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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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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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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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Throwback Thursday: Entrance Hall at The Elms

For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday, we’re taking a peek inside the home of Ray Julius Nye.

This 7″x7″ photograph shows the interior of the entrance hall at The Elms. Located at 1643 North Nye Avenue in Fremont, Nebraska, The Elms was home to Ray and Anna Nye. This building is now the Louise E. May Museum and home to the Dodge County Historical Society.

This image is owned by the Dodge County Historical Society and was published by Keene Memorial Library. The Library and the Historical Society, both located in Fremont, worked as partners to digitize and describe content owned by the historical society. The collection of photographs documents life in Fremont during the late 1800s and early 1900s. It features local businesses, churches, schools, and private residences.

See the materials 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: Theodore Roosevelt visiting Nebraska

We’re back with another #ThrowbackThursday!

This postcard from 1912 shows a large crowd gathered at the train station in Holdrege, Nebraska. Theodore Roosevelt stands on the platform at the back of the train waving to the people.

This image is owned by the Phelps County Historical Society and published by the Holdrege Area Public Library. In partnership, they digitized a collection of images portraying the history of Phelps County starting in the mid 1880s.

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: Ben Reifel Playing a Courting Flute

It’s another #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This image from the 1920s shows Ben Reifel sitting in a field, playing a courting flute at the Rosebud Reservation.

Ben Reifel was a Congressman in the United States House of Representatives. He also used to work as a clerk in John Anderson’s store.

This black and white photograph was created by J. A. Anderson and is published by History Nebraska. John Alvin Anderson was born in Sweden in 1869. He came to Nebraska with his parents and settled in Cherry County. He worked as a civilian photographer for the army at Fort Niobrara and later worked as a clerk at the Rosebud Reservation trading post in South Dakota.

Are you a history buff? If so, 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: Crawford Fire Department 1910

Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

Check out this group photo of the 1910-1911 Crawford Fire Department. This 5″x8″ black and white photograph is 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 in the Crawford area in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

If you’re someone who likes 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: Engine Number 1945, C.B.&Q. Railroad

We’re chugging our way back to 1900 with this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This photograph shows the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad engine #1945 in Crawford, Nebraska. It served as the pusher engine up the Belmont Hill and through the Belmont Tunnel.

This image is 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 in the Crawford area in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Check out all the historical materials 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: Fairmont Army Air Field

It’s another #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This black and white photograph shows a couple hangars, brick buildings and concrete paving on the Fairmont Army Airfield base.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States War Department needed bases for training military personnel. 1,980 acres of land between two rural Nebraska towns, Geneva and Fairmont, was selected for an Army airfield. Within 90 days, from September to December in 1942, construction crews worked around the clock to build runways, hangars, barracks, buildings to support and train over 3,000 airmen, and the largest hospital in Nebraska. The official name for the base was the Fairmont Army Airfield.

Over the next three years, bomber and support crews went through their final preparations and training before being deployed oversees to either Europe or the Pacific. The Fairmont Army Airfield housed and trained airmen from all over the country and were welcomed with open arms by the people from the surrounding towns. The men were given home-cooked meals, taken to local church services, provided with a theater, a USO, and dances.

After Japan’s surrender in August 1945, the Airfield was deactivated. The buildings were dismantled, surplus materials were given to local schools and communities, and the land was converted back to pre-war status. Only four hangars, the water tower, runways, taxiways, and a few brick and cement structures remain. In 2003, the Airfield was chosen as a National Historic Site.

This image is published and owned by the Fairmont Public Library. In partnership with the Fillmore County Historical society, the library digitized photographs depicting the history of Fillmore County. The photographs in this collection include images of local businesses, schools, and churches.

If you’re someone who like 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: Boy Scout

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This image from 1941, shows Pete Williams sitting in the woods next to a fire. Pete Williams was a member of Boy Scout Troop 212 in Crawford, Nebraska.

This image is owned by the Crawford Historical Society and Museum. In partnership with the Crawford Public Library, a number of images from the Crawford area in the late 1800s and early 1900s were digitized.

See 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: Toadstool Park

Greetings from Toadstool Park!

This week’s #throwback features Toadstool Park. This unusual rock formations can be found 16 miles north of Crawford, Nebraska.

This image is owned by the Crawford Historical Society and Museum and is published to Nebraska Memories by the Crawford Public Library. The Crawford Historical Society and Museum, in partnership with the Crawford Public Library, digitized a number of images of the Crawford area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The collection includes portraits of Crawford residents, photographs of local businesses, and souvenir postcards. One notable item is the first “official” photograph of the town, taken on July 1, 1886, the day Crawford was incorporated and named.

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: Adult Baptism

Check out this week’s #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This early 1900 image shows Rev. Primrose baptizing a man in the Cedar River. The surrounding congregation belongs to the Cedar Valley Church.

This image was created by John Nelson. It is owned and published by History Nebraska. John Nelson was born in Sweden in 1864. He came to Nebraska with his parents at the age of 17. His photos show small town life in Nebraska during the first years of the twentieth century. His subjects include local businesses, community activities, and dearly automobiles.

If you’re someone who likes history, be sure to check out all the material 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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