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[Detail] The David Hilton family near Weissert, Nebraska. 1887.


Collection Overview

Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters, 1862-1912 illustrates through photographs and letters the lives of the Oblinger family, who settled the Great Plains during the latter part of the 19th century. These personal accounts provide information on the joy and sorrows of life on the plains and include love letters and correspondence on financial issues, crop development, religious meetings and the work involved in establishing a home on the Nebraska prairie. Of special interest will be correspondence on the Easter Blizzard of 1873.

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  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915

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