History Nebraska

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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.

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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. 

Dundass Overland Trail Diary

Over seven hundred travelers along the Great Platte River Road left journals or diaries about their experiences in going West. These documents often have a vividness ...

Duren, Terence

Terence Duren (1907-1968) was a leading Nebraska artist from the post-World War II period. Duren, who lived most of his life in Shelby, is most widely known for his ...

Dust and Snow

During the 1930s, Nebraska suffered one of the most serious droughts in its history. In all parts of the state, rainfall was far below normal. The dry powdered soil ...

E. H. Barbour Recalls Mari and “Old Jules” Sandoz

Mari Sandoz (1896-1966), internationally known as a chronicler of the West and as an expert on Native American history, first gained fame as the author of Old ...

E. R. Purcell Remembers Newspaper Career in Custer County

"I have recently rounded out fifty years of newspaper work in Custer County," wrote Emerson R. Purcell in late 1942, shortly after the publication of the golden ...

Earthquake in Lincoln, 1877

Nebraskans have experienced no major earthquakes but have suffered occasional seismic shocks and tremors. The Nebraska State Journal of Lincoln on November 16, 1877, ...

Earthquakes

Nebraskans have experienced no major earthquakes but have suffered occasional seismic shocks and tremors. The state does have fault lines or cracks, generally far ...

Easter Cards

The history of modern greeting cards began in 1843 in England with the design of the first Christmas card. Easter cards were introduced somewhat later, but by 1887 ...

Eaton Brothers

By the time Webster Eaton (1839-1907) arrived in Nebraska in 1872, he was already an experienced newspaperman. A native of Brighton, New York, Eaton served in the Union ...

Edward A. Creighton

Edward A. Creighton, one of the most successful businessmen of Irish ancestry to settle in Nebraska, came to Omaha in 1857. The Ohio native had been a farmer, freighter, ...

Edward A. Whitcomb

Edward A. Whitcomb (1843-1924) was a man of many occupations: soldier, farmer, apiarist, businessman, editor, legislator, and postmaster. His fifty-year career in ...

Egan Letter

On May 19, 1849, H. Egan wrote the following letter at Fort Kearny to a friend in Kanesville, now Council Bluffs, Iowa. Egan, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of ...

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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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