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What We Found

The Fourth of July at the Trans-Mississippi Exposition

Independence Day at Omaha's Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in 1898 was marked by a memorable parade and a celebration of American victory in the war with ...

Timeline Tuesday: The Last Buffalo and Other Hunting Stories

When A. N. Ward reminisced about his early hunting exploits with a reporter from the Omaha World-Herald in 1910, he recalled the days when the Nebraska prairie abounded ...

Timeline Tuesday: Lincoln Penny

The year 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth and the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the Lincoln penny. When the Lincoln one-cent coin ...

Timeline Tuesday: Magic among the Indians

What happens when a magician is tricked by his audience? Julius Meyer, pioneer Omaha merchant and Indian trader, is the source for this tale of how Sioux tribesmen in ...

Timeline Tuesday: Nebraska’s Bees and Wasps

The Omaha Daily Bee was certainly the largest and most influential Nebraska newspaper to include "Bee" in its name. Its longtime editor, Edward Rosewater (1841-1906), in ...

Timeline Tuesday: The Shoemaker’s Ashes

"Edward Kuehl, one of the most peculiar characters that ever lived in Omaha, or anywhere else, was found dead in his bed last night in the back room of his place of ...

Busted for Ugliness by the Lincoln P.D.

The Lincoln Police Department has added history pages to its website (including a lot of material they found at our K Street Government Records Facility). The site has ...

Free Gardens for the Unemployed

These hard times aren’t the first hard times Nebraskans have faced. And it’s not the first time community gardens have helped people put food on the table. On March 4, ...

Dr. Charles Arnold’s Helmet

  With one look at this helmet, you know it has a story to tell.  Fortunately, it has a happy ending. This helmet belonged to Dr. Charles H. Arnold.  Arnold ...

Will Winter Never End?

How bad does it have to be before a locomotive snowplow gets stuck? A crew near Chadron on the Chicago and North Western line resorted to hand shovels to dig out a ...

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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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