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DVD - NEBRASKA (Discoveries -- America series)

DVD - NEBRASKA (Discoveries -- America series)

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The Omaha World-Herald’s David Hendee brings the state’s history to life in a new book, Nebraska: 150 Years Told Through 93 Counties.

Dugouts and sod houses were the only shelter for homesteaders in the 1870s and '80s on railroad and government land grants of the Nebraska plains. Twenty years later, there were frame houses, farm machinery, even automobiles and an emerging Main Street here and there. S. D. Butcher, a self-confessed pioneer failure who, happily, was successful at photography, recorded it all.

For millions of Americans, Solomon D. Butcher's photographs epitomize the sod-house frontier. His images from western Nebraska constitute the most extensive photographic record of the generation that settled the Great Plains.

The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. In 1846 eighty-seven people -- men, women, and children -- set out for California, persuaded to attempt a new overland route. After struggling across the desert, losing many oxen, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms.

The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. In 1846 eighty-seven people -- men, women, and children -- set out for California, persuaded to attempt a new overland route. After struggling across the desert, losing many oxen, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms.

This 128-page poetry collection is filled with more than 80 of Nebraska State Poet Bill Kloefkorn's superbly-crafted accounts of prairie and city life. This is the only book in Kloefkorn's distinguished writing career devoted entirely to Nebraska.

This poetry collection is filled with more than 80 of Nebraska State Poet Bill Kloefkorn's superbly-crafted accounts of prairie and city life. This is the only book in Kloefkorn's distinguished writing career devoted entirely to Nebraska.

In 1973 the small southwest Nebraska railroad town of McCook became the unlikely scene of a grisly murder. More than forty years later, author James W. Hewitt returns to the scene and unearths new details about what happened.

More than forty years after Harold Nokes murdered and dismembered Edwin and Wilma Hoyt, the case still defies explanation.

Eyewitness at Wounded Knee by Richard E. Jensen, R. Eli Paul, and John E. Carter - A beautiful photo and text essay on the lead up and aftermath of the events at the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1890. 150 enhanced and restored photographs. Call Number: E 83.89 .J46 2011

Eyewitness at Wounded Knee by Richard E. Jensen, R. Eli Paul, and John E. Carter - A beautiful photo and text essay on the lead up and aftermath of the events at the Pine Ridge Reservation in 150 enhanced and restored photographs. Call Number: E 2011

Long before laughter was prescribed for illness, Anne Ellis wrote with unexpected humor of her extended bout with the "villain" asthma. Sunshine Preferred sums up the attitude of a remarkable woman whose illness interrupted a busy life as politician and breadwinner for two children. In the 1920s she is shuffled from home in Colorado to sanitariums in sunny Arizona and New Mexico.

Long before laughter was prescribed for illness, Anne Ellis wrote with unexpected humor of her extended bout with the "villain" asthma. Sunshine Preferred sums up the attitude of a remarkable woman whose illness interrupted a busy life as politician and breadwinner for two children. In the 1920s she is shuffled from home in Colorado to sanitariums in sunny Arizona and New Mexico.

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