Monthly Archives: August 2010

Dr. Charles Arnold’s Helmet

  With one look at this helmet, you know it has a story to tell.  Fortunately, it has a happy ending. This helmet belonged to Dr. Charles H. Arnold.  Arnold was a native of Dorchester, Nebraska, and received his medical … Continue reading

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Beating the Heat in 1906

In the days before air conditioning, getting a good night’s sleep during the heat of summer was sometimes a problem. One obvious solution was to sleep outdoors. The Norfolk Weekly News-Journal on August 3, 1906, reported that many residents of … Continue reading

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Why Not Buy a Novelty Tie?

 As you may have gleaned from perusing previous blogs, the Nebraska State Historical Society houses a fairly large collection of artwork and other items from the late Nebraska artist John Falter.  Falter was a highly successful and influential illustrator from … Continue reading

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Doll Collection Now Online-Test Your Knowledge

We’ve recently added the Nebraska History Museum’s doll collection to our online database. That’s more than 800 dolls!  Visit http://pastperfect.nebraskahistory.org/unicgi/mwebuni.exe?request=ks and enter “doll” in the search box. Here are a few character dolls from the collection.  Can you name them … Continue reading

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Hickman Gets the Fair

August and September are traditional months for county fairs in Nebraska, frequently (but not always)  held in a county seat town. In 1892 the village of Hickman made a determined bid to wrest the Lancaster County Fair from Lincoln. “For … Continue reading

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Nebraska Town Gets Bombed!

“Unknown Planes Drop Six Bombs on Tarnov.”  This was the headline from the Columbus Daily Telegram on August 16, 1943.  The article states that, “Two unidentified planes dropped practice bombs on the village of Tarnov between 4 and 4:30 a.m. … Continue reading

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Klowns of the Koo Koo Krust

It is well known that the first Nebraska Klavern of the Ku Klux Klan was formed in Omaha in 1921.  It is also known that the Klan was claiming as many as 45,000 members two years later.  Perhaps less well-documented is … Continue reading

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Making Rain

Modern attempts at rainmaking, such as cloud seeding, may be more scientific and effective but are less flamboyant than former methods used by professional rainmakers. During the severe drought of 1894 in Nebraska, the “concussion theory” was based on the … Continue reading

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They Have Conventions For That?

Recently I’ve been working on the Society’s collection of posters and I have to say I’ve been really impressed with what we have.  We have intriguing, sometimes frightening, and many times lovely posters from WWI and WWII, interesting items that … Continue reading

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Saving Memories Exhibit is Now Online

The new virtual exhibit, Saving Memories, features various documentary items from the Library/Archives collections, including diaries, journals, scrapbooks, autograph albums, photo albums, and home movies. The virtual exhibit also features several quilts and hide paintings from the Museum Collections. The … Continue reading

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