I am currently working on a book about the history of wildlife in Nebraska, and you may find stories on my blog that relate to my search through archives in Nebraska. I am collecting stories and photographs that show how people have interacted with wildlife through the years. If you have family photos that might help tell the story of our state's landscapes and our wildlife, I would enjoy hearing from you.
Simply comment on this post or send me an email: lpowell3 "at" unl.edu
Or, you can send your story or a photocopy of a unique photo to my office address: Larkin Powell, 419 Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0974.
All photos used will be attributed specifically to you, with appreciation.
An example of a great photo that I found in the Keith County Historical Society is below. It shows the Keith County Market, a butcher shop in Ogallala, NE at Christmas time in 1888. It was donated to the Historical Society by Mrs. William H. Copeland, the granddaughter of the butcher at the right in the photo. These personal records are key to understanding how important wildlife has been to the history of Nebraska, and how our landscape and culture have changed since these photos were taken. How many species of wild animals can you see in this photo?!