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Nebraska railroad history fans, collectors and genealogists are invited to the first-ever "NET History Harvest for Railroad History."

The event will be May 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the NET Television Studios at 1800 N. 33rd St.

The History Harvest will allow people to bring their old letters, photographs, diaries, maps, images, documents or other railroad-related items to share with historians.

The objects will be analyzed and discussed with the owner, photographed, videotaped and documented.

The goal of the project is to digitize Nebraska history materials and make them available in a shared online repository for schools, universities, colleges and interested citizens. Some people and their objects may even be featured in an NET Television segment.

For more information and to sign up to reserve a time, visit or call 800-634-6788.

Registration runs through May 12.

"Because so many historical sources and archives are in people's attics or in trunks, the History Harvest program will help make these important items available for teachers and scholars," University of Nebraska-Lincoln history professor Will Thomas said in a news release.

"Participants in the harvest will be able to share the stories behind these artifacts and help open up new stories about Nebraska's past."

NET and UNL's Department of History expect to take the History Harvest on the road in Nebraska next year, visiting communities and working with libraries, local historical societies and educators to digitize the state's history. Nebraska would be the first state to conduct a History Harvest, according to a release from NET.


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