Monthly Archives: February 2011

Henry D. Perky, the Shredded Wheat King

Henry D. Perky (1843-1906), a businessman, inventor, and promoter, is best remembered for his invention of shredded wheat, a ready-to-eat cereal that revolutionized the way Americans ate breakfast. Less known is Perky’s early Nebraska background and his promotion of a … Continue reading

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W. A. Fowler and The Typemusic Company

I recently ran across a few items in a manuscript collection relating to The Typemusic Company of Lincoln. Apparently Mr. W. A. Fowler invented and marketed a typewriter used for typing up musical compositions. He sold his invention through The … Continue reading

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African Americans in Nebraska—special issue of Nebraska History is now online

Due to the great demand for the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Nebraska History, we have posted the entire issue on our website. If you’d rather read the articles on paper, you have two options. One is to contact our Landmark … Continue reading

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A Nebraska Goose

John Albert Lundgren of Axtell, Nebraska, always loved hunting and by the age of 14 started making decoys.  In 1935, when live call birds became illegal he set out to design high-quality full-bodied decoys of his own.  His earliest, in … Continue reading

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Woodbey for Regent!

At the Nebraska Prohibition Party’s statewide convention, held in July 1895 in Lincoln, Anna R. Woodbey of Douglas County was nominated for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Regents were then elected on partisan ballots in odd-numbered years. The … Continue reading

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Find Nebraska Treasures Here

Great news! We have added more Nebraska treasures to our Museum and Photograph Collection online searchable database.  To celebrate, we have a treasure hunt for you. Visit our website and see if you can find these unique and wonderful Nebraska … Continue reading

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What Would You Like to See?

Our group of Nebraska History bloggers has enjoyed sharing information about our collections, our research, and (what we consider) interesting anecdotes about the history of Nebraska . . . and we will continue to do so. But now we would … Continue reading

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A Needlework Tour of Nebraska

In 1976 the American bicentennial was a cause for celebration and commemoration.  Organizations and local governments of all sizes and configurations found ways to mark our country’s 200th birthday through events and projects as varied as the people living within … Continue reading

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Not Your Typical Valentine

Valentine’s Day cards can be sweet, sentimental, funny, and sometimes just plain bizarre. Here are a few of the strangest valentines I have found in the Nebraska History Museum’s collections.    What is this creepy little kid doing inside this hole? Source: … Continue reading

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Rough on Rats (and biles, and piles, and corns . . . )

Old print advertising is weird.  I know, some is boring, but to me, usually, if it’s not boring it’s weird.    Case in point—Rough on Rats.  Rough on Rats was a poison (arsenic) that was developed and marketed to kill all … Continue reading

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