History Nebraska


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History Nebraska publishes works that explore Nebraska history and culture. Our readers range from professional historians to history buffs to curious people who simply find that learning about the past helps them better enjoy living and traveling here. We all share a passion for well-crafted historical writing.

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"Nebraska Timeline" Columns

From 1992 – 2019, History Nebraska wrote a series of articles for newspapers titled “Nebraska Timeline.” Below you can browse or search through those articles and discover interesting stories from Nebraska’s History. 

Camp Clarke Bridge

Henry T. Clarke was a veteran Nebraska freighter and bridge builder, whose best-known bridge (at Camp Clarke, near Sidney) was completed in June 1876. Clarke recalled ...

Campaigning in 1897

Nebraska's statewide political conventions in 1897 were complex and colorful. The traditional Republican and Democratic parties were each divided into gold and silver ...

Camping Vacation

Camping has been popular with Nebraska vacationers for well over one hundred years. Rail transportation to mountains or other scenic spots enabled even those of modest ...

Canning the Way to Victory

During American participation in World War I the U.S. Food Administration, under the direction of Herbert Hoover, launched a massive campaign to persuade Americans to ...

Capital Removal

Newspapermen Samuel D. Cox and Arthur B. Hayes, the authors of History of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska, published in 1889, explained in the "Preface" to the book the ...

Capitol (First) of Nebraska

Nebraska's first state capitol building was completed in Lincoln by December l, 1868. In a reminiscence published by the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1902 in ...

Carry Nation Debated Woman Suffrage at Seward

Carry A. Nation's anti-saloon activities in Nebraska in December 1901 and early 1902 took her not only to Lincoln and Omaha but to a number of smaller towns, where she ...

Carry Nation Tours Omaha

Carry A. Nation, famous as a Kansas "joint smasher" with her trademark hatchet, stopped in Omaha during her short lecture tour through Nebraska in early 1902. Chaperoned ...

Cartooning Rosewater

Victor Rosewater (1871-1940) succeeded his father, Edward, as managing editor of one of Nebraska's most influential Republican newspapers, the Omaha Bee, in 1895. Both ...

Cass County Fair, 1861

The Cass County Agricultural Society held its sixth annual fair in the fall of 1861. The two-day fair was described by E. R. O. of Rock Bluff in a letter to Robert ...

Casting the Ballot

Nebraskans at the polls this November will mark standardized printed ballots. But this precise regularity of ballots has not always been the case. In Nebraska's early ...


One of the early encounters of Europeans with catfish in this area of the country is found in the journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Just north of an Omaha ...

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About History Nebraska
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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