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Rural Nebraska Historic Preservation Grant Workshop

This webinar will provide potential applicants and interested parties with helpful insights into this new grant opportunity. Betty Gillespie, the interim Deputy SHPO, ...

Collections Donations Form

Thank you for your interest in donating to the collections of History Nebraska. Each offer will be discussed and decided upon a case-by-case basis; donations are ...

History Nebraska Receives $350,000 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant

The National Park Service has awarded $350,000 from the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant to History Nebraska (P22AP01544). The State Historic Preservation Office ...

Thanksgiving at the Fort, 1939

Fort Robinson served as the army’s “Remount Depot,” providing trained horses and mules for the troops. The fort’s holiday feasts were an occasion for dress uniforms and ...

Historic Nebraska Mugshots

Mug Shot Photography revolutionized crime investigations. Beginning in the mid 1800s, police photographed the faces of known criminals. Called "mug shots" (after the ...

Villasur Expedition Hide Painting Reproduction

In recognition of the 300th anniversary of the Villasur Expedition, the Nebraska History Museum displayed a reproduction of the hide painting that was created to ...

Highway Cultural Resources Program/CRM

The State Archeology Office provides cultural resource management services to state and federally-funded agencies on a contract basis. Staff archeologists and ...

Turkey Day in Holdrege

We have film of live turkeys being thrown from a rooftop in Holdrege in 1939. The Turkey Day promotion had a simple rule: any turkey you caught was yours to cook for ...

A Blustery Valentine Thanksgiving

In 1886, the weather stranded area travelers and forced the cancellation of a Thanksgiving entertainment in Valentine.   President Grover Cleveland in a ...

Semiquincentennial Commission

The Semiquincentennial Commission was created by the Nebraska Legislature through LB 275 in 2021, and consists of seventeen members, including the Director and CEO of ...

Collection Take Down Notice

In making materials available online History Nebraska acts in good faith. These materials are made available for educational and scholarly use. If you are a rights ...

For Your Enjoyment: Thanksgiving Foods from 1914

Did you ever wish you could step into a time machine and return to 1914, just over one hundred years ago, to join the celebration of Thanksgiving? What might the holiday ...

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About History Nebraska
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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