Monthly Archives: January 2011

Music That Will Make An Old Man Dance

We recently obtained a collection of over 70 posters from Oscar’s Palladium, a dance hall located in Sargent (Custer County), Nebraska.  Oscar’s was owned by Oscar Melham and in addition to being a dance hall, the building included a bar and … Continue reading

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Equality Before the Law

“Equality Before the Law,” Nebraska’s state motto, is unique among the fifty states. Only Wyoming’s motto, “Equal Rights,” expresses a similar idea. Both mottos date from the post-Civil War years of the 1860s, and both relate to the granting of … Continue reading

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The Farm Master Milk Pasteurizer

The Nebraska History Museum recently acquired a milk pasteurizer used by the Wright family in Pawnee County, Nebraska.  Dean and Opal Wright purchased the pasteurizer from the Sears, Roebuck, & Co.  catalog in 1952.  Their son, Merlin, had polio that … Continue reading

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The Hastings Cemetery Association

The Hastings Cemetery Association was established in 1886 to “purchase and hold title to land for Cemetery grounds, to lay out, lot and otherwise improve the same, to sell and convey burial lots therein according to the provisions of the … Continue reading

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The Start of an Illustrious Career

I am continuing to go through the collection of John Falter, a highly successful artist and illustrator born in Nebraska, and routinely find items that I feel are little gems.  The museum collection includes preliminary sketches and doodles that resulted … Continue reading

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