When world famous stage actress Sarah Bernhardt came to Omaha in 1901, it was a big deal. Over 2000 people were overjoyed to watch her perform. But many couldn't understand a single word.
Joseph Ishikawa came to Nebraska from a Colorado internment camp during World War II. As a city employee in 1946 he challenged a longstanding policy barring African Americans from the municipal pool. When a multiracial coalition pressured city leaders, officials claimed they didn’t support the rule… even as they resisted changing it.
Today a manmade lake in Saunders County is part of a recreation area, but the lake itself was not made for recreation. It was made for ice. Memphis State Recreation Area is a fine place for fishing and boating, but it’s also an unusual legacy of Nebraska’s meatpacking industry.
Paul Vandervoort was a Union Veteran that settled in Omaha after the Civil War, but he is best known for his work helping to found an American colony in Cuba around 1900.
Our state has a rich history with so many stories to tell. History Nebraska has five easy and fun ways you can discover that amazing history yourself!
The Federal Writers' Project helped many writers get through the hard times of Great Depression. Rudolph Umland was one of many that helped the FWP publish thirty Nebraska-related books and pamphlets.
Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today we focus on Ingham, a railroad town established in 1886 that was only a memory by the early 1950s.
The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory, established in 1920, is the officially designated tractor testing station for the United States. It all started with Wilmot F. Crozier being duped into buying a fake Ford tractor.
Crazy tornado stories are pretty common in Nebraska, but the Columbus Journal published a pair of especially unbelievable ones in the late 1800s.
Even before the emergence of Arbor Day, Nebraska tree enthusiasts would get together. In October 1872, J. Sterling Morton and 100 of his friends went on a huge Nebraska orchard tour.