By Chris Dunker
“In God We Trust” first appeared on United States currency in 1864, at the height of the Civil War, before it was adopted as the national motto during the advent of the Cold War in 1956.
The text, which is part of the little-sung fourth verse of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” appears in the U.S. House of Representatives and on the outside of the U.S. Senate chamber.
It didn’t appear in impossible-to-miss, giant block lettering above the Adams County Treasurer’s Office in Hastings until late 2018, however.
“I think, for the most part, everyone’s been fine with it,” said Melanie Curry, who just began a second term as the Adams County treasurer.
Nearly 90 Nebraska counties have hung the national motto in their courthouses, or stated their intentions to do so, over the last four years when a Holt County woman took up the call to lead the initiative.
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