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The Death of Col. William McCord, First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry

April 6-7 marks the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh (aka Pittsburg Landing) in Tennessee, one of two major Civil War battles in which the First Nebraska Regiment participated. Commanding the regiment at Shiloh, as he had done … Continue reading

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The Bachelors’ Protective Union of Kearney

When the Bachelors’ Protective Union gave a gala reception for two of its newly married (former) members and their brides in March of 1890, the social club for young, single business and professional men was already well known in Kearney. … Continue reading

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Nan J. Aspinwall, Western Entertainer

When Nan Aspinwall arrived in New York on July 8, 1911, after a ride on horseback from San Francisco to New York, it was perhaps the highlight of a long and colorful career as an oriental dancer, sharpshooter, trick roping … Continue reading

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America Illustrated

His art was admired by Norman Rockwell. His handiwork can be seen in ads from General Motors, Packard, and Campbell Soup. In the course of his career, 129 of his works became published as Saturday Evening Post covers. However, few … Continue reading

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Brown Bag Lecture to Discuss Overland Trail Sketches

Surviving images and artistic renditions of Oregon-California Trail scenes are rare. Views by Arkansas artist William Minor Quesenbury (1822-1888)  showing trail landmarks in Nebraska and Wyoming exhibit a skill surpassing that of almost all other sketch artists on the trail. … Continue reading

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Huff and Puff Not Enough to Destroy This Straw Building

Everyone has heard that necessity is the mother of invention. This is best exemplified in times of war, when the necessities of a country are tested to the maximum. During World War II, architects and builders were forced to find … Continue reading

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Mystery Grave in Boyd County

Like something out of detective fiction, a crew digging a trench found an unmarked grave in a rural field where no graves were known to exist. This 2000 discovery near Lynch, Nebraska, resulted in an excavation led by Nebraska State … Continue reading

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Leap Year Once Viewed as Opportunity for Women

The year 2012 is a leap year, which means that it has 366 days instead of the usual 365 days. The year 1896 was also a leap year and was widely observed in Nebraska with dances, picnics, and other social … 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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The First Nebraska Regiment’s Baptism of Fire, 1862

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Donelson, fought in the tangled, snow-covered woods of northwestern Tennessee in mid-February 1862. There on February 13 Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Union army laid siege to Confederate fortifications surrounding … Continue reading

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