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What We Found

Salutatory A. M. Church and the Stuart Ledger

The first issue of a newspaper bearing the name of a new editor frequently carried his written introduction to the public. Editor A. M. Church introduced himself on ...

Sand Hills Memories

Life in Nebraska's Sand Hills was, and continues to be, a challenge. Mrs. Lulu Kortz Hudson shared these memories of her life in "the greatest sand dune area in the ...

Sandhills, Hawley’s Proposed Reclamation of

Conservation and prison reform were combined in a proposal by R. A. Hawley for the reclamation of the Sandhills of Nebraska in 1893. Hawley believed it feasible to plant ...

Santa Claus

By 1900 many department stores across America featured a live Santa Claus during the holiday season. Children typically sat on his lap and whispered their Christmas ...

Santa Fe Trail

French merchants operating along the Mississippi River in the 1730s felt sure they could make a profit if only a trade route could be opened to the Spanish provincial ...

Save Our Youth–Grow Watermelon

As you plan to plant your garden, don't forget to include some room for watermelon. You'll not only be rewarded with luscious fruit that's the perfect antidote to ...

Save the Buffalo

Some Nebraskans were aware of the values of wildlife conservation years before effective measures were enacted into law. The Daily Nebraska State Journal of Lincoln ...

Saving the State’s Money

An official review of Nebraska state expenditures in early 1908 uncovered several questionable purchases. The Nebraska State Journal on January 28, 1908, noted that the ...

Sawyer’s Timeline

Andrew J. Sawyer's Lincoln the Capitol City and Lancaster County, Nebraska, published in 1916, included a section entitled "Brief Happenings in Lancaster County ...

The Search for Better Babies

"If better live stock, why not better babies?" asked a member of the Grange in the pages of the Farm Journal (Philadelphia) in December of 1913. It was a natural ...

Searching for Prairie Gems

Compiled cookbooks, filled with recipes contributed by local cooks, have long been printed in Nebraska. These cookbooks present a fascinating look at what people cooked ...

Searching for Smuggled Hooch

U. S. Customs and Drug Enforcement Agency officials are kept busy these days searching for smuggled illegal drugs. Traffickers have hidden drugs in everything from ...

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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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