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A very German thing to do

By Ben Jones When I look at both sides of my family’s history, I see symmetry. I can’t see the big picture without understanding what role the military and education played. On both my mom and dad’s side, the story starts in Germany. William Boettger was born in 1861...

Families search for familiarity

By Noelle Ervin I come from farmers and makers of deli meat. I should have known my history was chock-full of food. That much hasn’t really changed. In fact, the more I investigate my family history the more I realize how much we still have in common with my...

Family history kept alive through vintage mug

By Megan Crain The small mug in my hand confused me. It was a graduation present from my Aunt Bernie. The mug had an almost iridescent finish, was spotted with blue and red flowers and the word “Mama” was written on the front in white letters. Why on earth was I, an...

Polish family keeps parish tradition alive

By Rebecca Schrack For one weekend every August, St. Stanislaus Church in Omaha transforms into a bustling, laughter-filled community during their annual Polish Festival. Countless people gather under shady tents to keep the Polish heritage alive with music, food and...

Polish Family Thrives On Labor And Love

By Morgan Gassert The story of my family’s immigration is a story that I am unfamiliar with. After gathering research from my family members, I am uncertain about the way in which my ancestors immigrated to Nebraska from Poland but one thing I’m sure of is the...

Family passes down card game for generations

By Alli Lorensen I remember my grandfather holding his thumbs against his temples and wiggling his fingers with a victorious grin plastered across his face. "Bucky, bucky, bucky," he chanted, as cards were tossed in a pile, signaling the end of the game. For my...

Czech family carries on tradition of hard work

By Riley Slezak  My family’s story is much like many others’. We sailed across an ocean to find a new, better life and to build greater opportunities generation by generation. For much of my family’s history, the effort to build pathways to opportunities for the next...

Painting a new picture: New Americans and their art

Lincoln brims with cultural diversity as immigrants and refugees make their homes here. With these new cultures come a vibrant array of art and expression. Many in this growing community of New Americans have a passion for art and take pride in the work they do. In...

Running from anti-Semitism in search of freedom

By Bree Samani A wave of anti-Semitism and violence against Jews flooded Russia in the late 1800s and led to the murders of my ancestors, Reuben and Mira Kuklin. Reuben was an Orthodox rabbi and left behind his four daughters, who fled to safety in present-day Baku,...

A family from everywhere makes Lincoln home

By Ky Venney Both sides of my family crossed an ocean to come to the United States. Much of each family’s history has been lost or forgotten over time, but the fortitude of my grandparents ensured that a new American saga would begin. My maternal grandfather’s family...

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