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. 

Cather, Willa

The Nebraska State Journal celebrated its sixtieth anniversary with a July 24, 1927, special edition, which included reminiscences by former Journal staff members. ...

Cattle Drives

In 1907 rancher James H. Cook described his experiences herding cattle from Texas to Nebraska to Eli S. Ricker. While Cook talked Ricker recorded the story in a ...

Celebrating Labor Day in 1890, The Butchers’ Picnic

Labor Day in 1890 was celebrated on Monday, September 1, although some events associated with the day were celebrated several days before. One-a butchers' picnic held at ...

Census of 1890

Census statistics for the year 2000 offered an updated view of the population of Nebraska and its economic and social characteristics. Nebraska has been included in all ...

Census of 1900

Returns from the census of 1900 caused controversy when the figures were released. The August 23, 1900, issue of the Omaha Daily News (on microfilm at the Nebraska State ...

Census Taker’s Lament

In 1880 Omaha's notorious third ward included the heart of the city's gambling and prostitution. The character of the district created unique problems for federal census ...

Census Takers Wanted

Census figures for the year 2010 will give an updated view of the population of Nebraska and of its agriculture and industries. The state has been included in all ...

Centennial County Histories

In the spring of 1876 Congress passed a resolution asking individual counties and towns in the U.S. to compile their histories and to have them read at local Fourth of ...

Centoria, the State

Nebraskans must have read with interest of "the latest political 'fake,'" in the Lincoln Daily Call on March 2, 1890. The "fake" was an alleged scheme to "cut Nebraska ...

Charles E. Bessey

Professor Charles E. Bessey (1845-1915), a native of Ohio, was a nationally known University of Nebraska professor of botany and horticulture from 1884 to 1915 and a ...

Chautauqua in Scottsbluff

As a recreational and learning experience, Chautauqua had much to offer: operas, plays, famous speakers, and classes on art, religion, and music, to name just a few. The ...

Cherry County Divided

A map published by the Cody Cow Boy on November 3, 1911, depicted a proposed division of the present Cherry County into five sections: a new, smaller Cherry County to ...

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History Nebraska
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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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