Monthly Archives: March 2011

Spitting Prohibited!

During the late nineteenth century spittoons became a common feature of saloons, hotels, stores, banks, railway carriages, and other places where adult men gathered. Many localities passed laws against public spitting other than into a spittoon, but such laws were … Continue reading

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Charles “Mutt” Davison receives the Silver Star

Charles “Mutt” Davison, a Lincoln resident and former University of Nebraska football and basketball player, was awarded the Silver Star on May 21, 1945 for heroic conduct in action. Davison served with the 11th Armored Division in Germany during World … Continue reading

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Omaha’s Shocking Nineteenth-Century Art

In 1890 a young man named Carey Judson Warbington picked up a chair and began smashing a painting that hung in an Omaha gallery. The painting was Return of Spring by William Adolphe Bouguereau, in which Spring is personified by … Continue reading

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Nebraskans Held Captive In North Korea

In January of 1968 the USS Pueblo, a navy vessel on an intelligence mission off the coast of North Korea, was attacked and captured by North Korean forces.  One sailor was killed and the remaining eighty-two were taken captive and … Continue reading

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Picture Perfect, March 26

Last fall when we offered “Picture Perfect: How to Care for and Identify Photographs,” we had an overwhelming response.  The limited seating filled up so fast, we had to turn some people away.  The NSHS Library/Archives division is happy to … Continue reading

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Pari-mutuel vs. Unicameral. Which is Which?

In the 1934 election, Nebraskans voted on two measures with funny-sounding names: a unicameral legislature and pari-mutuel betting. Both measures passed. It has long been rumored that gambling backers worried that voters might be confused by the two strange words. … Continue reading

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The Irish in Lincoln

St. Patrick’s Day is a good time to remember the role the Irish played in the history of Nebraska, particularly in the history of Lincoln. Well before 1890 the city was a center for Irish Home Rule activity in the … Continue reading

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Stinkfinger’s Popular Illustrated Monthly Magazine

I recently discovered a rather strange item while editing a collection description on our website. The finding aid for our Charles E. Wood collection lists an item entitled, Stinkfinger’s Popular Illustrated Monthly Magazine. Intrigued by the title, I decided to … Continue reading

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Two Civilian Conservation Corps Souvenirs

The Nebraska History Museum recently received a collection of materials that belonged to Frederick Sydow. Today, I thought I’d share with you two objects related to Sydow’s work with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). These two souvenirs show that Sydow served … Continue reading

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Bryan and the Russians

During his years in Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan welcomed many foreign visitors to the city and often entertained them at his home, named Fairview. In May of 1907 his guests included two distinguished Russians who were giving public lectures to … Continue reading

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