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Telephone Booth Sign

A simple phone booth sign reminds us that racial segregation and discrimination were very real here in Nebraska. Our history includes laws against interracial marriage, ...

Throwback Thursday Photo, WAC Gladys Welch

In today’s Throwback Thursday photograph, WAC Gladys Welch sits smiling on an Army motorcycle at Fort Robinson. In 1943, a detachment of Woman’s Army Corp (WAC) was ...

Archeology at the Beaver Creek Trail Crossing Site

A number of early Nebraska settlements and townsites were relocated or abandoned over the years as transportation routes changed in response to the construction of new ...

Fairmont Foods Company

Fairmont Foods Omaha plant fleet, 1920 (RG4218.PH3-69) Fairmont Foods began as the Fairmont Creamery in Fairmont, Nebraska, in 1884. The creamery was a pioneer in ...

Throwback Thursday Photo, Prohibition in Douglas County

The Untouchables of Douglas County. In today’s Throwback Thursday photograph, members of the Douglas County Sheriff Department pose with illegal alcohol and still after ...

Genoa Indian School

In 1884 the Genoa Indian Industrial School was opened in Nance County on the grounds of an earlier vocational training school for Indian children. This new boarding ...

Flashback Friday: A Time Capsule Made of Sod

The NSHS recently assembled a team of scientists, historians, and local volunteers to salvage a sod house wall for study. The remnant of a 1903 Custer County sod house ...

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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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