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What We Found

“Just Say No,” 1880s-style

A hundred years before America's youth were encouraged to "just say no" to drugs, many young people shunned the use of alcohol and tobacco. For some, playing cards was ...

Kansas-Nebraska Act

The Kansas-Nebraska Act, signed into law on May 30, 1854, by President Franklin Pierce, was closely related to national and sectional politics in the 1850s. The ...

Kearney and Black Hills Stage

The discovery of gold in the Black Hills in 1874 led a number of Nebraska communities, including Kearney, to promote themselves during the next several years as ideal ...

Kearney Cotton Mill

A cotton mill in Nebraska? It really happened in the 1890s. The two-story mill opened in the spring of 1892, employing hundreds of workers—many of them women and ...

A Kearney Ghost Story

Perhaps in anticipation of goblins and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, the Kearney Weekly Hub offered this "Kearney Ghost Story" October 3, 1890. "There was a ...

Around the World on Wheels

In April of 1895 Mr. and Mrs. H. Darwin McIlrath pedaled west from Chicago, determined to circle the world on bicycles. During their journey, sponsored by the Chicago ...

Arsenic in the Candy: A Poisoning Sensation in Hastings

"The central figure in the Hastings poisoning sensation is Miss Viola Horlocker, a popular young woman of that town, who has made many visits to this city and is well ...

Art in Nebraska

Art in Nebraska has developed rapidly - from Native American to surrealist efforts - in little more than 150 years. Nebraska, A Guide to the Cornhusker State, compiled ...

Ash Hollow

Ash Hollow is a picturesque wooded canyon in Garden County, Nebraska, three miles southeast of Lewellyn. A branch of the Overland Trail ran northwest from the Lower ...

William H. Ashby

Relatively few ex-Confederates chose to locate in Nebraska Territory following the close of the Civil War. One who did was William H. Ashby, a lawyer, civil servant, ...

Ashland, the First Saunders County Seat

William H. Ashby Relatively few ex-Confederates chose to locate in Nebraska Territory following the close of the Civil War. One who did was William H. Ashby, a lawyer, ...

Fred Astaire’s Omaha Origins

The year 1999 marks the centenary of Fred Astaire's birth in Omaha, where he was born as Frederick Austerlitz on May 10. His sister, Adele, two years older than Fred, ...

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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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