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The Polk Progress was a Nebraska treasure that ceased publication in late 1989 after 82 years as a weekly newspaper. From 1955 until its last issue, the editor and publisher was the late Norris Alfred. In its last few months, the Progress had 900 subscribers in 45 states.
By Maureen Ose Passion fueled the building of the world’s largest collection of quilts. More intense dedication led to the construction of a glorious new home for the quilts. Lincoln, Neb., is now home to the finest quilt museum in the world. Why quilts? Why a quilt museum?
For many historians, the ’30s represents a time when the American people were looking for ways to survive in a national crisis. Indeed, the crisis was not a simple one. Its complexities featured an extensive economic depression, a devastating environmental disaster—the Dust Bowl on the Great Plains—and the looming signs of yet another world war. How Americans sought to understand and prevail over these national catastrophes is a tale of determination and success.
By Maren Thompson Bzdek This December marks the 30th anniversary of the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust, known more informally as the Platte River Trust. The organization and its supporters have much to celebrate, including the successful restoration of 10,000 acres of migratory bird habitat in central Nebraska and steady gains in the whooping crane population.