Monthly Archives: May 2010

We’re Always Just a Click Away

I know the feeling.  Lying in bed at night with questions running incessantly through your head–can the universe truly be limitless, did I remember to feed the dog, wherever can I find accurate information about the holdings of the Nebraska … Continue reading

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Republican River Flood, Part 2: Rescue in McCook

As promised in the May 25 post, “Republican River Flood – 75th Anniversary,” here is the story of how forty men were trapped on the roof of the power plant in McCook. A narrative by plant worker Louis B. Wolf … Continue reading

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Water, A Frontier Problem

One of the most serious problems facing the plains pioneer was that of obtaining an adequate supply of water. Without such a supply, he couldn’t exist. The early settlers who located in the valleys along streams were fortunate. They could … Continue reading

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Republican River Flood – 75th Anniversary

On May 30, 1935, torrential rains fell in eastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska; by early morning of the 31st, the usually peaceful Republican River was running bluff-to-bluff along its upper reaches. When the waters subsided two days later, over 100 … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Business Colleges

Many Nebraskans in the latter nineteenth century tried to better their employment prospects at the state’s new business colleges. Between 1874 and 1903, at least fifteen such colleges opened in Omaha, and twelve in other Nebraska communities. They were a … Continue reading

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Photographs

Do you have a collection of old photographs? Are you not sure what to do with them or how to care for them?  Luckily, there are many great resources out there about caring for you heirloom photographs. One of those … Continue reading

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The “Banner” County of Nebraska

Banner County (bordering Wyoming between the towns of Scottsbluff and Kimball)  was created in 1888 out of a part of Cheyenne County.  Its founders chose the name because they hoped it would someday become the “banner” county of Nebraska.  Today … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Tall Tales

Nebraskans have been telling tall tales ever since there were Nebraskans. Early newspapers record many interesting yarns, often the inventions of editors or contributors, who typically attributed them to others. Will M. Maupin’s widely read “Limnings” column in the Omaha … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of Downtown Omaha

For many years, Sixteenth Street was downtown Omaha’s main street. In recent years Tenth Street and the riverfront have become more prominent. (The riverfront used to be an industrial zone, as shown in this 1934 photo.) In her article “Creating … Continue reading

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Grace Snyder’s Corncob Dolls

Grace McCance Snyder is best known for her beautiful quilts, including the amazing Flower Basket Petit Point, on display at the Nebraska History Museum.   The Museum also has a collection of corncob dolls that Grace made in the style of … Continue reading

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