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. 

Egan, Patrick

One of the last of Lincoln's downtown business district residences, a box-like two-story frame structure facing north at 1447 Q Street, was razed in 1969. In the 1880s ...

Election Excitement in 1884

In November of 1884, Grover Cleveland narrowly defeated Republican James G. Blaine to become the first Democrat to be elected President since 1856. The tumultuous ...

Election for Nebraska Supreme Court Judge, 1891

The 1891 election for Nebraska Supreme Court judge was an unusual contest. The People's Independent convention was held August 18, 1891, at Hastings. The nominees ...

Election in Rock Bluff, 1866

Rock Bluff, Cass County, during territorial days was one of Nebraska's thriving river towns although almost nothing of it remains today. The town was founded January 6, ...

Elections in Nebraska, 1886

Prohibition was a major issue for Nebraska voters in 1886. While railroads, currency, and tariff reform were debated, the real political interest on the state level was ...

Elopers Flee Lincoln, 1877

Young love, traditionally celebrated on Valentine's Day, springs up throughout the year--and through the years. From Lincoln's Daily State Journal, November 14, 1877: ...

Emancipation Day

Family & friends of Robert H. Hannah on his homestead. "Picture taken by William H. Meehan at annual Emancipation picnic - 1st Sunday in August at Daddy Hannah's ...

Emory Wyman and Compulsory Voting

Emory Wyman (1834-1929), a resident of Shelton in Buffalo County, was elected to the Nebraska House of Representatives as a Fusion candidate in 1898. Once seated, he ...

English Sparrows in Nebraska

The English sparrow is one of the commonest birds in Nebraska and in the United States. It was brought to the U.S. in 1851, and to Nebraska in the 1870s. Several letters ...


Although Nebraska's first permanent theater, the Omaha Academy of Music, was not opened until 1867, there had been for a decade prior to this time sporadic theatrical ...

Excursion to Lincoln, 1868

In the spring of 1868 a small group of Kansans traveled north to the new city of Lincoln, designated the Nebraska state capital only the year before. The Enterprise of ...

Fair Charmer

Readers of the Omaha World-Herald on June 25, 1894, were entertained with details of the past exploits of a woman identified as Evelyn Nims, "the fair charmer who dealt ...

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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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