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Marker Monday: Phelps County

  Marker Text The great immigrant roads to the West which followed the Platte River brought the first settlers to this area. Beginning in the late 1850's, ...

Emigrants along the Trails at Chimney Rock

When people traveled west on the Oregon, Mormon, California, and other famous trails, they had to decide what to bring with them and what to leave behind. Many of them ...

Marker Monday: Easter Blizzard of 1873

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments, places, and people in our state's past. Today we're focusing on a marker that tells the story of ...

She Didn’t Know She Was a Statue

Lucy Vander Sterre’s face was used as a model for a prominent statue in Omaha. But she didn’t know the statue existed for more than 30 years. In the Fall 2014 issue of ...

Neligh Mill at 150

By David L. Bristow April 10, 2024 Neligh Mill, in the northeast Nebraska town of Neligh, is a place where the past doesn’t feel all that long ago—as if the ...

Marker Monday: Village of Harrison

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today, we're focusing on the history of the town with the highest ...

Willa Cather’s Real-Life Ántonia on the Radio

By David L. Bristow Ántonia Shimerda is perhaps Willa Cather’s most beloved fictional character, the namesake of her 1918 novel, My Ántonia. Cather based Ántonia ...

Evelyn Sharp, Nebraska’s teen airmail pilot

Evelyn Sharp wasn’t Nebraska’s first female pilot, but is remembered for all she accomplished during her brief life. Sharp’s father owned a café in Ord and rented ...

Nebraska History Spotlight: Platte County Historical Society

History Nebraska isn’t the only organization preserving and sharing the stories of Nebraska's history. This post is our first “Nebraska History Spotlight,” in which ...

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 ...

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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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