Author Archives: Kayla Henzel

Throwback Thursday: Group of Old Time Sidney Residents

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we have a 3″ x 4″ black and white photograph featuring a group of men in a park east of the Union Pacific Depot. Pictured left to right are: Karl Ziuquiten, Pat McMillan, Earl Durwell, Mike McFadden and Frank Uauth.

This image is published and owned by the Cheyenne County Historical Society. The historical photographs in this collection represent the people and places of Sidney, Fort Sidney, Potter, Dalton and other communities. See more from 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: Elementary Students

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is going back to school!

Union College and College View Elementary School was started by the College View Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 1900. The elementary school was jointly operated by the church and the college for many years as the Normal Department’s model school.

This 5″ x 3″ black and white photograph is owned and published by the Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library at Union College. The library at Union College is home to an archival collection of books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, photographs, artifacts, and manuscript collections related to the history of the college and the College View community. Photographs featured on the Nebraska Memories archive include early scenes of the college campus and downtown College View.

If you like 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. 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: Robin Hood Beer Truck

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week’s #throwback was taken on October 29, 1937. It features a refrigerated Robin Hood Beer truck. Robin Hood Beer was brewed by Fontenelle Brewing Company.

This image was taken by William Wentworth. He worked as a freelance and commercial photographer. His work provided a unique view of architecture, businesses, and community life in Omaha. This image is published and owned by The Durham Museum.

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. 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: Aftermath of Fire in Rising City

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

This week’s 5″ x 3 1/2″ black and white photo shows the aftermath of the first major fire in Rising City, which happened on July 8, 1892. It occurred north of the railroad tracks on the east side of Main Street. Businesses such as F.M. Ross’s drug store, a brick hall, Mollie Newcomer’s millinery store, and Mrs. Gates’s furniture store were destroyed along with others. The town’s churches still stand in the background of this image.

This week’s #throwback is published and owned by the Rising City Community Library. The collection of photographs are currently displayed at the library. These images include photographs of businesses, portraits of the Rising family, and the major fire that took place.

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. 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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NLC Staff: Meet Mackenzie Marrow

Questions and answers with NLC’s Library Technician, Mackenzie Marrow. They began working with us in April 2022. Take a few minutes and get to know them better with a few fun questions!

What was the last thing you googled?
World video game hall of fame

What’s your ideal vacation?
Somewhere completely different —
different landscape, different people —
breaking away from the norm

What do you do to relax?
Read, play video games, listen to podcasts

Describe your first car
Volkswagen Cabriolet Convertible – for two weeks and then I got a 2006 Subaru Impreza

If I weren’t working in a library, I’d be…
Working with animals

What was the first concert you remember attending?
21 Pilots at the Bourbon Theater

What movie can you watch over and over again?
Three way tie: Big Eden, Pride and Prejudice (2005), Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

What was the last book you read?
Sula by Toni Morrison

What was the last movie you watched?
Starship Troopers (1997)

What is a quote that you live by?
“Icarus laughed as he fell”

What smell brings back great memories?
The smell of coffee on a cold day

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation, so I can visit all my friends who live far away

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Turn on my humidifier and a podcast at a low volume

If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Gets confused easily

Do you have any tattoos?
No, but if the right opportunity were to arise, I might get one

What is your favorite comfort food when you are sick?
Popcorn and ice cream

What’s your most treasured possession?
A stuffed animal I got when I was born, Ting-Ting. It belonged to my brother but now it is mine

What posters did you have on your wall as a kid?
No posters but when I was in college, I had video game posters

Do you love or hate rollercoasters?
I love a vintage wooden rollercoaster

Do you have any pets?
An eleven year old cat named Mittens

Favorite technology that you could not live without
My phone and video games

If you could get rid of one holiday, which one would you abolish?
Halloween

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

If you could call anyone in the world and have a one-hour conversation, who would you call?
Jane Goodall

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

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Throwback Thursday: Burlington Northern Freedom Train

All aboard for this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This week, we have a 4″ x 4″ color photograph of the Freedom Train stopped in McCook, Nebraska in 1975.

This photograph is owned by the High Plains Historical Society and Museum. It is published by McCook Public Library. Images in this collection document early growth of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in McCook and the surrounding area.

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: Grand Island

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we have a 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ colorized postcard providing an overview of Grand Island, Nebraska. This postcard is published and owned by the Nebraska Library Commission. This collection includes material on the history of libraries in the state of Nebraska, mainly 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.

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. 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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$332,471 in Library Improvement Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public and Institutional Libraries

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 5, 2022

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Christa Porter
402-471-3107
800-307-2665

$332,471 in Library Improvement Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public and Institutional Libraries

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Library Improvement Grants for 2022 totaling $332,471 to seventy-four Nebraska public libraries, a library consortium, and a state-run institutional library.

These competitive grants were made available by the Nebraska Library Commission with funding provided from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the federal stimulus bill passed by Congress, as administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Nebraska Library Commission has received a one-time award of $2,422,166. A portion of this funding was allocated for the Library Improvement Grants.

You can find the full list of grant recipients in the Nebraska Library Commission grants database at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/grants/Database/grantsdb.asp?grantnamedropdown=Library+Improvement+Grant&YearDropdown=2022&libraryDropdown=blank&cityDropdown=blank&B1=Submit

These Library Improvement Grants help to facilitate growth and development of library programs and services in Nebraska, by supplementing local funding with federal funds designated for these purposes.

In order to be funded, projects had to meet one or more of the following LSTA Purposes listed in the Commission’s long-range plan:

  • Facilitate access to resources . . . for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry;
  • Encourage resource sharing among . . . libraries for the purpose of achieving economical and efficient delivery of library services to the public;
  • Promote literacy, education, and lifelong learning and to enhance and expand the services and resources provided by libraries, including those services and resources relating to workforce development, 21st century skills, and digital literacy skills;
  • Ensure the preservation of knowledge and library collections in all formats and to enable libraries to serve their communities during disasters;
  • Promote library services that provide users with access to information through national, state, local, regional, and international collaborations and networks.

The projects and services planned include: Story Walks, makerspace equipment and supplies, indoor and outdoor furniture/shelving, laptops/tablets/PC computers, outdoor book returns, a book bike, wireless printing/copying systems, a sensory music garden, COVID-19 response and cleaning supplies, and digitization projects, as well as funding the migration of the Pioneer Consortium to a new ILS service with ByWater Solutions.   

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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Throwback Thursday: Winner’s Circle

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is a real winner!

This black and white acetate negative features a jockey, wearing the number 3, sitting on his horse in the winner’s circle at the Ak-Sar-Ben Racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska. This image was captured by William Wentworth, who was both a freelance and commercial photographer in Omaha. It is published and owned by The Durham Museum.

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. 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: Preparing to Hunt Cows

The hunt is on in this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This week, we have an 1890s image from the Rosebud Reservation. The Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation is located nine miles north of Valentine, Nebraska, in South Dakota. The men featured in this photograph are preparing to hunt cows that will be turned out of the corral one by one, in order to simulate a buffalo hunt.

This image was created by John Alvin Anderson. It is owned and published by History Nebraska.

Are you a history buff? If so check out all the materials 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. 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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NLC Staff: Meet Kayla Henzel

Questions and Answers with NLC’s Staff Assistant, Kayla Henzel. She started working with us in December 2018. Take a few minutes and get to know her better with a few fun questions!

What’s your ideal vacation?
Somewhere warm, tropical

What do you do to relax?
Watch TV

Describe your first car?
Shared a silver Kia SUV with my sister that was handed down from my dad

If I weren’t working in a library, I’d be …
Working at the Humane Society or some kind of animal shelter.         

What was the first concert you remember attending?
Winter Jam in Council Bluffs

What movie can you watch over and over again?
Anastasia

What was the last book you read?
The Chase: Trusting God with Your Happily Ever After by Kyle Kupecky , Kelsey Kupecky,

What was the last movie you watched?
The Purge

Three words that describe you?
Indecisive, funny, caring

What smell brings back great memories?
The smell of peppermint makes me think of Christmas and college

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
The ability to fly

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Check my phone

If you had a warning label, what would it say?
I can talk really loudly and not realize it

Do you have any tattoos?
2, one on my wrist and one on my finger

What is your favorite comfort food when you are sick?
Soup, chicken noodle or tomato

What’s your most treasured possession?
A dolphin bracelet that belonged to my cousin

What posters did you have on your wall as a kid?
Taylor Lautner and Justin Bieber

Do you love or hate rollercoasters?
I hate them at first, but after I ride them I love them

Do you have any pets?
2 cats, Luna and Nero

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Favorite technology you could not live without?
My phone

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

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

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

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

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Throwback Thursday: Road in Elmwood Park

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we have a black and white photograph of a dirt road in Elmwood Park, located in Omaha. Elmwood Park was established in 1890 with land donated by Lyman Richardson and other citizens of Omaha. The city of Omaha added more property and by 1895 the park covered 210 acres.

This week’s image is owned and published by Omaha Public Library. Items in this collection include early Omaha-related maps dating from 1825 to 1922. Also included are over 1,100 postcards and photographs of the Omaha area.

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. 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: Athletic Field and Grandstand

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is a home run!

This week, we have a 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ black and white photograph of the athletic field and grandstand at the Nebraska State Normal School in Kearney. The grandstand, built in 1906, is filled with people while other spectators sit in cars to watch a baseball game in 1915.

This image is published and owned by the Calvin T. Ryan Library at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. As part of its effort to maximize access to its collection of photographs that feature early history of the institution, the Calvin T. Ryan Library is working with the Nebraska Library Commission to digitize and make selected photos available on the Web. Images featured on the Nebraska Memories archive show faculty, students, buildings and activities from the first dozen years of the school’s existence.

See 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: Crib of Sunbeams

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is too cute!

This week, we have a 6 1/2″ x 4″ black and white plate. Featured in this image are 11 infants in an iron-frame crib at the Nebraska Industrial School in Milford. In the 1915-1916 biennium, the babies were provided with two new large sun nurseries. 64 babies were born at the home during the biennium.

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

If you like history, check out all the material 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. 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: 1921 Freight Train Wreck – Benkelman, NE

It’s another #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This 3 x 5 black and white photograph shows destroyed freight cars from a derailed freight train at the train station in Benkelman, Nebraska. The derailment resulted in total destruction of 3 freight cars and 13 others badly demolished.

This image is owned by the High Plains Historical Society and Museum. It is published by McCook Public Library. The High Plains Historical Society and Museum and the McCook Public Library worked together 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 and the surrounding area. The collection spans from the early 1880s through the 1960s.

See 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. 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: Court House Rock

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we have a 5 1/2″ x 3 3/8″ black and white photographic postcard featuring two rock formations: Courthouse Rock on the right and Jail Rock on the left. These two formations are located south of Bridgeport and could be seen in the distance for several days by pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail.

This image is published and owned by the Nebraska Library Commission. This collection includes material on the history of libraries in the state of Nebraska, mainly those built with Carnegie grants. Also included in this collection are items from the 1930s related to the Nebraska Public Library Commission bookmobile, as well as items showcasing the history of Nebraska’s state institutions.

Check out 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: Bluffs of Niobrara River

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a #Throwback!

For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday, we’re featuring a color postcard of an artist’s rendering entitled “Bluff of Niobrara River, Valentine, Neb.”

The Niobrara River headwaters originate in Wyoming, 35 miles from the Nebraska border. The waters become swift and the channel drops nine feet every mile. East of Valentine, it passes through sandstone, clay and shale. Eventually, it passes through the last of the rock walls and by Norden is broad and shallow. It drains about 9,795 square miles, about 13 percent of the state of Nebraska.

This color postcard is owned and published to Nebraska Memories 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.

If you like history, especially Nebraska history, check out the Nebraska Memories archive! It’s full of materials related to Nebraska and its 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. 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: David City Memorial Park Entrance

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we have a 5″ x 7″ nitrate negative of Memorial Park in David City, Nebraska. The entrance of this park is met with concrete markers commemorating World War II veterans on each side. The gravel driveway from Highway 15 makes its way toward the baseball and football fields.

This image was taken in 1940. It is owned by Thorpe Opera House Foundation and published as part of the Boston Studio Project. The collection consists of over 68,000 negatives that record life in and around David City, Nebraska. Negatives and ledgers describing each photograph are stored at the Hruska Memorial Public Library in David City. Volunteers worked to digitize and describe over 1,000 images from this collection.

Interested in 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. 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: General Library

It’s another #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

We’re celebrating #SchoolLibraryMonth by featuring some of the school libraries you can find on the Nebraska Memories archive! This week, we have a black and white glass lantern slide of the General Library at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The General Library contained approximately 12,000 volumes, current magazines, and newspapers. It could seat about 120 people and served as a study room for all University departments.

This image is published and owned by Nebraska Wesleyan University. This collection holds several thousand photographs and various media.

If you like history, check out the Nebraska Memories archive for more materials!

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: Omaha High School Library

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

The month of April is #SchoolLibraryMonth and we’re celebrating by highlighting some school libraries featured on the Nebraska Memories archive! This week, we have an early 1900’s black and white lantern slide of the library at Omaha High School, located at 20th and Dodge Streets.

This image is published and owned by Omaha Public Library. The items in this collection feature early Omaha-related maps dating from the 1820s to the 1920s. It also showcases over 1,000 postcards and photographs of the Omaha area.

See 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. 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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