Tag Archives: Kearney

A Birdman at the Fair

The star attraction of the 1911 Dawes County Fair in Chadron, held September 12-15, was the twice-daily exhibition flights by barnstormer Charles F. Walsh (1877-1912)., a native of California. Walsh, flying a Curtiss biplane, was advertised by the Chadron Journal … Continue reading

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How to Impress a Tourist: The 1909 Glidden Auto Tour

In late July, 1909, Nebraska newspapers were abuzz with news of the Glidden Auto Tour. “Glidden Tourists Pass Through Omaha,” “Glidden Tourists Will Go at Top Speed Through Fremont,” “Thousands Welcome Glidden Tourists,” and “Glidden Tour Makes Kearney the Mecca … Continue reading

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Hit the Road with Nebraska History

We have fun selecting photos for Nebraska History, our quarterly magazine. The cover photo on the new Fall 2012 issue is one of our favorites. It shows Jean Bemb and John Machesky and companions in their Chalmers cars outside Kearney, … Continue reading

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Cherry Day at the Watson Ranch

In 1888, H. D. Watson established the historic Watson Ranch, at one time containing 8,000 acres, reaching from the fertile Platte Valley on the south to the rolling hills on the north and from downtown Kearney to a point five … Continue reading

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The Dandelion Rake

“Kearney has it and has it bad,” said the Kearney Daily Hub on May 14, 1902. “The dandelion is taking the town, literally overrunning it from end to end, covering lawns and terraces, and furnishing ‘greens’ enough to supply the … Continue reading

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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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Seeing Lincoln: Nebraska Civil War Veterans Remember

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1925 was celebrated by the History Club of Kearney State Teachers College with a dinner attended by members of the club and by several honored guests who had seen Lincoln during their Civil War military service. … Continue reading

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Skating Under Cover: Kearney’s Indoor Ice Rink

Ice skating enthusiasts in Nebraska braved winter weather and rough ice before the advent of the indoor rink made “skating under cover” a more comfortable experience. The Kearney Daily Hub on November 24, 1891, announced the opening of such a … Continue reading

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Something fun from the NSHS Photo Collection

Are you ready for a little photo fun?  I recently came across this image in our collection. Can you guess what this strange contraption was used for?  Post your best guesses in the comment section below. I will even give … Continue reading

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Bolte Manufacturing Company, Kearney, Nebraska

As the Curator of Manuscripts, I get to work with all sorts of interesting materials that document the history of individuals, families, businesses, and organizations here in Nebraska. I’m often pleasantly surprised when collections “inter-connect” and lead me to related … Continue reading

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