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From the Organic Act forming the Territory of NE (Andreas History of NE 1882)
          "SEC. 16. And be it further enacted, That when the lands in the said Territory shall be surveyed under the direction of the Government of the United States, preparatory to bringing the same into market, Sections Number 16 and 36 in each township in said Territory shall be and the same are hereby reserved for the purpose of being applied to schools in said Territory, and in the States and Territories hereafter to be erected out of the same."
This statement set aside the money from "school lands" sold to be applied toward establishing an educational system.

"Educational" - list of institutions of higher learning from Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Western Nebraska, 1909, pp 114-115
"Schools, Colleges & Universities" chapter from History of NE by Morton & Watkins, 1918.
"Nebraska Colleges" from "Who's Who in Nebraska", 1940.

See the "Country Schools page" of NE Resource Center.
     Includes link to "Twenty-First Biennial Report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Nebraska, by E.C. Bishop,1910.

Nebraska State Educational System:

1869: History of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (from Andreas History of NE, 1882); includes lists of early faculty, etc.
1872: UN, School of Agriculture "These Fifty Years, A History of the the College of Agriculture of the University of Nebraska", 1925 - by R.P. Crawford
1908: University of NE, Omaha

The first "Normal" (school to educate/train teachers) was at Peru, Nemaha, NE. A biography may show "PN" (Peru Normal) or "PSN" (Peru State Normal) for educational background (example: "ed PSN").

Four schools that started as "Normals" have continued to the present - Kearney, Chadron, Wayne and Peru.
1867: History of the school at Peru (from Andreas History of NE, 1882)
1903: History of the school at Kearney. (brief) Opened in 1905.
          Photo circa 1905 from Oldtime Nebraska website.
          Photo, 1909 students from NE Photo Album.
1910: Wayne (established as NE State Normal at Wayne in 1891)
1911: Chadron

The school titles were changed from "State Normal" to "Teachers' College" in 1921 - so you may find a reference about your ancestor's education as "PSTC", meaning Peru State Teacher's College.

1991: Kearney was officially removed from NE State College system, and became part of the University of NE.
UNL - University of NE at Lincoln .(current website)
UNO - University of NE at Omaha. (current website)
UNK - University of NE at Kearney. (current website)

NE State College System (current website) includes links to the following:
Peru State College
Wayne State College
Chadron State College

Hastings College (website)


NEWS - From the Grand Island Independent: June 1884 (quoting from Popular Science Monthly)

"Too Much for Girls' Brains"

     "Think of an undeveloped brain getting up book knowledge on ten different subjects all the same day, and this going on day after day for several years. It is altogether contrary to the principles of a sound psychology to imagine that any sort of mental process worthy of the name of brain thinking can take place in that brain while this is going on. The natural tendency of a good brain at that age to be inquisitive and receptive is glutted to more than satiety. The natural process of building up a fabric of mental completeness by having each new fact and observation looked at in different ways and having it suggest other facts and ideas, and then settle down as a part of the regular furniture of the mind, cannot possibly go on where new facts are shoveled in by the hundred day by day. The effect of this is bad on boys, but is worse on girls, because it is more alien to their mental constitution. -- Popular Science Monthly"
     Contributed by Kaylynn of Hall County <>


NEWS - List of UNL graduates from a Lincoln newspaper? May-June 1915?


Special Education Institutions

"Superintendents of the Nebraska School for the Blind" (1875 - 1913) from NE History and Record of Pioneer Days, Vol III no. 1, Jan-Mar 1920


ABOTT, Grace & Edith - "Pioneers in social service/policy" Website by Grand Island Library

CREIGHTON, Edward (1820-1874) - Founder of Creighton College. Biography from "Omaha Illustrated" 1887-1888, part 42

CURRY, Robert (1821 - ??) - Founder of Curry Institute of Pittsburg, PA; State Supt. of Public Education for PA; Principal of NE State Normal School, Peru. (from Portrait & Biographical Album of Otoe & Cass Counties, NE)
See also the biography of his wife (which follows husband's article): Jennie B. CURRY - maiden name BOGGS

EDGARTON, Harold Eugene (1903-1990) - Born Fremont, NE. Graduate of UNL & MIT. Scientist/teacher: Photography, light - discoveries, inventions. See "Explorit Center" Plainsmen Museum in Aurora, Hamilton County, NE.

GOUDY, Alexander K. (1847- ) - Founder of Pawnee Academy (1877-18883), teacher at NE State Normal (Peru), Superintendent of Schools for Pawnee County. Biography from "Portrait & Biographical Album of Johnson and Pawnee Counties Nebraska" published by Chapman Bros., Chicago, 1889. (Pawnee County)

HAGER, Walter E. (1895 - ) - Physics teacher, visiting lecturer, officer of American Association of State Colleges and Universities, etc. from "Bellwood, NE: The First 100 Years". (Butler County)

HOSHOR, Margaret - teacher of Helen Siefert, from "Bellwood, NE: The First 100 Years". (Butler County)

McKENZIE, Dr. John M. ( ? - 1918) - "Nebraska's First Educator", death notice from Nebraska History & Record of Pioneer Days, Vol I, no 4, 1918. See also the death notice of his daughter, Mary L. McKenzie KEYSER (1860-1918) in the same issue.

O'LEARY, Arthur F. - (b 11 Oct 1924, Omaha, NE - d 28 Mar 2009, County Louth, Ireland) - Graduate of University of Southern California. Expert on architectural law. Author of books and articles.

PETERSON, Susan A. (Harnly) - (b 21 Jul 1925, McPherson, KS - d 26 Mar 2009, Scottsdale, AZ) Grew up in Grand Island, NE. Graduate of Mills College, Oakland, CA. Potter, teacher, lecturer. Expert on pottery - Native American & otherwise. Author of books; organized a series of programs about pottery for PBS.



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