Monthly Archives: May 2011

Happy Decoration Day!

Did you know Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day?  The tradition of decorating soldiers’ graves became popular after the Civil War.  On May 5, 1868 in Waterloo, New York, General John Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of … Continue reading

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Photo Finish: Harold Mauck’s Stock Car Racing Collection

My name is Jenna Rhodes and I am an intern at the Nebraska State Historical Society.  I have been organizing a collection of photos taken in the 1950s and 60s by Harold Mauck, a resident of Plainview, Nebraska.  Harold owned … Continue reading

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A 1930s Medical Romance

Medical student Joe Holoubek was dismayed the first time he saw a “hen medic” in a class at Mayo Clinic in 1937. But he got over his prejudice against women doctors and ended up marrying Alice Baker. Much of the … Continue reading

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Those Fish Stories

Improbable fishing yarns have been around as long as fish and fishing. The Norfolk Weekly News-Journal in the summer of 1907 reported an escalating series of such tales from Verdigre, Neligh, and Valentine, Nebraska. The News-Journal said: “A few days … Continue reading

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Where Is Hidden Paradise?

What did rural Nebraska travel and recreation look like in the early-to-mid twentieth century? A forested canyon at Long Pine became popular at a time when ordinary Americans saw expanding opportunities for leisure and travel. Rebecca Buller writes about it … Continue reading

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Crete Mills of Crete, Nebraska

The Crete Mills at Crete, Nebraska, began as a tiny water-powered sawmill located on the Big Blue River at the southern edge of what became the town of Crete in Saline County. Converted to flour milling in 1870, the building … Continue reading

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National Air Mail Week in Nebraska

In 1938 the United States celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the first airmail route by designating May 15-21 as National Air Mail Week. The main feature was scheduled for Thursday, May 19, when airmail service would be provided to as … Continue reading

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The Cadet Nurse Corps

 The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps was created during World War II to help fill the home front nursing shortage in military and civilian hospitals, clinics, and public health services. In 1943 nursing schools around the country were invited to join … Continue reading

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Commencement Traditions Change

High school and college seniors today are often graduated with a minimum of ceremony. But for our parents and grandparents commencement was an elaborate affair, with most graduates actively participating. Sometimes each senior prepared a special essay and delivered it … Continue reading

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A Soap Box Derby Champion

The last time a Nebraskan won the “local champions” division of the All-American Soap Box Derby held in Akron, Ohio, was in 1967 when thirteen year old Ken Cline took home the trophy. Originally from Midland, Texas, the Cline family … Continue reading

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