Category Archives: Nebraska History

Buffalo Hunt at Niagara Falls

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, billed as “the most celebrated Scout and Hunter of the Plains,” began his brief career in show business in 1872 at Niagara Falls with a few captured buffalo and a staged hunt. The hunt was … Continue reading

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Nebraska History News Covers Historical Happenings in Nebraska

Do you want to learn about historical events around the state and keep abreast of activities at the Nebraska State Historical Society? As a companion to Nebraska History magazine, which publishes articles on the history of Nebraska and the Great … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know What We’d Have Done Without the Indians”

  A labor shortage during World War I left western Nebraska potato farmers facing the loss of their crop. They brought in Lakota (Sioux) Indians as harvesters, beginning a tradition that lasted from 1917 through the 1950s. The story is … Continue reading

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The Nebraska Statesman: The People Behind the Picture

An iconic Solomon Butcher photograph portrays a frontier newspaper office in Broken Bow. But the story of the two men who founded the short-lived paper has not been told until now. Patricia C. Gaster writes about it in the Fall … Continue reading

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Dan Desdunes and the Birth of Omaha Jazz

Dan Desdunes lived a remarkable life as a bandleader, educator, and civil rights activist. In his native New Orleans, he played a key role in an unsuccessful legal challenge to railway segregation that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous … Continue reading

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Nebraska and the Civil War: Why the Story Matters

Nebraska has a rich Civil War legacy, according to James E. Potter, senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Potter and Edith Robbins edited the letters of Nebraska soldier August Scherneckau, published in 2007 by the University of … Continue reading

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Vacationing on a Budget in 1909

“Where to spend my vacation is a problem which hundreds of Omaha minds are puzzling over just now,” said the Omaha Daily News on July 18, 1909, in a discussion of budget vacations within the state. The News told its … Continue reading

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A Picnic Mishap

Picnicking is one of the most enjoyable summer pastimes, and Nebraskans more than one hundred years ago enjoyed it as much as we do today. Occasionally, however, these outings were marred by mishaps more serious than the presence of ants.   … Continue reading

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Poor Niobrara!

Poor Niobrara, Nebraska! The Missouri River is threatening to turn this Nebraska town, its newest town, into an island (at least for highway traffic). Niobrara is also one of Nebraska’s oldest towns. It was established in 1857, a scant three … Continue reading

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Pershing for President in 1920

World War I did not produce a military hero who became President, but it did launch at least one aspirant, Gen. John J. Pershing, who was supreme commander of the U.S. forces in Europe during the war. Pershing challenged a … Continue reading

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