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What We Found

The Prohibition Amendment

Every election has its hot issues. Deficits and radioactive waste may confront us now, but here's what voters in 1890 faced: "The greatest question ever before the ...

Prohibition Party Candidates

In the November election of 2008, most voters will mark their ballots without much regard for candidates outside the Republican and Democratic parties. A century or more ...

Protecting the Pedestrian

The dawn of the automobile age in Nebraska brought with it wonderful new mobility--and wondrous new hazards as well. This none-too-serious look at the very real danger ...

Public Holidays

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10 of that year be set aside for tree ...

The Pure Food Question

"Gypsum in cayenne pepper and ginger, canned meats containing borax or sulfites or both, glucose in preservatives, starch and phosphates in cream of tartar and ...

Quesenbury, William M.

Surviving images and artistic renditions of Oregon-California Trail scenes are rare. A collection of previously unknown views by Arkansas artist William Minor Quesenbury ...

A Question of Business: Will Machines Replace Stenographers?

In 1877 Thomas A. Edison invented a machine that could record and reproduce the human voice using a tinfoil-covered cylinder. Edison's phonograph, his trade name for his ...

Rabbit Drives

Depression difficulties in some areas of western Nebraska included the overabundance of rabbits. The Nebraska State Historical Society Library/Archives includes a copy ...

Railroad Ecology

As the Union Pacific Railroad built its road west through the Platte Valley and began service, the supply of water and fuel for their steam locomotives was of great ...

When Railroads Promoted Immigration (Updated August 2018)

Railroads used to be Nebraska’s biggest promoters. They even advertised overseas to encourage people to immigrate to Nebraska. By the 1870s the Union Pacific and the ...

Rain in Nebraska!

"RAIN IN NEBRASKA," the headline read. "LONG DRY SPELL IS BROKEN BY HEAVY SHOWERS." In the hopes that history may repeat itself, here's more of the drought-breaking ...

Rainmakers

One of the most pronounced characteristics of Nebraskans has been an unwillingness to accept a dry year with no protest. Protests have been expressed politically--as in ...

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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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