ThrowbackThursday: “Little Gold Star”

NLC remembers those who died in service to our country with this week’s #ThrowbackThursday.

This week we have sheet music of World War I. “Little Gold Star” was written by Will M. Maupin and J. A. Parks, who was an internationally famous Nebraska composer and publisher.

“O little gold star on your field of white!

Your hero has paid the price;

God comfort the hearts that are sad tonight

With the thought of his sacrifice.

O little gold star in your border’d red,

You gleam for a world made free,

For the choice he made, and the price he paid

For the world and its liberty!”

If you’d like to hear a recording of this piece, click here. This piece is owned and provided by Polley Music Library. Just over two hundred fifty pieces of Nebraska sheet music are available through the Nebraska Memories databases, as well as concert programs, manuscripts, theatre programs, photographs, and other Nebraska memorabilia which features an element of music. Searchers can also listen to a dozen performances of selections from this music collection performed by local musicians. Interested in Nebraska history? Find out more about this photo in 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 for more information.
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