September/October 2020



Nebraska legislators chose the western meadowlark as Nebraska’s state bird in 1929. This prairie songster and 25 other official state symbols help define the culture of our state.

Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston

  • Junk Jaunt. Relic hunters, hagglers, wheelers, dealers and colorful collectors hit the road in search of rusty gold during Central Nebraska’s 500-mile-long garage sale. One man’s junk is another’s treasure when Nebraskans clean out their attics, closets and barns. Story by Jennifer Troester. Photographs by Darin Epperly.
  • Omaha Fall Foliage. With more than 4 million trees, Nebraska’s largest city lights up with a colorful seasonal kaleidoscope when autumn arrives in Omaha. Story by Alan J. Bartels. Photographs by AJ Dahm.
  • Merrick Strip. Nebraska’s frontier past and a healthy dose of political wrangling combine for a cartographic oddity leaving Merrick County with an eternal thumbs up. Story by James J. Kimble. Photographs by Alan J. Bartels.
  • Tumbleweeds Stand Tall. Adaptable weeds with a knack for survival roll across Nebraska like our state’s hardy pioneers. Story by Nancy Marquette Hashman.
  • State Symbols. Raise a glass of Kool-Aid as we celebrate meadowlarks, mammoths, cottonwoods and the other icons that define our state. Learn how to suggest your own state symbols, too. Story by Alan J. Bartels.
  • Pumpkins roll up to the pie plate for seasonal recipes that are no trick and all treat.  

PLUS:

  • Ancient Ponca seeds harvested from sacred ground on Neligh farm.
  • St. Libory scarecrows not scary. 
  • Aurora photographer’s tight focus on prairie.
  • Honeybees pollinate Nemaha County art scene.
  • Fullerton’s shot at America’s first golf course.
  • Treks: Niobrara River adventures flow downstream from Valentine.
  • Nebraska Trivia: Test your knowledge of Nebraska with 15 questions about our state’s colleges and universities.
  • Poetry: Combines roaring through fields, and changing fall colors, overflow bushel baskets of creativity for Nebraska poets.
  • Nebraska Traveler: Tri-Cities disc golf on par for fun, landlubbers learn the ropes while sailing Lincoln lakes, and Holdrege museum makes harvest history with Cornhusker State competition. Plus, a statewide calendar of autumn events.
  • Last Look: Lincoln photographer Angela Carroll harvests childhood memories one click at a time during autumn on the family farm.
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