Author Archives: Kayla Henzel

Throwback Thursday: Flag Print Clothing

We’re celebrating the 4th of July early with this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This black and white postcard of a man and woman wearing flag print clothing was created by John Nelson. It is published and owned by History Nebraska. John Nelson was born in Harestad, Sweden, in 1864. He came to Nebraska with his parents at the age of 17. His photographs tell the story of small town life in Nebraska during the first decades of the 20th century. Hist subjects included local businesses, community activities, and early automobiles.

Are you a history buff? If so, check out all the collections available on the Nebraska Memories archive!

Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. It 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. 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: Baton Twirlers

All smiles for this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This 3-5/8″ x 4-3/4″ black and white acetate negative shows five baton twirlers leading a parade in Columbus, Nebraska in 1939. This image is published and owned by The Durham Museum.

If you like history, check out the Nebraska Memories archive. It 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. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission.

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Throwback Thursday: Brewery

It’s a brew-tiful day for a #throwback!

This 8″x10″ black and white acetate negative was created by William Wentworth. It is published and owned by the Durham Museum. The William Wentworth collection consists of over 4,000 negatives of images that document life in Omaha, Nebraska from 1934 to 1950. He worked as a freelance and commercial photographer, providing a unique view of architecture, businesses, and community life.

See all the materials from this collection and more on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. It 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. 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: Queen of the College World Series

It’s another #Throwback from Nebraska Memories!

This black and white photograph shows Dorothy Gredstrom being crowned the School of Nursing Seniors Queen of the College World Series in June of 1959.

This week’s #throwbackthursday is provided and owned by the Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center. The rich and well documented history of Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha is shown in the images of early buildings, people and artifacts. An archive of thousands of photos, papers and items has been maintained for over 120 years, carefully stored and currently housed at the Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center campus.

Look through this collection and many more on the Nebraska Memories archive!

Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. It 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. 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: Stratospheric Balloon Crash

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we have a 10″x8″ black and white photograph of a stratospheric balloon crash. The crash happened fifteen miles northwest of Holdrege, Nebraska and briefly held the interest of the whole country. Captain Albert W. Stevens, Captain Orvil A. Anderson, and Major Kepner all parachuted to safety. The flight, sponsored in part by the National Geographic Society, was made for high altitude exploration and originated in Rapid City, South Dakota, reaching heights of 60,000 feet over Gothenberg, Nebraska. At least 5,000 spectators were held back by ropes.

This image is published by the Holdrege Area Public Library and is owned by the Phelps County Historical Society. The Holdrege Area Public Library partnered with the Phelps County Historical Society to digitize a collection of images portraying the history of Phelps County since the mid 1800’s. A 2008 LSTA grant funded the project. Check out the whole collection on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. It 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. 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: Aerial View of Omaha

Take a look at this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This black and white lantern slide shows an aerial view of Omaha, Nebraska, taken from the Omaha National Bank building, located on the corner of 17th and Farnam streets.

This image is owned and published by Omaha Public Library. Items in this collection include early Omaha-related maps, as well as over 1,100 postcards and photographs of the Omaha area. Check out the whole collection and more on the Nebraska Memories archive.

Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. It 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. 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: Ezra Meeker at Chimney Rock

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This early 1900’s postcard shows Ezra Meeker standing in front of an oxen-drawn wagon with Chimney Rock in the background.

In 1852, Ezra Meeker traveled the Oregon Trail with his wife and newborn son by wagon. In 1906-1908, Meeker traveled back along the Oregon Trail to bring attention to the importance of the trail and the people who traveled it. Chimney Rock was one of the most important landmarks on the trail.

This image is published and owned by the Nebraska Library Commission. The Commission’s collection includes material on the history of libraries in Nebraska, items related to the Nebraska Public Library Commission bookmobile, and items showcasing Nebraska’s state institutions. See all the materials on the Nebraska Memories archive.

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: Glimpses of Omaha

Look what we found on the Nebraska Memories archive!

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday features four views showing glimpses of Omaha, Nebraska. The top left image shows a birds-eye view of Capitol Avenue looking east from 16th Street. The top right image displays Farnam Street looking east. The bottom left picture shows Douglas Street looking east from 15th Street and the bottom right picture shows a birds-eye view of downtown looking northwest.

This image is provided and published by the Omaha Public Library. The items in this collection include early Omaha-related maps as well as over 1,100 postcards and photographs of the Omaha area. See everything in this collection on the Nebraska Memories archive.

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: C.B.&Q. Railroad Engine #2810

All aboard for this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This week’s #throwback features a 8×4″ black and white photograph of engine #2810 at a dirt road crossing. This image is owned by the High Plains Historical Society and Museum and is published to Nebraska Memories by the McCook Public Library.

The High Plains Historical Society and Museum worked in partnership with the McCook Public Library to digitize photographic images from the society’s collection. These images document the growth of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in McCook, Nebraska, and the surrounding area. The collection spans a time period from the early 1880s to the 1960s.

Want to see more Nebraska history? Check out all the collections on the Nebraska Memories archive! It’s 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: Round House

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This 4×7 inch black and white photograph features the McCook round house with eighteen stalls.

This image is owned by the High Plains Historical Society and Museum. The High Plains Historical Society and Museum and the McCook Public Library worked in partnership to digitize photographic images from the historical society’s collection. These images document early growth of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in McCook, Nebraska, and the surrounding area. The collection spans a time period from the early 1880s through the 1960s.

Check out the 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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Throwback Thursday: Airplane

This week’s #throwback is plane awesome!

This image was created by John Nelson and is provided by History Nebraska. John Nelson was born in Harestad, Sweden, in 1864. He came to Nebraska with his parents at the age of seventeen. His photographs tell the story of small town life in Nebraska during the first decades of the twentieth century. His subjects included local businesses, community activities, and early automobiles.

Check out the Nebraska Memories archive to see more Nebraska history!

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: “Driving Miss Daisy,” 1996

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

In 1996, Omaha actors John Beasley and Elaine Jabenis starred in the Omaha Community Playhouse presentation of “Driving Miss Daisy.” During the run of performances, John Beasley was called out of town to audition for a role in the movie, “The Apostle” starring Robert Duvall. The Playhouse cancelled the show for one night so that he could go to Georgia for the audition. He won the part, and has since become famous for roles in television series and movies.

This 8.5″ x 11″ black and white photograph is provided and owned by the Omaha Community Playhouse. This collection includes digitized images of the Playhouse and some of its performances. Some of the actors in these images are Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, and Dorothy McGuire. The Playhouse partnered with a University of Nebraska at Omaha Advanced Cataloging class, with the help of John Seyfarth, to digitize a portion of their extensive collection of photographs and create the metadata records for Nebraska Memories.

Want to see more Nebraska history? Check out all the collections on the Nebraska Memories archive! It’s 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: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

Welcome to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show!

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday takes us back to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1894. This specific show is taking place in a Brooklyn, New York arena. The performers include both Native Americans and white men dressed as either cowboys or United States Army soldiers. The participant on the left side center of the photograph, identified with an X, is George W. Johnson of Holdrege.

This 12″x16″ sepia-toned photograph is owned by the Phelps County Historical Society and is published by the Holdrege Area Public Library. The library partnered with the Historical Society to digitize a collection of images portraying the history of Phelps County since the mid 1880’s. Subsets of this collection depict the Atlanta POW Camp which housed German prisoners of war during WWII, photos of Dr. Frank A. Brewster, known as the “Flying Doctor,” and the Christian Children’s Home. There are also several photographs from the George W. Johnson collection at the Museum that show typical scenes from the Buffalo Bill Wild West show in which Johnson was a performer.

If you want to see more Nebraska history, check out the Nebraska Memories archive! It’s 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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CCC Library Information Services Classes

Central Community College announces classes for the Library and Information Services program for Fall 2020.

Registration opens April 14, 2020 for classes beginning August 17, 2020. 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: Art Deco Style

We’re going back to the 30’s with this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This 8″ x 10″ black and white acetate negative shows the lobby of a building located in Omaha, Nebraska. This room is decorated in Art Deco style. The floor is tiled in a bold angled pattern and the walls are made of marble. The doors located on the back wall are decorated with metal work.

This image is part of the William Wentworth Collection that is provided and owned by the Durham Museum. The collection consists of 4663 negatives of images that document life in Omaha, Nebraska from 1934 through 1950. William Wentworth worked as a freelancer and a commercial photographer, providing unique view of architecture, businesses, and community life in Omaha.

Are you someone who likes history? Especially history related to the state of Nebraska? Then check out all the materials and collections featured 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: Cochrane-Woods Library

Take a look at what we found on the Nebraska Memories archive!

This 5 1/8″ x 3 1/2″ color photograph shows the front of the Cochrane-Woods Library during the late 1970’s.

Ground breaking for the library was on March 3, 1968. The building opened in early February of 1970. The 55,000 square foot building was built at a cost of $1,436,000. It can hold 400 people and has shelving space for 200,000 books.

This #throwback image is provided by Nebraska Wesleyan University. The archives housed in the Cochrane-Woods Library holds several thousand photographs on various media. In 2008, the archives launched an effort to digitize, catalog, and describe photographs of NWU’s campus buildings. The collections consists of mainly exterior shots of individual buildings, along with several views of the campus layout as it evolved.

If you are someone who likes history, especially materials related to Nebraska, be sure to 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: Playground Break Time

Take a break and check out this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

These ten children take a break from playing on the playground on the property of the Nebraska Children’s Home Society.

This 3″ x 4 3/4″ black and white photograph is provided and owned by the Nebraska Children’s Home Society. Chartered in September of 1893, the founders had a vision for a better future and believed that every child deserved a family. The agency has never charged fees for adoption services, and still today relies primarily on private donations to fund its services.

If you like history and want to see more materials related to the state of 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: Southwest View of Omaha

Check out the view in this week’s #Throwback Thursday!

This black and white lantern slide shows an aerial view of Omaha, Nebraska, taken from the Omaha National Bank Building located on the northeast corner of 17th and Farnam streets.

This image is provided and owned by Omaha Public Library. The items from Omaha Public Library in Nebraska Memories include early Omaha-related maps dating from 1825 to 1922, as well as over 1,100 postcards and photographs of the Omaha area.

If you want to see more Nebraska history, check out the Nebraska Memories archive! It’s 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: Tunnel near Crawford, NE

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ black and white photographic postcard shows railroad tracks leading into a tunnel. This tunnel is believed to be the Belmont Tunnel that was constructed for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad between 1888 and 1889. Located about 10 miles south of Crawford, the 698 foot tunnel was considered a feat of engineering for its time.

This image is provided and owned by the Nebraska Library Commission. The Nebraska Library Commission’s collection includes materials on the history of libraries in the state of Nebraska, mainly libraries built with Carnegie grants. The collection also includes items from the 1930s related to the Nebraska Public Library Commission bookmobile, as well as items showcasing the history of Nebraska’s state institutions.

If you want to see more Nebraska history, check out the Nebraska Memories archive! It’s 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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Nebraska Library Commission Awards Grants for Youth Library Service

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 3, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION:                            
Sally Snyder
402-471-4003
800-307-2665

Nebraska Library Commission Awards Grants for Youth Library Service

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded $18,500 in grants for Excellence in Youth service. Of the grants awarded to twenty-two Nebraska libraries, several addressed the need for materials like LEGO®, STEAM, and other activities to encourage creativity in young people. The Nebraska Library Commission congratulates the public libraries listed below as they develop new and innovative programs to ensure excellence in library service for Nebraska young people.

The recipients are:

  • Atkinson Public Library, Preschool learning materials, books, and activities
  • Battle Creek Public Library, LEGO®  kits and STEAM kits
  • Bayard Public Library, ten group activities and programing, and Makerspace equipment
  • Bellevue Public Library, iPads for youth patrons for hands-on learning opportunities including Spanish, Photography, and Music Composition
  • Blue Hill Public Library, Teen Nights at the Library
  • Burwell, Garfield County Library, Teen Space renovations and Teen Advisory Board creation
  • Central City Public Library, Summer Reading Program presenters
  • Columbus Public Library, Coding Clubs and Teen Game Nights
  • David City, Hruska Memorial Public Library, Imagination Play Area supporting STEM learning for young children
  • Franklin Public Library, LEGO® Club, Teen programing, and Summer Reading Program
  • Genoa Public Library, Youth materials, and programming for afterschool and summertime
  • Hastings Public Library, STEAM focused activities, Mega-Brain Kidz Club, and Summer Reading Program presenters
  • Kimball Public Library, Expanding STEAM at the Library, Makerspace technology, and supplemental equipment
  • Madison Public Library, 1000 Books before Kindergarten
  • Mead Public Library, Summer Reading Program
  • Minden, Jensen Memorial Library, expanding diversity at story time using multilingual materials
  • Neligh Public Library, Teens After Hours program
  • Ord Township Library, afterschool activities for youth
  • Plattsmouth Public Library, Golden Sower Awards programs
  • Lied Randolph Public Library, STEM activities, Youth programs, Learning toys & stations
  • Superior Public Library, themed Reading kits (backpacks) for young children
  • Wausa, Lied Lincoln Township Library, STEAM kits for youths

Youth Grants for Excellence are made available by the Nebraska Library Commission with funding from the State of Nebraska. 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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