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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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1888 Nebraska State Fair Bands

Bands have been a tradition at the Nebraska State Fair for almost as long as the fair has existed. The September 4, 1886, Daily Call of Lincoln, on microfilm at the ...

Depression Living

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Nebraskans became accustomed to living under trying conditions. People had to cope not only with hard economic times, but with ...

Defending the Cancan

The cancan, with its high kicks by a chorus line of female dancers in ruffled skirts, was once considered dangerous to good morals. "T. B. M." wrote to ...

Death of Col. William McCord, First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry

April 6-7 marks the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh (aka Pittsburg Landing) in Tennessee, one of two major Civil War battles in which the First Nebraska ...

Death in a Well

Working in a deep, hand-dug well was risky business in the days before machinery made human descent into the bowels of the earth unnecessary. Graphic evidence of the ...

Dawson, John L.

Dawson County, formed in 1871, was long thought to be named for a Nebraska pioneer, Jacob Dawson, first postmaster of Lancaster (now Lincoln). However, further research ...

David P. Abbott

David P. Abbott (1863-1934), amateur magician and investigator of the paranormal, was born near Falls City but lived most of his life in Omaha. In later life Abbott ...

The Davey Ghost

Tales of the supernatural are part of the lore of many Nebraska communities and occasionally surface in local newspapers. The Omaha Daily Bee on January 21, 1890, ...

Davis, Dr. Byron Bennett

Dr. Byron Bennett Davis was one of McCook's first physicians. Born in Wisconsin in 1861, he first came to Nebraska with his parents in 1869. He was graduated from the ...

Darwin Diary

In 1849 Charles Ben Darwin, a twenty-six-year-old attorney living with his wife and young son in Paris, Tennessee, fell victim to gold fever. In the early spring of that ...


Arthur W. Christensen of Dannebrog, in A Story of the Danish Settlement in Dannevirke, describes the early settlement of this unique Danish hamlet in Howard County. ...

Dangerous Dollars – The Movie

Nebraska-made movies starring local actors are of special interest to students of the state's film history. Contemporary newspaper accounts often provide details about ...

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