Step back in time
to rural York County, Nebraska, in the middle of the Great Plains during the 1920s -- a time and
place of contrast and change. There were stark differences between
the social, economic, and cultural lives of town residents and farm families. In rural Nebraska, there was no electricity,
indoor plumbing, refrigerators, or other modern
inventions enjoyed by city dwellers in the 1920s. The gangland
crime, flapper fashions, dance marathons, and Jazz Age glamour
were far away from the sunrise to sunset labor of York County
farmers. But they saw these lifestyles in the movies.
This web site lets you walk in the shoes of Nebraska men
and women who came of age during the 1920s when farmers made
the transition from horse-drawn plows to steel-wheeled tractors,
from outhouses to indoor plumbing, and from praying for rain
to controlled irrigation.
Hear dramatic stories about the daily lives of children and
adults as they go through the cycle of seasons on the land.
See the equipment they used. Hear first-hand how they battled
weather, insects, disease, and accidents to raise their crops
and their children. Learn how they overcame obstacles and
drew strength from their families and neighbors. As the decade
ended, the increased use of automobiles began to connect these
farm families to towns, changing their lives forever. The
history of rural 1920s Nebraska comes to life -- told by the
people who lived it.
Start exploring now by clicking on one of these seven sections.