Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Bachelors’ Protective Union of Kearney

When the Bachelors’ Protective Union gave a gala reception for two of its newly married (former) members and their brides in March of 1890, the social club for young, single business and professional men was already well known in Kearney. … Continue reading

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Upcoming Release of the 1940 Census

Join us on Sunday, March 25, 2012 to learn more about the 1940 U.S. Census to be released on April 2nd. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society, in partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society, has organized a special program relating … Continue reading

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Nan J. Aspinwall, Western Entertainer

When Nan Aspinwall arrived in New York on July 8, 1911, after a ride on horseback from San Francisco to New York, it was perhaps the highlight of a long and colorful career as an oriental dancer, sharpshooter, trick roping … Continue reading

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No Riding on the Sidewalk!

I recently ran across a booklet containing the Ordinances of the City of Beatrice, Nebraska from the year 1885. I thought I would share a few items of interest.According to Ordinance no. 60, it was unlawful to ride a bicycle, … Continue reading

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America Illustrated

His art was admired by Norman Rockwell. His handiwork can be seen in ads from General Motors, Packard, and Campbell Soup. In the course of his career, 129 of his works became published as Saturday Evening Post covers. However, few … Continue reading

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Brown Bag Lecture to Discuss Overland Trail Sketches

Surviving images and artistic renditions of Oregon-California Trail scenes are rare. Views by Arkansas artist William Minor Quesenbury (1822-1888)  showing trail landmarks in Nebraska and Wyoming exhibit a skill surpassing that of almost all other sketch artists on the trail. … Continue reading

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Huff and Puff Not Enough to Destroy This Straw Building

Everyone has heard that necessity is the mother of invention. This is best exemplified in times of war, when the necessities of a country are tested to the maximum. During World War II, architects and builders were forced to find … Continue reading

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Mystery Grave in Boyd County

Like something out of detective fiction, a crew digging a trench found an unmarked grave in a rural field where no graves were known to exist. This 2000 discovery near Lynch, Nebraska, resulted in an excavation led by Nebraska State … Continue reading

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