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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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Which Baby is the Best?

The photograph above, from the Solomon D. Butcher Collection at the Nebraska State Historical Society, depicts a group of babies and young children in Broken Bow in 1903. Although the event at which they appeared is not identified, it was … 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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Hickman Gets the Fair

August and September are traditional months for county fairs in Nebraska, frequently (but not always)  held in a county seat town. In 1892 the village of Hickman made a determined bid to wrest the Lancaster County Fair from Lincoln. “For … Continue reading

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