Category Archives: Library/Archives

…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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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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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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100th Anniversary of Religious Leader’s Visit to Nebraska

Sunday, September 23, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of `Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas’ visit to Lincoln, Nebraska. The Bahá’í Faith was founded by Bahá’u’lláh in 19th-century Persia. `Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas (1844-1921), eldest son of Bahá’í founder Bahá’u’lláh, became the sole interpreter of his … Continue reading

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Doing Hard Time

A little over a year ago, I was asked if I would like to curate a small temporary photograph exhibit that would be featured in a newly created space on the third floor of the Nebraska History Museum. Exhibits Coordinator … Continue reading

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NSHS Honors Waverly 4-H Club Member

Erica Peterson received a Nebraska State Historical Society Certificate of Achievement for her poster and scrapbook titled Discovering Nebraska One County at a Time at the 2012 Nebraska State Fair. Erica is a resident of Waverly in Lancaster County and prepared … Continue reading

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Oh, the Irony

The designer of this 1930 advertising stationery didn’t know it yet, but the expression “Thriving Thirties” was not going to catch on. Printed by the Epsten Lithographing Co. of Omaha, the stationery could be printed as standard letterhead on one … Continue reading

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The Release of the 1940 Census

“The 1940 Census release is the most significant record to be made available to genealogists since 2002 with the release of the 1930 Census. This Census is an economic snapshot of the Great Depression, and a fascinating look at the … Continue reading

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Upcoming Release of the 1940 Census

Join us on Sunday, March 25, 2012 to learn more about the 1940 U.S. Census to be released on April 2nd. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society, in partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society, has organized a special program relating … Continue reading

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