Monthly Archives: August 2011

Something fun from the NSHS Photo Collection

Are you ready for a little photo fun?  I recently came across this image in our collection. Can you guess what this strange contraption was used for?  Post your best guesses in the comment section below. I will even give … Continue reading

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The Military Career of Butler B. Miltonberger

Born in North Platte in 1897, Butler B. Miltonberger began his military service as a private in June of 1916, when the National Guard was mobilized during the Mexican border dispute. During World War I, Miltonberger fought with the 4th … Continue reading

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What Are Legitimate Features of the Fair?

Sideshows have become institutions at most fairs–it just wouldn’t seem like the fair without “the amazing two-headed calf.” More than 125 years ago, when Nebraska county fairs were new, sideshows sometimes caused contentious debate. In fact, the question “What are … Continue reading

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

In the early 1900s, this bell was used on a homestead in Otoe County to call farmhands to meals. In the 1920s, it was used by WJAG radio announcer, and future Nebraska Senator, Karl Stefan to add sound effects to … Continue reading

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