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The Day Nebraska Lost

On March 5, 1860, a majority of voters in Nebraska territory cast their ballots against statehood.  Many Nebraskans felt it was time for the territory to become a state, ...

Nebraska Nursery and Seed Catalogs

With our first taste of spring, many of us are dreaming of warmer days and planning our gardens for the upcoming season.  There’s nothing like a stack of colorful seed ...

When Buffalo Bill’s men almost dumped a cowboy statue in a lagoon

What happens when real cowboys see fake cowboy art? In 1893 it took all of Buffalo Bill Cody’s persuasiveness to keep his men from dumping the work of a famous sculptor ...

Harriet S. Brooks, Woman Suffragist

By the time Harriet S. Brooks became a senior founding member of the Nebraska Woman Suffrage Association, she had been promoting women's right to vote for decades in ...

The First Frisbee Competition? Lincoln, 1957

By Kylie Kinley, Editorial Assistant   The year 1957 had its problems. Americans feared nukes from space after the Soviet launch of Sputnik. Baseball fans ...

World War II food rationing

Sugar rationing ended in the U.S. in June 1947 after nearly five years of shortages brought about by World War II. Here's a ration book from the Nebraska History ...

Good Guys Wear White Hats

10645-2029; Source: John P. Falter Collection (top left) 10645-2030; Source: John P. Falter Collection (top right). Those of you who have been following our blog, know ...

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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.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

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Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

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The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.
Nebraska Collections
History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.
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Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.