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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 ...

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 youth 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 ...

Securing a Civil War Era Sewing Kit

When collection objects are loaned from one museum to another for an exhibit, it is best practice for a condition report to be written before the object is sent away.  ...

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…)

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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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