Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Great Omaha Train Robbery of 1909

On a night train heading into Omaha, “two men wearing long coats, slouch hats, and dark-blue polka dot handkerchiefs over their faces suddenly appeared over the tender and jumped down to the engine,” writes Tommy R. Thompson. One of the … Continue reading

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Arcadia Township Library

Here is another item recently acquired by the Library/Archives Division. It’s the dedication program for the Arcadia Township Library from 1917. The library was designed by the Lincoln firm of Fiske and Meginnis. It was built with funding provided by … Continue reading

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A New Leaf for the New Year

An old stack of discarded reporters’ assignment books provided the Omaha Daily Bee with the topic for a New Year’s Day column in 1900. An assignment book was once used by city editors to indicate which reporters were to cover specific … Continue reading

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The Long Life of a Cherished Gift

  We all know that a gift needn’t be expensive, flashy, or purchased to be loved.  The story of this rocking horse proves that. We’re fortunate that this cherished little piece of Nebraska history ended up in the Society’s collection … Continue reading

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Colors of the Season

Red and green are colors traditionally associated with the Christmas holiday.  They are also common on quilts made during our country’s colonial era and during the colonial revival of the early 1900s.  The Nebraska State Historical Society’s quilt collection features … Continue reading

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Pleasant Hill School

The Library/Archives recently acquired a collection relating to the Maunder family from Hastings, Nebraska. The bulk of the collection consists of diaries kept by Edith Maunder and two of her daughters, Vera Maunder and Ellen Maunder Ritchey. While the collection … Continue reading

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Christmas in 1905

A growing middle class at the beginning of the twentieth century meant that many parents had more money to spend on their children at Christmas. The Lincoln Evening News on December 23, 1905, reported that “more valuable gifts have been … Continue reading

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Christmas in Downtown Lincoln, 1946

I love the holidays. They are always such a wonderfully busy time of year. From spending time with friends and family to shopping for gifts, it is my favorite time of the year. On December 22, 1946, the Macdonald Studio … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass’s Nebraska Sister

Frederick Douglass is remembered for his escape from slavery and for his speeches and autobiographies through which he advocated passionately for freedom and civil rights. But he wasn’t associated with Nebraska history… until recently. A series of letters uncovered in … Continue reading

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The Spanish American War’s Second Nebraska

A few months ago, I blogged about a Spanish American War uniform.   I thought you might enjoy seeing a few other Spanish American War objects associated with the Second Nebraska.  In 1938, a group of Norfolk, Nebraska ,veterans that had served with … Continue reading

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