Tag Archives: Great Depression

Historic Detail in Minden’s Depression-Era Art

In a previous post on the NSHS blog, we told you about Nebraska’s twelve post office murals, as presented in Robert  Puschendorf’s new book Nebraska’s Post Office Murals: Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal. One of the … Continue reading

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…Talk About the Drought! President Roosevelt Visits Nebraska Panhandle

In an earlier post we we recalled the effects of the 1890s drought in Nebraska. Unfortunately, it would not be the last. In 1936, Nebraska farmers were facing similar hardship. The ongoing drought (or “drouth” as it was often spelled) … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s New Deal Art Legacy

Historical treasures can be found in many unexpected places. Sometimes, they may be right in front of us for a long time before we recognize their value. When the New Deal sought to breathe life into the Depression-era economy, scores … Continue reading

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The Corner Drugstore, 1934

One of the joys of the extensive NSHS photo collection is the inevitability of stumbling upon interesting photos that have nothing to do with what you’re actually looking for. (This is one reason we have a blog.) Here’s a scene … Continue reading

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Oh, the Irony

The designer of this 1930 advertising stationery didn’t know it yet, but the expression “Thriving Thirties” was not going to catch on. Printed by the Epsten Lithographing Co. of Omaha, the stationery could be printed as standard letterhead on one … Continue reading

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It’s Too Hot to Sleep Inside!

During the Great Depression Nebraskans became accustomed to living under trying conditions. People had to cope not only with hard economic times, but with the intense heat accompanied by drought that plagued this state and much of the rest of … 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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Beating the Heat in the 1930s

The mid-1930s saw some of the hottest summer temperatures ever recorded in Nebraska. When Ruth Godfrey Donovan and her family moved to Lincoln in 1934, the Depression and a severe drought were well underway. Donovan, who lived in a small … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s New Deal Art

For those of you who were unable to make it to the Nebraska History Museum last year for the exhibit entitled, “For the People: Nebraska’s New Deal Art,” we have some good news! These works of art are now available … Continue reading

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Two Civilian Conservation Corps Souvenirs

The Nebraska History Museum recently received a collection of materials that belonged to Frederick Sydow. Today, I thought I’d share with you two objects related to Sydow’s work with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). These two souvenirs show that Sydow served … Continue reading

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