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. 

A Hair Hoax

It was the style during the 1880s and 1890s for women to augment their own long hair with carefully matched hair from other humans or animals. Nebraska women usually ...

A Haunted House in Omaha

"Does superstition embarrass investment in real estate?" asked the Omaha Sunday Bee on September 24, 1899. "There never was a landlord or rental agent who managed many ...

A Kearney Ghost Story

Perhaps in anticipation of goblins and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, the Kearney Weekly Hub offered this "Kearney Ghost Story" October 3, 1890.   "There was ...

A Kids’ View of Fourth of July in Beaver City, 1897

Firing a cannon at a Fourth of July celebration in Brownville, Nebraska, in the early 1900s. History Nebraska RG3190-23a Two boys in Beaver City published their own ...

A Learning Vacation: Crete Chautauqua in 1886

Nebraska was a leader in the Chautauqua movement which brought culture and entertainment to rural America. Thousands of Nebraskans spent as many as ten days each summer ...

A Letter Home

Soldiers' letters home were frequently printed in the local gazette during World War II. The hometown boys (and girls) wrote about training and travel and the Armed ...

A Midsummer Christmas Eve

The Christmas of 1889 in Omaha was memorable chiefly for the record high temperatures recorded there. The Omaha Daily Bee on December 25, under the headline "Mid-Summer ...

A Nebraska Guidebook

The Depression years of the 1930s were hard times for many Nebraskans. Yet it was also atime of hope and expanding horizons. Personal transportation, in the form of ...

A Nebraska Poet?

Using poetry or reviews of poetry to satirize public figures is an old practice. The review of verses ascribed to Senator Phineas W. Hitchcock in the Omaha Weekly Bee of ...

A New Leaf for the New Year

A discarded stack of reporters' assignment books provided the Omaha Daily Bee with the topic for a New Year's column published on the first day of 1900. The Bee first ...

A Plea for Parks

In the mellow days of "Indian summer," many Nebraskans head to the park for a last dose ofoutdoor recreation before the chill of winter. Most of us don't think much ...

A Pleasure Trip?

Going for a spin in a new-fangled automobile was sometimes a real adventure, as thisaccount from the 1908 Campbell Citizen attests: "The scale of prices established by ...

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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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