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The symbols and secret codes of a 1922 KKK membership medallion

This pocket piece in History Nebraska’s collection served as a kind of membership card for admittance to Klan meetings. .It demonstrates how the KKK used symbolism and ...

Senator Joseph McCarthy attacks President Truman on Omaha radio, 1951

  By David L. Bristow, Editor   “You are not fooling anyone by screaming that McCarthy is lying,” said Sen. Joseph McCarthy into a KFAB microphone ...

The gravestones with no names

This headstone once bore a child’s name, but it has been chiseled off. All other markers in the cemetery are likewise erased. Where is it? (more…)

When the Territorial Capitol basement was a human litter box, 1859

In 1859 members of the legislature used the capitol basement's dirt floor as a latrine. (more…)

How a Lexington meatpacking plant changed Nebraska

Historians will mark the opening of the Lexington IBP plant on November 8, 1990, as a major event in Nebraska history. (more…)

Blizzard of 1949

Blizzard, 1949. Francis Bateman, Box 142, Gordon, NE. Railroad tracks with snowdrifts towering above it to either side.   Custer County. Blizzard, 1949. A dog by ...

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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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