Tag Archives: Nebraska State Fair

The Search for Better Babies

“If better live stock, why not better babies?” asked a member of the Grange in the pages of Philadelphia’s Farm Journal in December of 1913. It was a natural question reflecting growing interest after 1900 in child development and concern … Continue reading

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NSHS Honors Waverly 4-H Club Member

Erica Peterson received a Nebraska State Historical Society Certificate of Achievement for her poster and scrapbook titled Discovering Nebraska One County at a Time at the 2012 Nebraska State Fair. Erica is a resident of Waverly in Lancaster County and prepared … 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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Photo Finish: Harold Mauck’s Stock Car Racing Collection

My name is Jenna Rhodes and I am an intern at the Nebraska State Historical Society.  I have been organizing a collection of photos taken in the 1950s and 60s by Harold Mauck, a resident of Plainview, Nebraska.  Harold owned … Continue reading

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Celebrating Nebraska Boy Scouts

I love looking at old photographs, which is good since I’m the photograph curator.  My favorite images are the ones that catch people completely unaware as the go about their lives. It is as if the photographer froze a little … Continue reading

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