Advantage Preservation:

On a July 4 Long Ago (North Platte, NE)

The North Platte Telegraph of North Platte, Nebraska looked back at a “July 4 Long Ago” using the Genealogical Society’s new searchable database of early community papers.

Available at, the Advantage Preservation hosted community history archive features several titles including the North Platte Telegraph with papers first published over 140 years ago!

The North Platte Telegraph used the Community History Archive to revisit a 4th of July celebration described in surviving issues of our city’s pioneering newspapers.

“Folks brought picnic “baskets filled to overflowing and fairly groaning beneath the weight of good things.” The band from Company M of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry played patriotic songs. The Declaration of Independence was read in full. And H.C. Colburn, master of the North Platte Grange, gave the day’s main address.”

You can find the full article as well as a link to the Community History Archive of the North Platte Genealogical Society on The North Platte Telegraph website!