Category Archives: Nebraska History News

Preservation is place-making

Join us on June 14 for Nebraska’s first statewide historic preservation conference, Building Community: Preservation is Place-making. “Place-making” is about creating and maintaining a community’s identity. We define a community’s uniqueness and character by its historic places—downtowns, courthouses, parks, and … Continue reading

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Nebraska Roundups in the 1870s

By the mid-1870s Nebraska’s open-range cattle industry, centered in the western Platte Valley and the Panhandle, was experiencing growing pains. Concerns included introduction of Texas cattle to supply the Indian agencies, unregulated “round-ups” that caused ownership disputes (in winter, long … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Miss America: Teresa Scanlan

The first Miss Nebraska to be crowned Miss America, Teresa Scanlan, will be featured in a new exhibit to open March 1, 2013, Nebraska Statehood Day, at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln. The Gering, Nebraska, resident was the ninetieth … Continue reading

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New Archeology at Fort Robinson

Visitors to Fort Robinson State Park (near Nebraska’s northwest corner) see many original structures as well as replicas of important buildings that were torn down in the past. Recent archeological work by the NSHS will make a new reconstruction project … 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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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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In Search of Lost Graves

Tombstones are not usual garage sale fare. But when locating stolen headstones and forgotten gravesites, Nebraska State Historical Society employees and volunteers often encounter strange circumstances. Volunteer Cynthia Monroe reunites stolen tombstones with their owners. Tombstones have been thrown in … Continue reading

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Dr. Picotte’s House

The NSHS is pleased to announce that the Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte House, 100 Taft Street in Walthill, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This two-story home was built by Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte … Continue reading

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Here You Have My Story

C. Irvine arrived in Nebraska Territory in 1855 anxious to take advantage of whatever opportunities existed in a new land. He stepped off a steamer at Omaha and was soon accosted by men “pointing out city lots to new arrivals. … Continue reading

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The First Frisbee Competition? Lincoln, 1957

You may have had one of these as a kid, a classic Wham-O Frisbee. Nebraska played a role in the history of this popular toy. In 1957, Lincoln hosted what was apparently the nation’s first organized Frisbee competition. Kylie Kinley … Continue reading

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