Growing up on the Farm: Nebraska Farmer Youth Pages, 1904-1965 - Kylie Kinley
Nebraska Farmer magazine was the only outlet most rural Nebraska children had to reach the world outside their schools and farms. For half a century, they voiced their dreams, concerns, and questions in the magazine's youth column.
"Omaha Charley" and the Bristol Collection of Native American Artifacts - Tina Koeppe
Using the name "Omaha Charley," David Charles Bristol toured the United States during the 1870s-1890s, giving lectures about Native American life and culture and presenting a touring museum complete with Native American performers to entertain the crowds. What began as a sideshow attraction became one of the Nebraska History Museum's most significant collections.
Creating an "Image Center": Reimagining Omaha's Downtown and Riverfront, 1986-2003 - Janet R. Daly Bednarek
In 1986, downtown Omaha saw the loss of one major employer (Enron) and was facing the potential loss of another (ConAgra). The riverfront, meanwhile, was an industrial zone dominated by a lead refinery. Omaha's return to the river involved not just massive physical transformation, but an extensive reconceptualization of the downtown and riverfront.
For the People: Nebraska's New Deal Art - Deb Arenz
During a time of economic crisis, the federal government commissioned works of art that reflected the "American Scene." Here are selected works from a current exhibit at the Nebraska History Museum.
A Scandal in Niobrara: The Controversial Career of Rev. Samuel D. Hinman - Anne Beiser Allen
Accused of a "cool calculating evil" by his bishop and dismissed from his missionary post with the Santee Sioux in Niobrara, Nebraska, Samuel Hinman spent years trying to clear his name. Were the charges against him accurate, or was he targeted because of his progressive attitudes toward Native Americans?
Locating Callaway - Patricia C. Gaster
Founded in 1885, Callaway in Custer County experienced one of the hardest-fought town site battles in central Nebraska.
From Civilian Life to Army Life: Fred Pickering's World War I Narrative - Edited by Jeff Patrick
Though many Nebraskans served in the Great War, we have few war narratives written by them. Fred Pickering was a farmer from Ulysses, Nebraska, who wrote a lively account of army life for the folks back home.
Collecting Parks - Jill Koelling
A Lincoln couple's photographs and travel diaries are an important source documenting early travel to America's national parks.
The National Game at Cody - John Curtis Jenkins, with introduction and afterword by John E. Carter
Did a legendary Sandhills baseball game between the Spade and Diamond Bar ranches really take place in 1890? It turns out that a hilarious 1916 account of the game was based on real people and real events with some improvements.
Growing Celery in the Platte Valley - Patricia C. Gaster
A brief look at a forgotten experiment in Nebraska agriculture.
"Striving for Equal Rights for All": Woman Suffrage in Nebraska 1855-1882 - Kristin Mapel Bloomberg
For years, suffrage leaders such as Susan B. Anthony saw Nebraska as the nation's best hope to grant women the right to vote, but an 1882 statewide election caused the movement to rethink its national strategy.
"Out here among the infernal Red skins":
Frank Appleton's 1874 Letter from Red Cloud Agency
Frank Appleton was a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time-he just didn't know it yet.
Social Transformation and the Farmers' Alliance Experience:
Populism in Saunders County, Nebraska - John A. Sautter
Drought and depression led to radical politics in 1890s Nebraska. Saunders County didn't fit the typical profile, but became a Populist stronghold thanks to its robust Farmer's Alliance culture.
The Missouri National Recreational River:
An Unlikely Alliance of Landowners and Conservationists - Daniel D. Spegel
In 1978 lawmakers hailed a fragile alliance of landowners and conservationists who sought to protect a rare "natural" stretch of the Missouri River. The result was not what they expected.
The Clay County Pig Club Song, 1922
Club members sang the praises of modern hog farming practices.
Looking for "Wide-Awake" Young People:
Commercial Business Colleges in Nebraska, 1873-1950 - Oliver B. Pollak
High schools taught no office skills. Colleges taught the classics. By the late nineteenth century, entrepreneurs founded business colleges as an alternative to both.
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