Monthly Archives: June 2011

Roller Skating Once a Popular Adult Pastime

A wave of popular enthusiasm followed the invention of the modern roller skate in 1863 by James L. Plimpton of Massachusetts. Lincoln had a roller skating rink by 1877, and the 1880s saw the crest of several roller skating booms. … Continue reading

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What is the F.A.U.?

The NSHS Library/Archives Reference Staff help researchers from all over Nebraska and the world answer countless history, genealogy and research questions every day.  With the vast resources available at NSHS, the answers are seemingly at our fingertips.  Sometimes, however, even … Continue reading

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The Fairmont Creamery Company

The Fairmont Creamery Company was incorporated March 29, 1884, in Fairmont, Fillmore County, Nebraska. Wallace Wheeler, an implement dealer, and Joseph H. Rushton, an  attorney, founded the company for the production and sale of butter, eggs, and poultry. Local townspeople … Continue reading

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Recent Additions to the Collections

One nice thing about working with the collections at the Nebraska State Historical Society is that I never know what is going to walk through the door or show up on my desk. We are always adding new items to … Continue reading

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A Picnic Mishap

Picnicking is one of the most enjoyable summer pastimes, and Nebraskans more than one hundred years ago enjoyed it as much as we do today. Occasionally, however, these outings were marred by mishaps more serious than the presence of ants.   … Continue reading

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Poor Niobrara!

Poor Niobrara, Nebraska! The Missouri River is threatening to turn this Nebraska town, its newest town, into an island (at least for highway traffic). Niobrara is also one of Nebraska’s oldest towns. It was established in 1857, a scant three … Continue reading

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Steamboatin’ on the Missouri

Steamboats on the Missouri River were once an extremely important means of transportation for both people and products coming to Nebraska. The Nebraska State Historical Society holds a number of great resources of information about steamboat travel and navigation. Here … Continue reading

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Pershing for President in 1920

World War I did not produce a military hero who became President, but it did launch at least one aspirant, Gen. John J. Pershing, who was supreme commander of the U.S. forces in Europe during the war. Pershing challenged a … Continue reading

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J. C. Penney’s Middle Name Really Was “Cash”

James Cash Penney wasn’t a Nebraskan, and he started his famous retail franchise in Wyoming, but he opened stores in more than fifty Nebraska towns. No merchant before or since has come close to that mark. David Delbert Kruger tells … Continue reading

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