Tag Archives: Nebraska History

Lonesome Dreamer (Review)

I finally got around to reading the latest biography of the former poet laureate of Nebraska, Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt. The man was a noteworthy figure in Northeast Nebraska who grew up and worked for awhile … Continue reading

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Henry Perky’s Tasty Invention

Nebraska history contains several cul de sacs along it’s relatively short path.  One of those regards the inventor of shredded wheat breakfast cereal, Henry Perky.  Perky’s story begins near Mount Hope, Ohio where he was born on December 7, 1843. … Continue reading

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The 1966 Omaha Riots

The shadow of insidious racism sometimes appears in my home state of Nebraska.  It’s not obvious like the kind found in states of the former Confederacy.  Most of the time it lies beneath the surface and is not mentioned in … Continue reading

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National Cherish An Antique Day

The very first, and only, bonafide antique top hat I’ve ever worn belonged to a long-departed Nebraska Territorial Governor.  My best friend’s father, Ed, purchased three items of Samuel Black’s wardrobe at an auction many years ago.  One day, while … Continue reading

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The Villasur Massacre

Accounts of momentous historical events that took place when the area encompassing the present State of Nebraska was claimed by Spain are few and far between.  However there have been sketchy tales about an inauspicious battle about 50 odd miles … Continue reading

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Son Of The Gamblin’ Man

After enjoying each of the books by Mari Sandoz that I’ve brought home from the Norfolk Public Library this summer, I told myself, I’ll write just one more review. Well, the latest read has only increased my enthusiasm for more.  … Continue reading

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Love Song To The Plains

I’ve resigned myself to the craving to read more books written by Mari Sandoz this summer.  Her reputation in Nebraska and national literary circles is stellar.  I simply haven’t been ready for her literature until now. My latest read is … Continue reading

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