Monthly Archives: November 2010

Cornhuskers in Demand

Cornhusking was once an annual autumn activity on many Nebraska farms. Before the advent of the mechanical corn picker, most of the crop was harvested by hand and “shucked” in the field. This called for extra hired men, whose only … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisition: Preacher’s Sermon Book and Diary

The Library/Archives recently acquired a preacher’s sermon book and diary dating from 1907-1947. The Rev. John B. Williams held numerous pastorates during this time throughout Kansas and Nebraska. The sermon book shows that he preached at Junction City, Mayview, and … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks from Far Away

Unfortunately being in the armed forces means that, sometimes, you need to be away from the people and places most important to you on special days like Thanksgiving.  While this is undoubtedly hard, our military has tried to soften the … Continue reading

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A Special Thanksgiving Turkey

As the Curator of the Visual and Audio Collection, I look at hundreds of amazing photographs of Nebraska history every day.  Some photos, like the ones featured in this blog, touch my heart in unexpected ways.  When I first saw … Continue reading

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Football at the Omaha Medical College

Thanksgiving Day in 1900 was a day for sport as well as giving thanks. The stellar attraction of the holiday in Omaha was a football game between the Omaha Medics, representing the Omaha Medical College, and a team from Rush … Continue reading

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A Turkey Tale

Ahh, historic postcards . . . they never fail to impress.  Some of you may recall that my colleague Laura Mooney and I blogged about them at Halloween.  Well, they’re resurfacing for another holiday.  Our collection contains quite a few … Continue reading

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Omaha’s Bus Boycott of 1952-54

Years before the famous Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott of 1955-56, a group of Omahans led a bus boycott of their own. In this case the target was the Omaha and Council Bluffs Street Railway Company (O&CB), which refused to hire … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Early Aviators

Nebraska has a rich aviation history, according to Vince Goeres, a Nebraska State Historical Society volunteer and longtime aviation enthusiast. Goeres will give a free “Brown Bag” lecture on this state’s early aeronautical history, beginning at noon on Thursday, November … Continue reading

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Boy Scout Exhibit Now Online

The Nebraska State Historical Society is pleased to announce a new virtual exhibit celebrating the Centennial of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Boy Scouts of America, 1910-2010: Celebrating the Adventure – Continuing the Journey replicates the exhibit that was … Continue reading

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The Flying Newsboy Takes to the Air

If you’ve read Vince Goeres’s new book, Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photos, published by Nebraska State Historical Society Books, you know that in 1929 the McCook Daily Gazette became the nation’s first newspaper to begin regular delivery by airplane. … Continue reading

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