Limited Edition Tile Collection

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This collection of beautiful tiles representing iconic scenes of Nebraska history is from the Annual Appeal campaigns in 2017 through 2021.   

The Better Half (Matthew Hansen and Sarah Baker Hansen)

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Omaha World-Herald food critic Sarah Baker Hansen grew up in suburban Omaha. Husband Matthew, World-Herald columnist, came from Red Cloud, population 1,000. They’ve explored the state from border to border, and each has learned to love the part of the state they didn’t know: The Better Half. Come along on their travels as they share with each other little-known people, unexpected moments and memorable foods across Nebraska. At each stop, they discovered more of what the state has to offer.

Winner of the Friend of Tourism Award by the Nebraska Tourism Commission

A Brave Soldier & Honest Gentleman (Tom Buecker)

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Lt. James E. H. Foster (1848–1883) lived a short but eventful life as a junior officer on the Northern Plains. His story—and his illustrated journal—provide a rich portrait of the frontier army at the time of the Great Sioux War. Stationed at Fort McPherson, Nebraska, Foster traveled with the Jenney Expedition of 1875, filling in the large blank area on the map of the Black Hills, and making some of the earliest surviving artistic renditions of the area.

2014 Award of Merit – American Association for State and Local History 

Cut In Stone, Cast In Bronze (Jeff Barnes)

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From the time of its establishment as a territory in 1854 to its centennial in 1867, Nebraskans marked their history. Scattered across the state today are nearly 300 monuments, statues, markers, and plaques to the exploration, the cultures and their conflicts, the settlement, and the organization of Nebraska. They are found in its cities and towns and along its highways and country roads, but also in its forests, its fields and its hills off the beaten path. They mark history where it happened. For the first time, these sites are catalogued, photographed and located in a full-color guide to the earliest historical markers and monuments of Nebraska.

The Oregon Trail (Rinker Buck)

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A major bestseller that has been hailed as a “quintessential American story” (Christian Science Monitor), Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail is an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules—that has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from coast to coast. Simultaneously a majestic journey across the West, a significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, Buck’s chronicle is a “laugh-out-loud masterpiece” (Willamette Week) that “so ensnares the emotions it becomes a tear-jerker at its close” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) and “will leave you daydreaming and hungry to see this land” (The Boston Globe).


Rodeo Nebraska (Mark Harris)

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Eight years ago Mark Harris set out on a mission: to portray Nebraska’s contemporary rodeo culture more artistically and comprehensively in photographs than anyone ever has–and then write a book worthy of the photos. At eighty-two events in sixty-two separate locations he photographed the competition, the rural crowds, and all things connected with them. He visited ranches that breed broncs, bulls, and speed horses, and spoke to hundreds of competitors. National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore calls the book “a captivating tribute to rodeo like no other.”

Spotted Tail: Renaissance Man of the Lakotas (Published by Museum of the Fur Trade)

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Collection of Essays by renowned Western History writers detailing the life and death of Spotted Tail.  Authors include: Kingsley M. Bray, Randy Kane, Paul Hedren, Douglas D. Scott & Peter Bleed, Thomas Buecker & Charles Hanson, James E. Potter, Thomas Powers and Richmond Clow. Edited by James A. Hanson