Category Archives: Nebraska History

The Risks of the Doll Business

Part two of the story of the Lincoln, Nebraska-based Terri Lee Company, an innovative doll manufacturer in the 1940s and ’50s. Part one is here. The full story (of which this is a summary) is told in a richly-illustrated article … Continue reading

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Nebraska History: Bringing you fascinating state stories for 95 years!

The first known print reference to what is now known as the Nebraska History magazine appeared in The Dakota County Herald, October 19, 1916: A magazine to be called “Nebraska History and Pioneer Days,” to which thirty Nebraska Pioneers and … Continue reading

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NSHS on YouTube: Listen to Homesteading Songs

The Nebraska State Historical Society has made its first music videos! In the Spring 2013 issue of Nebraska History, Peru State College professor Dan Holtz writes about “The Folk Songs of Great Plains Homesteading.” But why just read about folk … Continue reading

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The Unicameral’s Unwritten Rules

Policy-making has always been a delicate business with a lot of formal rules that must be followed. But as Nebraska State Senator Bill Avery explains in the Spring 2013 issue of Nebraska History, there is an equally important set of … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Unlikely Landscapes

A rocky outcrop is covered with small round cacti. Wide dusty badlands look like a backdrop for a Wild West movie. High rocky bluffs make the landscape below look miniature. It may come as a surprise to many (even Nebraskans!) … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

When your name is easily used in puns and songs, the novelty wears off quickly. But instead settling for cheap laughs, one Nebraska town has turned a notable name into international recognition and thousands of letters. In the Spring 2013 … Continue reading

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On Omaha’s “Streets of Cairo” in 1898

The best-known photographs of Omaha’s 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition feature the elegant Grand Court (which looked even more spectacular at night, thanks to an unprecedented use of electric lighting). But next to the Grand Court was the not-so-elegant Midway, … Continue reading

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…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 Best-Dressed Doll in the World

A new exhibit opens this evening at the Nebraska History Museum! The Best-Dressed Doll in the World: Nebraska’s Own Terri Lee runs through September 1, 2013, and is also the subject of a richly-illustrated article in the Winter 2012 issue … 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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