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On Omaha’s “Streets of Cairo” in 1898

The best-known photographs of Omaha’s 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition feature the elegant Grand Court (which looked even more spectacular at night, thanks to an unprecedented use of electric lighting). But next to the Grand Court was the not-so-elegant Midway, … 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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