Monthly Archives: November 2011

Aviation Exhibit to Open December 1 at Nebraska History Museum

A new exhibit, Pioneering Aviators from Flyover Country, at the Nebraska History Museum at Fifteenth and P streets in Lincoln, will open December 1. From farm boys testing homemade biplanes in hay meadows near Lexington, to B-29 bombers rolling out … Continue reading

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Miles, Mules, and Men: The Forgotten Front of the Civil War

Imagine your car. Now consider the amount of gas that it requires to keep it running. Picture that your car is in the middle of rural, untamed Nebraska: there are no gas stations for miles. Multiply your car into several … Continue reading

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Rev. Russel Taylor and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1920s Omaha.

There are certain names we instantly recognize as those who passionately loved and strove for equality. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony and many others have a permanent place in history textbooks as heroes of social justice. There … Continue reading

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E. R. Purcell Remembers Newspaper Career in Custer County

“I have recently rounded out fifty years of newspaper work in Custer County,” wrote Emerson R. Purcell in late 1942, shortly after the publication of the golden anniversary edition of his Custer County Chief of Broken Bow. In reminiscences on … Continue reading

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How Shall We Make Beatrice Grow?

How does one transform a prairie town into a thriving cultural center? When a town desires to strengthen the moral fiber of its citizens, protect its young people from vice, and attract the “most desirable class of people” what route … Continue reading

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Will Pigs Help Win the War?

After the United States entered World War I in April of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Herbert Hoover head of the U.S. Food Administration. Hoover believed that food would win the war and established specific days to encourage people to … Continue reading

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The Sioux City & Pacific Railroad Company

The Library/Archives recently acquired this stock certificate for the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad Company. The company was founded in 1864 for the express purpose of building a connection between Sioux City, Iowa and the Union Pacific’s main line at … Continue reading

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Carry Nation Debated Woman Suffrage in Seward

Carry A. Nation’s anti-saloon activities in Nebraska in December 1901 and early 1902 took her not only to Lincoln and Omaha but to Nebraska City and a number of smaller towns, where she was a star attraction. In Humboldt, reported … Continue reading

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A Lincoln Highway Radiator Emblem

The Nebraska History Museum recently acquired this radiator emblem which advertises the Lincoln Highway. In 1912, the Lincoln Highway Association formed to create the first transcontinental highway from New York to San Francisco.  In Nebraska, some of the towns it … Continue reading

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