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Buffalo Hunt at Niagara Falls

Capturing and shipping buffalo to Niagara Falls was no small task. NSHS RG3211-74 (above) James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, billed as “the most celebrated Scout and ...

An Artist’s View of the Fort Robinson Prisoner of War Camp

During World War II there were 126 Prisoner of War (POW) camps in the United States. Fort Robinson, Nebraska had one of these camps. By the end of the war, this camp ...

Go Big with Buttons

Cape, jacket, and skirt made by Nettie Vertrovsky of Crete and covered with buttons from her collection. (NSHS 7329-4,5) (at right). I like the saying “Go Big or Go ...

Back in Print – “Eyewitness at Wounded Knee”

NSHS RG2845-13-6 (at left). Never before has the story of the Wounded Knee Massacre been so clearly and movingly presented. Three Nebraska State Historical Society ...

Happy Days

There is just something about old drive-ins that brings out the nostalgia in people. In Lincoln, Ken Eddy’s was a legend.  In 1952, Ken Lydic and Eddy Gold opened ...

Hedwig Rosenberg’s Persian Lamb Coat

11588-263 (photograph at left). The Nebraska History museum has a collection of clothing that spans almost 150 years. Some of these items have important stories to ...

Dan Desdunes and the Birth of Omaha Jazz

A 1924 event in Wilber, Nebraska, featured “Dan Desdune’s Band and Minstrel Show of Omaha. Colored Entertainers Supreme.” RG813-445 (at left). Dan Desdunes lived a ...

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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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