History Nebraska

Publications

Who We Are

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.

  • Nebraska History Magazine (quarterly for History Nebraska members)
  • History Nebraska’s monthly email newsletter (full of history and the latest HN news)
  • Nebraska History Moments weekly emails (photo and short story)
  • Books

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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. 

Cost of Living

To many people in Nebraska the most important problem after the close of World War I was the rising cost of living. Persons on fixed incomes, such as public employees, ...

Cost of Living, 1874

The Beatrice Express on January 22, 1874, published a brief article on the cost of living in Beatrice for the benefit of those seeking new homes in the West. ...

Council with the Otoes, 1844

The language barrier was a fundamental problem affecting negotiations between Indian tribes and the U.S. government. A good example is a council between U.S. Dragoons ...

County and State Fairs

In 1889 Chase County farmer C. L. Brainard, Sr., earned top honors at the first Chase County Fair and then at the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln. Brainard, who also ...

Covington, Columbus, and Black Hills Railroad

After the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, a rush occurred from Sioux City toward the northwest, leading some Sioux City capitalists to propose a rail line over ...

Cowboys

Cowboys first appeared in Nebraska on cattle drives from Texas, accompanying the vast herds to northern railheads such as Schuyler and Ogallala beginning in the 1860s. ...

Cowboys and Art

William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his Wild West were major attractions at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. However, a few members of the Wild West did ...

Cox, Samuel D.

Newspaperman, author, and irrigation booster Samuel D. Cox had years of achievement behind him at the time of his sudden death on December 29, 1906. Raised in Humboldt, ...

Crawford

The Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad line reached Fort Robinson on May 11, 1886. The town of Crawford, platted just east of the military reservation, was ...

Crawford, Emmet

Captain Emmet Crawford was killed in Mexico on January 18, 1886, after his command of Third U.S. Cavalry had chased Apache Indian raiders across the border and was ...

Crazy Horse Surrender Ledger Foreward

Red Dog, an Oglala Lakota who lived at the Red Cloud Agency, Nebraska, 1876-77 (Nebraska State Historical Society RG2955.ph).   In the summer of 1876, following the ...

Crime

The Mid-West Hotel Reporter of Omaha on February 11, 1921, included an interview with W. C. Brown. "Brown has lived most of the time for the past forty years in ...

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David Bristow | Publications
History Nebraska
1500 R St
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-4748
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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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