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Omaha, A Stop on the Great Race of 1908

The Thomas car that won the 1908 New York to Paris Race, on display in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. On March 5, 1908, a Thomas automobile, the ...

Quality 19th Century Entertainment At The Lincoln’s Funke Opera House

In its heyday, the Funke Opera House was a popular Lincoln destination. It even had the distinction of being the venue for the city's very first screened movies. ...

Patrick Egan and Nebraska’s Center For Irish Home Rule

Patrick Egan's political career spanned both sides of the Atlantic and included a stint in Lincoln, during which time he helped make the capital a center for Irish Home ...

Dr. Rustin’s Mysterious Death

The strange death of prominent Omaha physician and surgeon Frederick Rustin in September of 1908 ushered in a series of widely publicized events culminating in ...

Terence Duren, Shelby’s Famous Artist

Terence Duren's journey to becoming one of Nebraska's leading artists began at age 6 during a battle with polio. (more…)

One Thousand Miles from Home on the Wild Prairie

Like many men in 1849, Charles Darwin (not that one) was struck with gold fever and headed to the California gold fields. And, like many men in 1849, he failed. But his ...

Dawson County’s True Namesake

For a while, people assumed Dawson county was named after the first postmaster of Lincoln. As it turns out, the true namesake never even stepped foot in Nebraska. ...

The Three Burials of Emmet Crawford

Captain Emmet Crawford, the namesake of Crawford, Nebraska, had quite the interesting burial experience. Or shall we say experiences? (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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