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Holiday Wishes from 1948

The staff of the Varsity Theatre, located in 1948 at 143 North Thirteenth Street in Lincoln, wished the movie-going public a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in the above staff picture, published December 25, 1948, in Lincoln newspapers. An … Continue reading

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Christmas Trees Opposed by J. Sterling Morton

J. Sterling Morton (1832-1902) had a distinguished political career in this state, serving twice in the territorial legislature, as territorial secretary from 1858 to 1861, and on two occasions as acting territorial governor. He also served as secretary of the … Continue reading

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A Midsummer Christmas Eve

Freakish weather is not unique to the twenty-first century. The Christmas of 1889 in Omaha was memorable chiefly for the record high temperatures recorded there. The Omaha Daily Bee on December 25, under the headline “Mid-Summer Christmas Eve,” reflected the … Continue reading

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The Long Life of a Cherished Gift

  We all know that a gift needn’t be expensive, flashy, or purchased to be loved.  The story of this rocking horse proves that. We’re fortunate that this cherished little piece of Nebraska history ended up in the Society’s collection … Continue reading

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Colors of the Season

Red and green are colors traditionally associated with the Christmas holiday.  They are also common on quilts made during our country’s colonial era and during the colonial revival of the early 1900s.  The Nebraska State Historical Society’s quilt collection features … Continue reading

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Pleasant Hill School

The Library/Archives recently acquired a collection relating to the Maunder family from Hastings, Nebraska. The bulk of the collection consists of diaries kept by Edith Maunder and two of her daughters, Vera Maunder and Ellen Maunder Ritchey. While the collection … Continue reading

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Christmas in 1905

A growing middle class at the beginning of the twentieth century meant that many parents had more money to spend on their children at Christmas. The Lincoln Evening News on December 23, 1905, reported that “more valuable gifts have been … Continue reading

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Christmas in Downtown Lincoln, 1946

I love the holidays. They are always such a wonderfully busy time of year. From spending time with friends and family to shopping for gifts, it is my favorite time of the year. On December 22, 1946, the Macdonald Studio … Continue reading

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A Nebraska Artist’s Christmas

     The Christmas Taffy Pull, Oil on Canvas Mounted on Board, 1964. This appeared on the cover of the Omaha World-Herald’s Magazine of the Midlands.  These two paintings, with Christmas themes, were created by Terence Duren (1907-1968) a leading Nebraska artist … Continue reading

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Christmas at Fort Robinson

Fort Robinson provides the following holiday story of devotion and courage from A Frontier Army Christmas, compiled and annotated by Lori A. Cox-Paul and Dr. James Wengert, and published by the Nebraska State Historical Society. In December 1882 Corp. Martin … Continue reading

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