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What Is It Wednesday – August 31 – Scaly Brown Hollow Thing

Welcome to “What Is It Wednesday”! This week marks the last segment of "What Is It Wednesday" for a while, so make sure you try a guess! Check in next Wednesday for our ...

What Is It Wednesday REVEALED – August 31 – Armadillo Basket

What Is It Wednesday - August 31 - Armadillo Basket This week marks the last segment of "What Is It Wednesday" for a while. Check in next Wednesday for our new segment, ...

What Is It Wednesday – August 24 – Glass Tube With Weird Sphere At Bottom

Welcome to “What Is It Wednesday”! We’ll post a photo of an unusual artifact from our collections every Wednesday morning. Post your guess in the comments, and share ...

Beatrice, Crete, and Schuyler Downtown Historic Districts Now Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Corner of 11th and C Streets, view west, 1953. Photo courtesy of City of Schuyler   The historic downtown districts of Beatrice, Crete, and Schuyler are now ...

Timeline Tuesday: Burwell, Nebraska, Flying Machines, 1912 and 1964

 Welcome to our weekly series, "Timeline Tuesday." Every Tuesday, we'll post a brief Nebraska history story. The late NSHS historian and Nebraska History Associate ...

Recent Acquisition: Architectural Plan – Lincoln School, Norfolk, Nebraska

Architectural drawing for the Lincoln Public School, Norfolk, Nebraska, by James C. Stitt. [NSHS RG6034.AM]   The Nebraska State Historical Society recently ...

76-year-old man takes covered wagon along Oregon Trail to highlight historical significance

Caption: Ezra Meeker and his ox team at Chimney Rock, July 1906. NSHS RG0959.PH5-1   One hundred ten years ago in July 1906 Ezra Meeker stopped at Chimney ...

What Is It Wednesday – August 17 – Gray Rock With a Handle

Welcome to “What Is It Wednesday”! We’ll post a photo of an unusual artifact from our collections every Wednesday morning. Post your guess in the comments, and share ...

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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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