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History Nebraska Receives $350,000 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant

The National Park Service has awarded $350,000 from the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant to History Nebraska (P22AP01544). The State Historic Preservation Office ...

Why Kearney, Nebraska, will become a second Minneapolis (1889)

Kearney was booming in 1889 when city boosters commissioned a promotional book entitled The City of Kearney, Nebraska. A copy of this boastful, lavishly illustrated book ...

The Year Nobody Scored on the Huskers

By David L. Bristow, Editor Husker fans love arguing about whether the 1971 or 1955 championship team was the greatest in school history. But one year the Cornhuskers ...

The first years of Genoa Indian Industrial School

By Breanna Fanta, Editorial Assistant   During the Indian Reform movement that began in the 1860s, reformers opened boarding schools to assimilate Indigenous ...

When Fort Robinson had walls, 1875

During his many years as curator at Fort Robinson, historian Tom Buecker used to say that visitors’ most-asked question was, “Where’s the fort?” People came expecting to ...

A dudy is a Czech bagpipe

Here’s something to look for next time you’re in downtown Lincoln. A Czech bagpipe (known as a dudy) is pictured on the outside of a prominent building. Can you find ...

Grand Grocery, 1942

Color photography was still relatively rare and expensive in 1942 when photographer John Vachon stopped at the Grand Grocery at 1000 P Street in downtown Lincoln. ...

Bombs Away

During the early morning on August 16, 1943, residents of tiny Tarnov, Nebraska, were startled from their sleep by the sound of "bombs" falling on their town.  The ...

Emily Fontenelle’s Fancy Handbag

This handbag reflects Emily Fontenelle’s mixed-race Pawnee heritage and her nineteenth- and twentieth-century lifetime. She donated the bag to History Nebraska in ...

Welcome to Archeology Month!

September is Archeology Month! Let us introduce you to Nebraska's State Archeologist, Dave Williams. New Nebraska State Archeologist Dave Williams conducting ...

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