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Should Casler’s Grave Be Decorated?

By 1929 the ranks of Civil War veterans were thinning. Each year Nebraska cemeteries saw more old soldiers’ graves bedecked with flowers on Decoration Day, as Memorial ...

Small Town, Big Missile

In a land of open fields and apple pie, Southeast Nebraska seemed calm and routine. But in 1958 construction began on a project that was quite the opposite–giant ...

A Titanic Centennial 2012

Emil Brandeis. NSHS RG2411.PHO-565 (at left). Lately the news has been full of stories about the sinking of Titanic and the reissue of James Cameron’s movie about its ...

No Riding on the Sidewalk!

Tom Mooney, Curator of Manuscripts at History Nebraska ran across a booklet containing the Ordinances of the City of Beatrice, Nebraska from the year 1885 recently and ...

Nan J. Aspinwall, Western Entertainer

When Nan Aspinwall arrived in New York on July 8, 1911, after a ride on horseback from San Francisco to New York, it was perhaps the highlight of a long and colorful ...

Mystery Grave in Boyd County

The Boyd County skull, showing what appears to be a bullet hole in the forehead. Like something out of detective fiction, a crew digging a trench found an unmarked ...

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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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