Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hedwig Rosenberg’s Persian Lamb Coat

The Nebraska History museum has a collection of clothing that spans almost 150 years. Some of these items have important stories to tell. Here is one of those stories. In the early years of the 1930s, life for Hedwig and … Continue reading

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Home Movie Day reminder…

There is still time to submit your home movies for possible inclusion in “Home Movie Day” this fall. Do you have home movies showing choice community events? Family fun? Scenes of travels near and far? The Nebraska State Historical Society … Continue reading

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The Nebraska Statesman: The People Behind the Picture

An iconic Solomon Butcher photograph portrays a frontier newspaper office in Broken Bow. But the story of the two men who founded the short-lived paper has not been told until now. Patricia C. Gaster writes about it in the Fall … Continue reading

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New Reference Room Hours Starting Sept. 6th

In response to popular demand, the Library/Archives Reference Room will no longer close over the noon hour, but opening will be one hour later. The new hours will be: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 – 4:00 Saturday, 8:00 – 5:00 (Saturday hours remain … Continue reading

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Souvenir Spoons

Collecting souvenir spoons became a popular hobby for Americans in the late 1800s. Wealthy tourists visiting Europe brought home these mementos marked with the names of foreign cities and famous landmarks they had seen. The Omaha Daily Bee on May … Continue reading

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Share Your Home Movies with the Nebraska State Historical Society

Do you have home movies showing choice community events? Family fun? Scenes of travels near and far? The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) invites you to loan your home movie gems for possible inclusion in “Home Movie Day,” to be … Continue reading

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Dan Desdunes and the Birth of Omaha Jazz

Dan Desdunes lived a remarkable life as a bandleader, educator, and civil rights activist. In his native New Orleans, he played a key role in an unsuccessful legal challenge to railway segregation that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous … Continue reading

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Pests on the Plains: The Potato Bug

With the sole exception of grasshoppers, perhaps the most hated insects to afflict the pioneer farmer were potato bugs. So prevalent were they at one time in Nebraska that one of the state’s early nicknames, the “Bug Eaters,” was said … Continue reading

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International Religious Leader Visits Nebraska

The Bahá’í Faith was founded by Bahá’u’lláh in 19th-century Persia. `Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas (1844-1921), eldest son of Bahá’í founder Bahá’u’lláh, became the sole interpreter of his father’s teaching after Bahá’u’lláh’s death. `Abdu’l-Bahá toured the United States in 1912 to promote unity … Continue reading

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Newly Discovered Diary Tells of Building the Transcontinental Telegraph

The transcontinental telegraph was a remarkable technological feat that had major consequences for the West and the nation as a whole. Yet relatively little has been written about it. Historians Dennis N. Mihelich and James E. Potter have edited First … Continue reading

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