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Marker Monday: The Neligh Mills

Marker Text The Neligh Mills, built from locally fired brick in 1873 by John D. Neligh, was the first business and industry in the then newly platted town. Later owners ...

Arbor Day 1982

Here's a look back at 1982 when a man helps a group of children plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of ...

Journey to Freedom – Celia and Eliza Grayson’s escape from Nebraska slavery

Editor's note: Below is the first part of "Journey to Freedom from Nebraska Territory," from the Summer 2022 issue of Nebraska History Magazine. Read the complete ...

Arbor Day Ceremonies Plant New Trees at Schools

  Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872 through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton and the State Board of Agriculture. The day became a legal holiday in ...

Nebraska’s Japanese American History

By David L. Bristow, Editor April 18, 2023   Japanese immigration to the West began following the Meiji Restoration of 1868, with immigrants coming first ...

Gabriel Field—The Face of a Soldier

  By Patricia C. Gaster, Assistant Editor This article first appeared in the January-February-March 2010 issue of Nebraska History News, published by the ...

How to make corn mush (1861)

  By David L. Bristow, Editor Many Nebraska pioneers remembered living on cornmeal when there was little else to eat. Most common and easily prepared was ...

Marker Monday: Ward Bond’s Boyhood Home

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today we focus on the childhood home of Ward Bond, an actor who ...

Near-beer and cone-topped cans: The Columbus (Nebraska) Brewing Company

Columbus Brewing Company was the last brewery outside of Omaha when it ceased production in 1954. It produced several local brands of beer, and survived Prohibition by ...

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