Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Many children have fond memories of Halloween. That memory often consists of candy gathering, parties with friends, or dressing in costumes and pretending to be someone else. The importance of the mask in history is the topic of much literature, … Continue reading

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Spirit Photography

With the discovery of photography, along with using the technique of double exposing a negative, many interesting images have appeared through the years. The deliberate creation of a spirit photograph by a photographer in an attempt to financially exploit believers … Continue reading

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Vampires of Nebraska

Custer County Chief, 1/3/1896 Another frightening-if-true story with a supernatural twist comes out of the northwest county of Dawes, just around the Pine Ridge. The end of 1895 saw a number of brutal attacks against many herds of cattle and … Continue reading

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Canning the Way to Victory

During American participation in World War I the U.S. Food Administration, under the direction of Herbert Hoover, launched a massive campaign to persuade Americans to economize on food and to grow gardens in their backyards. Housewives were urged to “can … Continue reading

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Nebraska Hall of Fame Nomination Received; Deadline 12-31-11

Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission Receives First Nominee; Deadline December 31, 2o11  John M. Thayer, Nebraska Civil War General and later Governor, is the first nominee submitted to the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission for consideration as a possible 2014 … Continue reading

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Messages from the Great Beyond

The practice of Spiritualism primarily involved the communication with spirits or ghostly associations who have “gone over,” or died in the flesh. Claiming to be in contact with the beyond, the Fox sisters from New York are credited with starting … Continue reading

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A Window into Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Car

If you had to guess the history of this object, what would you think? Perhaps an old, well-used picture frame?  Actually it’s original purpose was a window frame, and it’s part of a much bigger story. This window frame was from the … Continue reading

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The Haunted Cabin of James Conway

#4 Alexandria Journal 10/30/1965 The town of Alexandria, population 73 at last count, is found northwest of Fairbury. This sleepy farm community is said to have had within its boundary, a haunted cabin with a history going back to 1878. … Continue reading

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A Haunted Cowboy

3 Hemingford Herald 4/24/1896 The Old West has its share of ghostly lore, no matter what section of the country you study, and Nebraska is no exception. By 1896 most of the territorial fighting had calmed down in Western Nebraska … Continue reading

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A Question of Business: Will Machines Replace Stenographers?

In 1877 Thomas A. Edison invented a machine that could record and reproduce the human voice using a tinfoil-covered cylinder. Edison’s phonograph, his trade name for his device, was followed in 1886 by Alexander Graham Bell’s graphophone that used wax … Continue reading

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