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Preservation is place-making

Join us on June 14 for Nebraska’s first statewide historic preservation conference, Building Community: Preservation is Place-making. “Place-making” is about creating and maintaining a community’s identity. We define a community’s uniqueness and character by its historic places—downtowns, courthouses, parks, and … Continue reading

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The Missouri River Flood of 1881

Snowfall in the winter of 1880-81 was unusually heavy, not only in Nebraska but in the states to the east, with the first snow falling during the last week in October. From January through most of March there was particularly … Continue reading

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“Devil Clouds” Marks Centennial of Omaha Tornado

Tune in to NET on Friday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for Devil Clouds: Tornadoes Strike Nebraska, a look at the infamous 1913 Omaha tornado. From NET’s website: “Easter Sunday 1913 dawned as a spring-like day of celebration. It … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Unlikely Landscapes

A rocky outcrop is covered with small round cacti. Wide dusty badlands look like a backdrop for a Wild West movie. High rocky bluffs make the landscape below look miniature. It may come as a surprise to many (even Nebraskans!) … Continue reading

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The Rescue of Oscar Phelps

“Quite an exciting scene was witnessed last evening, on the river bank just opposite Boyd’s packing house,” said the Omaha Daily Bee on January 23, 1882, “which came near resulting very seriously.” An accident victim, rescued from a fall through … Continue reading

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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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Nebraska’s Seventy-fifth Anniversary, 1854-1929

The Diamond Jubilee celebrated by Nebraska in early November of 1929 didn’t mark Nebraska’s seventy-fifth year as a state, but its seventy-fifth as a political unit. The 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act making it a territory was commemorated in 1929 with three … Continue reading

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Lights, Please

For someone living today, it is hard to imagine the splendor of seeing electric lights for the first time. When the Grand Court of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition lit up on June 1, 1898, thousands were treated to their … Continue reading

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Shoeing Omaha: “Attirement of Their Feet” in 1888

Browsing through the advertisements in early Nebraska newspapers reveals that our grandparents and great-grandparents had a choice of fashionable footwear. “A neat foot in a tidy fitting shoe or boot is the pride of the average man and woman,” said … Continue reading

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Twister Tall Tales

Tall tales of the freakish nature of Nebraska tornadoes are sometimes found in the pages of early newspapers in this state. The Columbus Journal is the source for several stories of people supposedly picked up, whirled aloft, and then returned … Continue reading

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