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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 ...

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 ...

Nebraska’s first radio station?

After years of experimental broadcasting, Nebraska’s first commercial radio stations went on the air in 1922. Who was the first? (more…)

The Huskers wore green jerseys for the 1919 football season

The Huskers played the entire 1919 season wearing green jerseys and scarlet socks. What was their athletic director thinking? And how did fans react? (more…)

The Era of Radio Begins, 1922

“In future ages historians will scan the record to determine when radio transmission became general and popular and will fix the date not far from 1922." (more…)

Why History Nebraska will demolish the grain elevators at Neligh Mill State Historic Site

Perhaps you have seen in the news that the History Nebraska Board of Trustees voted in July to demolish the grain elevators (but not the mill itself) at Neligh Mill ...

Earliest video of Husker football

Film clips from a circa-1919 game against Notre Dame are spliced together with clips from an even earlier game, circa 1912-1914. We believe this is the earliest known ...

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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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