Monthly Archives: October 2010

Halloween Greetings

Halloween is all around us.  Costumes, candy, pumpkins, decorations and even Halloween themed lights are everywhere.  Seems to us that in looking at all this “stuff” Halloween revelers seem to fall into two basic camps–scary or merry.  Both can be fun … Continue reading

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A Trick and a Treat from the Photograph Collection

Happy Halloween! Keeping with the holiday spirit, I have selected two “spooktacular” images from the NSHS Photograph Archives. The people of Sargent, Nebraska awoke on November 1, 1912 to find that tricksters had been busy the night before on Halloween.  … Continue reading

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David P. Abbott, Master Magician

David P. Abbott  (1863-1934) was born near Falls City, Nebraska, and lived most of his life in Omaha. Although Abbott was a businessman, he was best known as a magician, who invented and performed many startling feats of magic. Most … Continue reading

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Letters from Home: POW Mail at Fort Robinson

Thousands of miles from home in an enemy country, German soldiers sent and received mail while prisoners of war at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. But how did mail get from one country to the other, considering that the two sides were … Continue reading

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Comics, Cartoons, Drawings and Doodles

The Library/Archives Division holds the collections of various Nebraska artists and cartoonists.  One such collection is that of Guy Spencer, cartoonist for the Omaha World-Herald from 1899-1939. Guy Spencer (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 15, 1939) Born in Missouri in 1878, Spencer … Continue reading

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What Shall I Make for Dinner Today?

I have to admit, I’m frequently plagued by the question of what to cook for dinner.  It’s nice to know I’m not alone, and this question has probably bothered people for generations.  The Nebraska History Museum recently acquired a 1936 … Continue reading

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Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photos

It’s here! Our new book, Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photos, is now available to the public. Written by NSHS volunteer (and longtime aviation enthusiast) Vince Goeres, with Kylie Kinley and introduction by Roger Welsch, the book showcases more than … Continue reading

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Bicycling in Nebraska

Before mass production made the automobile available to average Nebraskans, bicycles were a major mode of transportation in the state’s large towns. The first real Nebraska bicycle fad appeared in the 1890s after the introduction of the “safety” model with … Continue reading

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Game Day: Nebraska vs. Notre Dame, Part 2

Game Day at Memorial Stadium is a long Nebraska tradition—since 1923, in fact. The cover of the Summer 2010 issue of Nebraska History features the still-under-construction stadium. Though unfinished, the new stadium held a then-Nebraska record crowd of 43,000 as … Continue reading

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Gaining and Losing: James C. Dahlman and William Howard Taft

James C. Dahlman, the colorful “perpetual mayor of Omaha,” made a jovial offer to President William Howard Taft prior to Taft’s brief visit to Omaha in September of 1909. Mayor Dahlman, said the Omaha Daily News of August 14, wanted … Continue reading

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