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        Nebraska History Moments in Language Arts and Fine Arts

        Nebraska fun facts that are historical, arts related, science and literature based. This content falls under Nebraska State standards for Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts and Language Arts.

        Nebraska History Moment: Bess Streeter Aldrich

        Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1881, Bess Streeter married Charles Sweetzer Aldrich in 1907. Two years later, they moved to Elmwood Nebraska. In 1911 she wrote a story for a Ladies Home Journal contest. She was a finalist from about two thousand entries, and never looked back.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Clara Colby

        Clara Bewick (pronounced like "Buick") Colby arrived in Beatrice with her husband in 1872. She wasted no time in making her mark in the community. She started the first public library and community theatre.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Louise Pound

        A premiere athlete and scholar, Louise Pound was born in Lincoln in 1872. After earning her masters in Lincoln and her doctorate in Germany, Pound became a faculty member at UNL until her retirement in 1945. Among her many accomplishments, she wrote close to 200 articles during her career.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Roscoe Pound

        Nathan Roscoe Pound may be known in Nebraska as Louise Pound's older brother, but nationally, he is the better known sibling. By the time of his death at age 93, Pound held 200 honorary degrees. He was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1975.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Willa Cather

        Willa Cather's family moved to Red Cloud, NE when she was nine years old. By the end of her life, Cather had published a total of twelve novels and won a Pulitzer Prize. Though she lived most of her adult life in New York, the impact of Nebraska on Cather's writing is undeniable.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Henry Jackson the Painter

        William Henry Jackson was one of the most prolific American artists/photographers of the late 1800's and early 1900's. He witnessed much of this nation's history, recording it with thousands of photographs, and hundreds of sketches, drawings and paintings.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Artists Robert Henri & John Falter

        Robert Henri first started painting after moving to Philadelphia at the age of 20. He had considerable influence as a portrait painter and art instructor. John Falter was born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska in 1910 and moved to Falls City in 1916.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Nebraska's State Song

        "Beautiful Nebraska," written by Jim Fras who came to Nebraska from Russia in 1952. The song was chosen to be the official Nebraska state song in 1967.

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