Category Archives: Manuscript Collections

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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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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Blizzard of January 12, 1888

The early settlers of Nebraska faced many hardships, a great number of these weather and climate related. Among the most destructive of natural disasters were the sudden prairie blizzards. The blizzard of January 12, 1888 had an immense impact on … Continue reading

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The Sioux City & Pacific Railroad Company

The Library/Archives recently acquired this stock certificate for the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad Company. The company was founded in 1864 for the express purpose of building a connection between Sioux City, Iowa and the Union Pacific’s main line at … Continue reading

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John L. Teeters

John Lewis Teeters was born at Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Albert and Ellen Baker Wood Teeters. In 1886 he graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelors degree. From 1886-1887 Teeters worked for a wholesale jewelry firm … Continue reading

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International Religious Leader Visits 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 father’s teaching after Bahá’u’lláh’s death. `Abdu’l-Bahá toured the United States in 1912 to promote unity … Continue reading

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The Military Career of Butler B. Miltonberger

Born in North Platte in 1897, Butler B. Miltonberger began his military service as a private in June of 1916, when the National Guard was mobilized during the Mexican border dispute. During World War I, Miltonberger fought with the 4th … Continue reading

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A Little Piece of Music History

The Library/Archives recently acquired a scrapbook relating to Donald Abbott of Beatrice and then Lincoln, Nebraska. Abbott was born in Illinois in 1912 and later moved with this family to Beatrice. He played cornet in the school band and became … Continue reading

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Steamboatin’ on the Missouri

Steamboats on the Missouri River were once an extremely important means of transportation for both people and products coming to Nebraska. The Nebraska State Historical Society holds a number of great resources of information about steamboat travel and navigation. Here … Continue reading

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Crete Mills of Crete, Nebraska

The Crete Mills at Crete, Nebraska, began as a tiny water-powered sawmill located on the Big Blue River at the southern edge of what became the town of Crete in Saline County. Converted to flour milling in 1870, the building … Continue reading

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