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Flashback Friday: Building a Log Cabin on the Treeless Plains

Historian Everett Dick referred to the Great Plains as the “sod-house frontier,” and Nebraska photographer Solomon Butcher made many iconic images of soddies, but ...

Timeline Tuesday: April Fools in Omaha in 1886

One Omaha barber was the victim of an elaborate April Fool's prank in 1886. John Nelson's photograph depicts a barber shaving a customer with a straight razor during an ...

Flashback Friday: A 1930s Medical Romance

Medical student Joe Holoubek was dismayed the first time he saw a “hen medic” in a class at Mayo Clinic in 1937. But he got over his prejudice against women doctors and ...

Gasohol – The First Time Around

  This innovative motor fuel was not promoted as a way to relieve oil shortages or mitigate environmental problems. Rather, ethanol promised economic ...

Flashback Friday: Hiram P. Bennet and Nebraska’s First Territorial Legislature

Thomas B. Cuming, secretary of Nebraska Territory from 1854 to 1858. James W. Savage and John T. Bell, History of the City of Omaha, Nebraska (New York, ...

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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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