Monthly Archives: January 2011

C. L. Brainard at the Nebraska State Normal School

Peru State College, originally incorporated as Mount Vernon Seminary, became Nebraska’s first state-supported college on June 20, 1867. Called the Nebraska State Normal School, Peru was one of the first of its kind west of the Missouri River. Its first … Continue reading

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Historical Markers, Nebraska Timeline, Publications | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Bayard Paine: Nebraska Supreme Court Justice

The Library/Archives Division holds a small collection of papers relating to Bayard H. Paine. Paine was a judge for many years and served on the Nebraska State Supreme Court from 1931 to 1949. Born in Ohio in 1872, Paine graduated … Continue reading

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Library/Archives, Manuscript Collections | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Feedsack Quilt, A Doll, and a New Online Exhibit

   People commonly think of sewing with feed sack fabric as a Depression-era practice. In fact, thrifty stitchers had been doing this since the late 1800s. Necessities such as flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and animal feed came in cotton sacks. … Continue reading

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Exhibits, Museum Collections | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pawnee Suffer in a Blizzard

Reports of the suffering of white settlers in winter snowstorms abound in the columns of early Nebraska newspapers. Less common are accounts of the experiences of Native Americans, who endured the same blizzards with fewer resources. One such account was … Continue reading

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Nebraska History, Nebraska Timeline, Publications | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Another Miss America with Nebraska Roots

Who was the first Nebraska native to be crowed Miss America? No, it was not Teresa Scanlan who was recently crowned Miss America. There was actually another Miss America with Nebraska ties. Sharon Kay Ritchie, Miss America 1956, was born in McCook, … Continue reading

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Museum Collections | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Beatrice Starch Manufacturing Company

The Library/Archives Division holds a small collection relating to the Beatrice Starch Manufacturing Company of Beatrice, Nebraska. The collection consists of a minute book which records minutes of meetings, by-laws, stockholder information, etc. Also included are photocopies of a corn … Continue reading

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Library/Archives, Manuscript Collections, Museum Collections | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

It’s Sweater Weather

I recently ran across a couple of items featuring fabulous images of sweaters from the 1910s and 1920s.   Here are a few images from the 1919-1920 Bradley Knitting Company catalog.  The company was located in Delavan, Wisconsin.    

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Museum Collections | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

“Nebraska Women Are Bound To Vote”

Banner that belonged to Dr. Inez Celia Philbrick who practiced medicine in Lincoln from 1893-1937.  This banner dates from 1900-1917. The movement to enfranchise Nebraska women started as early as 1855 when suffragist Amelia Bloomer spoke before an audience in Omaha.  … Continue reading

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Museum Collections | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Nebraska’s Ice Industry

For many years the cutting of ice from rivers and lakes was an important winter industry in Nebraska, especially in the eastern part of the state. There was a large demand for ice for home use, the packing industry, and … Continue reading

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Historical Markers, Nebraska Timeline, Publications | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chief, The Last U.S. Cavalry Horse

The Library/Archives Division holds a small collection of papers and photos relating to “Chief,” the last U.S. Cavalry horse. Foaled in 1932, the U.S. Army purchased Chief in 1940 at Fort Robinson from L.A. Parker of Scottsbluff, Nebraska for the … Continue reading

FacebookDeliciousLinkedInTwitterStumbleUponGoogle BookmarksDiggLiveJournalShare
Posted in Library/Archives, Manuscript Collections, Photograph Collection | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments