Author Archives: Kayla Henzel

Throwback Thursday: Welcome T. Bryant Memorial Award

The month of February is African American History Month and we are celebrating with this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

The Welcome T. Bryant Memorial Award was presented to Charles B. Washington for outstanding community service. From Omaha, Nebraska, Charles B. Washington was a journalist, mentor, and activist. He is known for his work in the North Omaha area. On September 14, 1986, the North Branch of the Omaha Public Library was renamed after him.

This image from the 1980s is published and owned by Omaha Public Library. The items in this collection include early Omaha-related maps dating from 1825 to 1922, as well as over 1,000 postcards and photographs of the Omaha area. Also included are items relating to the life of Charles B. Washington, a local civil rights activist.

Check out the items in the collection and other items related to African American history on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: Orchestra

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we have an 8″x10″ black and white acetate negative featuring an orchestra made up of all male African American musicians. This image was taken on December 8, 1937 at the Orpheum Theatre.

This image is provided and owned by the Durham Museum. See all the material provided by the Durham Museum on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: Shoveling Snow

Snow happens…whether we like it or not!

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is going back to February of 1940. This 3-5/8″ x 4-3/4″ black and white acetate negative shows a young boy shoveling snow in Omaha, Nebraska. This image was taken for the Optimist Club.

This image was taken by William Wentworth and is owned by the Durham Museum. William Wentworth worked as both a freelance and commercial photographer, providing a unique view of architecture, businesses, and community life. The William Wentworth Collection consists of images that document life in Omaha, Nebraska from 1934 through 1950.

Check out all of the 4,663 negatives in this collection on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: Volleyball

Nebraska volleyball is back tomorrow and we’re celebrating with this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This week, we have an 10″x8″ black and white photograph from the Immanuel Deaconess Institute. Several nursing students are playing volleyball in Bloom Hall.

This image is published and owned by the Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center. An archive of thousands of photos, papers and items has been maintained for over 120 years. The rich and well documented history of Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska is shown in the images of early buildings, people and artifacts.

Check out this full collection on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Regional Library Systems Newsletters

Stay informed with your Regional Library System’s most recent newsletter, or find out what libraries across the state are up to! You can find all archived newsletters on the NLC Regional Library Systems’ Newsletter webpage.



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The Nebraska Regional Library Systems consist of four non-profit corporations governed by boards representative of libraries and citizens in the region. The four systems were established to provide access to improved library services through the cooperation of all types of libraries and media centers within the counties included in each System area. Each system offers a variety of services such as regular newsletters, meetings of library staff, workshops, consulting, and planning reflective of the needs within the region. The systems help the Nebraska Library Commission meet its goals on a more localized level.

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Throwback Thursday: Kreuger’s Lake

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week we have a black and white photograph of Kreuger’s Lake. From 1920 to 1950, this was a popular place in Cheyenne County. At the far left of the photograph is a boat house and a slide for those who would go to swim. On the right side of the image is a community building that was used to hold meetings and dances. Today it is now a private home.

This photograph is published and owned by the Cheyenne County Historical Society and Museum which is located in Sidney. This collection of historical photographs represents the people and places of Sidney, Fort Sidney, Potter, Dalton and other communities in the county. The images featured in this collection include photographs showing business districts in the heart of these towns, troops stationed at the fort, and William Jennings Bryan speaking at the Cheyenne County Court House.

See everything in this collection and many more on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: Parade

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we have a black and white photograph of cars lined up for a parade during the early 1900’s.

This image was captured by John Nelson. John Nelson was born in 1864 in Harestad, Sweden. He came to Nebraska with his parents when he was 17 years old. His photographs show life in small town Nebraska during the first decades of the 20th century. They include subjects such as automobiles, local businesses, and community activities. This photograph is provided and owned by History Nebraska.

If you’re someone who enjoys history, especially Nebraska history, check out the Nebraska Memories archive!

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: Construction of the Nebraska State Capitol

It’s time for another #throwback from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we’re going back to May 13, 1924. This photo, owned by Townsend Studio, shows construction of the third capitol building. Construction began in 1922 and was completed in 1932.

This photo was created by Alva C. Townsend and is published by Townsend Studio. The Studio has been in continuous operation since its founding in 1888 by Timothy Townsend with his sons, Alva C. and Charles. Alva continued the operation until 1945 when he sold the studio. Today, it is run by Bradford J. Clark. The Studio holds a collection of glass plate and acetate negatives of early Lincoln and early residents. Images also include University of Nebraska and high school sports teams, state governors and Lincoln mayors.

Check out this whole collection on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: Christmas Dinner

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This photograph from 1915 shows a table set up and ready for Christmas dinner. It is owned by the Dodge County Historical Society and published to Nebraska Memories by Keene Memorial Library in Fremont Nebraska. In partnership, they digitized and described content owned by the historical society. The collection includes photographs that document life in Fremont during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Check out this collection and many more on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: 1909 Football Team

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This picture from 1909 shows the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney posed on Central Avenue in Kearney, Nebraska. Founded in 1905, the school was renamed to Nebraska State Teachers College in 1921 and then renamed again in 1963 to Kearney State College. In 1991, the college joined the Nebraska University system.

This image is published and owned by the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Calvin T. Library at the University of Nebraska at Kearney worked with the Nebraska Library Commission to digitize and make available on the Web selected photos from its collections. Images in this collection show faculty, students, buildings and activities from the first dozen years of the school’s existence.

Check it out on the Nebraska Memories archive!

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: A Christmas Carol

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit with this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This photographic montage shows images from various performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Omaha Community Playhouse from 1976 to 2005.

The Omaha Community Playhouse put on its first production of “A Christmas Carol” in 1976. It was adapted for the stage by director Charles Jones. For 30 years, the character of Scrooge was played by Dick Boyd. He portrayed the character over 800 times and never missed a performance.

This image is published and owned by the Omaha Community Playhouse. Its digitized collection includes images of the playhouse and its performances. Some actors included in these images are Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, and Dorothy McGuire.

Check out this collection and many more on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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NLC Staff: Meet Amy Irons

Questions and Answers with Talking Book and Braille Circulation Technician, Amy Irons. She started working with the NLC in August of 2019. Take a few minutes and get to know her better with a few fun questions!

What was the last thing you googled?
Horse Creek Adventures

What advice would you give your 21 year old self?
It’s okay if you don’t have it figured out yet

What’s your ideal vacation?
Mountains and forest

What do you do to relax?
Art: paint, draw, sew, cross stitch

Describe your first car?
A 1987 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Station Wagon with wood paneling. It was white and her name was Billy

What was the first concert you remember attending?
All for One at the Nebraska State Fair

What movie can you watch over and over again?
Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, The Princess Bride

What was the last book you read?
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

What was the last movie you watched?
Birds of Prey

What is your proudest handyman moment?
I installed ceiling fans

Three words that describe you?
Weird, silly, and kind

What smell brings back great memories?
Pine trees and Christmas

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
The power to heal

What’s the last thing you do before you got to bed?
Make the rounds in my house to make sure all the doors and windows are locked and then snuggle with my dog

Do you have any tattoos?
Yes – seven

What is your favorite comfort food when you are sick?
Miso soup

What words or phrases do you overuse?
She was not fragile like a flower, she was fragile like a bomb

What’s your most treasured possession?
My son – Bodhi – age 11

What posters did you have on your wall as a kid?
Lisa Frank’s unicorns and dolphins

Do you love or hate rollercoasters?
Love

Do you have any pets?
One fat unruly cat named Girl Girl and a dog named Cora who is the sweetest girl that ever lived.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Taco Bell

Favorite technology you could not live without?
The Internet

If you could get rid of one holiday – which one would you abolish?
Columbus Day

If you could only eat one kind of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi

If you could call anyone in the world and have a one-hour conversation, what would you call?
Lizzo

What do you get every time you go to the grocery store?
Mio

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Throwback Thursday: Picnic

It’s a Thanksgiving themed #Throwback from Nebraska Memories!

This black and white postcard from the early 1900s shows a large group of men, women and children having a picnic. This image was created by John Nelson and is published by History Nebraska.

History Nebraska digitized content from the John Nelson collection. John Nelson was born in Sweden and came to Nebraska at 17 years old alongside his parents. His photos show small town life in Nebraska during the early 20th century. He shot photographs of local businesses, community activities, and automobiles.

See all the materials in this collection on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. The Nebraska Memories archive is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in Nebraska Memories, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: Train Wreck at Red Cloud

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is taking a look at the 1908 train wreck that happened in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Both of these images are published by the McCook Public Library and owned by the High Plains Historical Society and Museum. Together, in partnership, they digitized images that document early growth of the railroad in McCook and the surrounding area.

If you are someone who likes history, especially history related to Nebraska, check out the Nebraska Memories archive!

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: Lieutenant M.J. Coulter Bomber Crew Group

We’re honoring Nebraska Veterans with today’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This week’s #throwback features an 8″x10″ glass plate negative of Lieutenant M.J. Coulter and bomber crew. This photo was taken in December of 1943 by Alva C. Townsend.

This image is owned and published by Townsend Studio. The studio has been in continuous operation since its founding in 1888 by Timothy Townsend with his sons Alva C. and Charles. Alva continued operation until 1945 when he sold the studio. Townsend Studio holds a collection of glass plate and acetate negatives of early Lincoln and early residents. Images also include University of Nebraska and high school sports teams, state governors, and city mayors.

If you are someone who likes history, especially history about Nebraska, check out the Nebraska Memories archive!

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. The Nebraska Memories archive is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in Nebraska Memories, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: Chief Red Cloud and Friends

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

Seated in front are Chief Red Cloud and Battiste “Little Bat” Garnier. Standing behind them are Jack Red Cloud, the son of Chief Red Cloud; and Knife.

Battiste “Little Bat” Garnier died on December 16, 1900. He was shot by James Haugewood, the bartender in Bruer & Hogle saloon over a bar bill dispute.

This 5″ x 8″ black and white portrait is published by the Crawford Public Library and owned by the Crawford Historical Society and Museum. In partnership with the Crawford Public Library, the Crawford Historical Society and Museum digitized a number of images of the Crawford area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. See all the portraits, photographs, and postcards in this collection on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Young Readers Invited to Write to Favorite Authors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 3, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Tessa Terry
402-471-3434
800-307-2665

Young Readers Invited to Write to Favorite Authors

Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Nebraska Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a state reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre-fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic-explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s view of the world. Submissions must be completed online November 1- December 31, 2020. Nebraska Letters About Literature is coordinated and sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book and the Nebraska Library Commission, with support from Houchen Bindery, Ltd., Humanities Nebraska, and Chapters Bookstore in Seward.

The Nebraska Center for the Book’s panel of judges will select a winner and alternate per competition level (Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8, and Level III for grades 9-12) to be honored in a proclamation-signing ceremony at the state capitol during National Library Week in April 2021. Their winning letters will be placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln. Nebraska winners and alternates will receive state prizes.

Teachers, librarians, and parents can download the contest guidelines, free teaching materials, information on the online entry system, and past winning letters on the Nebraska Center for the Book website. There will be an informational NCompass Live webinar on Wednesday, November 4th at 10:00 am CT discussing this year’s contest. Get inspired by listening to past Nebraska winners, Ashley Xiques and Sydney Kohl, read and talk about their letters on NET Radio’s All About Books (netnebraska.org/basic-page/radio/all-about-books). For more information contact Nebraska Center for the Book.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, “bringing together people and information.”

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The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases .

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CCC Library Information Services Classes

Central Community College announces class for the Library Information Services program for Spring 2021.

Enrollment opens November 12, 2020 for classes beginning January 11, 2021. All classes are online and can be applied to a Central Community College Associate Degree.

See details of classes and registration information at https://www.cccneb.edu/library/

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Throwback Thursday: Baseball Game

The World Series may be over, but we’re not ready for baseball to end. This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is going way back to an early 1900s baseball game.

This image was created by John Nelson and is owned by History Nebraska. John Nelson was born in Sweden in 1864. He came to Nebraska at the age of 17 with his parents. His photographs show life in small town Nebraska during the early 20th century.

Check out all his photos on the Nebraska Memories collection!

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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Throwback Thursday: University of Nebraska Football Team in 1894

Husker football is back and we are celebrating with this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

The University of Nebraska first played football in 1890. Four years later, in 1894, the team won the conference championship with a 7-2 record. This image of the 1894 champions is owned and published by Townsend Studio. Townsend Studio has been in continuous operation since it was founded. It holds a collection of glass plate and acetate negatives of early Lincoln and early residents.

Want to see more Husker history? Check out this collection and more on the Nebraska Memories archive!

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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