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Marker Monday: Atlas D Missile Site A

Marker Monday: Atlas D Missile Site A

Marker Text During the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, in October 1957. A perceived “missile ...
The Woman on the White Horse

The Woman on the White Horse

Eighteen-year-old Peggy Johnson had already known tragedy in her young life, but on horseback she felt free. Here is the personal story behind an iconic 1953 photo. ...
The Silver Bugs of 1896

The Silver Bugs of 1896

The presidential campaign of 1896 was one of the most impassioned in US history. Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan, age 36, was revered as a godly hero and ...
Marker Monday: Japanese Balloon Bombs

Marker Monday: Japanese Balloon Bombs

  Marker Text During World War II the Japanese built some nine thousand hydrogen-filled, paper balloons to carry small bombs to North America, hoping to set ...
How they celebrated the Fourth of July in Bellevue when Nebraska was a new territory (1854)

How they celebrated the Fourth of July in Bellevue when Nebraska was a new territory (1854)

  By David L. Bristow, Editor Nebraska was a newly-organized US territory in 1854. Not yet whittled down to its present boundaries, “Nebraska” was a ...

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History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
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