnbull’s blue). Due to their unusual blue color, cyanotypes failed to gain popularity for commercial use. They did, however, become somewhat accepted during the 1890s and early 1900s with amateur photographers who found cyanotypes easy and cheap to make. Cyanotypes were often used to proof negatives and to make photograms of leaves and plants. Architectural drawings and blue prints use a process similar to cyanotypes. Continue reading

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The Mysteries of a Spanish-American War Uniform

One of the Nebraska History Museum’s wonderful volunteers is recataloging and researching the museum’s Spanish-American War uniforms.  This particular private’s uniform has the name Fred Lecron marked several times on its lining. Our volunteer’s eagle eye spotted something else that … Continue reading

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Register Now to Make a Little History September 17

It’s not too late to make a little history and honor others who have done so at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Awards Luncheon and 132nd annual meeting. Registrations for the September 17 event at the Embassy Suites in LaVista … Continue reading

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“Judge Lynch” in Nebraska

During the six decades from 1859 to 1919, at least 45 men and two women died at the hands of lynch mobs in Nebraska while during the same period, only 23 or 24 individuals were executed according to law. Find … Continue reading

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