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Rough on Rats (and biles, and piles, and corns . . . )

Old print advertising is weird.  Some may be boring, but if it’s not boring then it’s very weird.    Case in point—Rough on Rats.  Rough on Rats was a poison (arsenic) ...

Recent Acquisition: POW Scrapbook

The Library/Archives recently acquired a scrapbook relating to a Nebraskan’s military service during World War II and his capture and imprisonment in a German POW camp.  ...

Free Auto Camps

John Nelson’s photograph depicted a homemade auto camper (left). NSHS RG3542-124-01 Long distance travel in the early days of the automobile was difficult, and ...

“The Ugliest Artifact I’ve Ever Seen”

Museum artifacts can be beautiful. Museum artifacts can be plain. Plain museum artifacts can sometimes represent ugly ideas. It is rare, however, to come across a museum ...

The Mysteries of a Spanish-American War Uniform

One of the Nebraska History Museum’s wonderful volunteers is re-cataloging and researching the museum’s Spanish-American War uniforms.  This particular private’s uniform ...

Smurfs, Transformers, and Trolls–Oh My!

These are the toys we played with and bonded with friends over. These are the toys that allow us to have collective memories with our peers. (more…)

Beer and Blood: The Butchers’ Picnic

The South Omaha butchers conceived the idea that it would be fun to stay away and play a practical joke on their Council Bluffs brethren, . . . They sent a defiant ...

Why Not Buy a Novelty Tie?

As you may have gleaned from perusing previous blogs, History Nebraska houses a fairly large collection of artwork and other items from the late Nebraska artist John ...

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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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