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150 Nebraska State Fairs

In 2019, Nebraskans celebrated the 150th Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. Here are some of our favorite state fair photos from the collections of History Nebraska ...

12-Star Suffrage Flag, 1911-1917

The first US flag had 13 stars. Why does this one have only 12? This flag from the Nebraska History Museum collections bears a star for each of the states in which ...

Bombs Away

During World War II, the US Army Air Force would practice bombing runs in preparation for battle.  They had designated bombing ranges where pilots could drop the ...

Nebraskans react to moon landing, July 20, 1969

July 20, 2019 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing. Here at History Nebraska, we’ve looked through some of our microfilmed newspapers to see ...

What happened when a million Nebraskans drank Polio Punch

In 1962 Nebraskans organized the largest mass vaccination campaign in the state’s history. An estimated 1 million Nebraskans drank polio vaccine at a series of “Sabin ...

Nebraska State Historic Preservation Board to Review National Register of Historic Places Nominations

For more information on the National Register of Historic Places program in Nebraska, contact the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office at History Nebraska at ...

Fred Astaire’s Omaha Origins

Never forget that Fred Astaire was born in Omaha. This old column from 1999 tells the story. (more…)

Restoring Willa Cather’s Attic Bedroom Wallpaper

Recently, Hilary LeFevere, Paper Conservator at our Ford Conservation Center, and Megan Griffiths, Technician, spent the week in Red Cloud, NE, working with the National ...

An Introduction to Nebraska Certified Local Governments

Every community has important historical resources and an irreplaceable historic character. Communities that participate in the Certified Local Government Program have ...

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