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. 

Fitchie, Samuel D.

Samuel D. Fitchie, who lived sixty-two years in Nebraska, described his early experiences here in a letter written December 20, 1919, to the Nebraska State Journal. ...

Flies and Livery Stables

The presence of horses in Nebraska towns and villages during the decades when they were necessary for transportation resulted in public health problems. One of the most ...

Floating the Platte River in Fur Trade Days

Wagon teams ford the South Platte River near present-day Hershey, Nebraska, in 1866. NSHS RG3351-32 ​ Nebraskans familiar with the Platte River would probably ...

Florence, Nebraska

Florence, Nebraska, has ceased to exist independently. By annexation it has become part of its larger neighbor, Omaha. Situated in northeastern Douglas County, Florence ...

Flour from Nebraska

The flour mill is an important part of our heritage. In the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth there were mills in almost every county of Nebraska, with even ...

Flour Mills

The first two Nebraska flour mills were located at the army post of Fort Atkinson and at Mormon Winter Quarters in Florence. The great distances involved in shipping ...

Flying High at Ninety

"Well, I know I have been nearer heaven than most of you fellows," was the greeting Ellen Harn of Kenesaw gave to the people she met when, at the age of 90, she ...

Folklore in Nebraska

Of all the legends connected with Nebraska, the most macabre is undoubtedly the Rawhide Creek fable. There are many variations, but the common theme is the murder of an ...

Food Along the Overland Trail

The food supply was the heaviest and most essential part of an overland emigrant's outfit. It was necessary to pack the right amount. Too large a quantity of food would ...

Food Conservation

"Conservation" is a word we hear a lot these days, as Nebraskans join others worldwide in efforts to preserve the earth and its resources. "Conservation" was a ...

Football at the Omaha Medical College, 1900

"The football season of 1900 has closed and the shaggy-haired heroes--the pride and boast of the Omaha Medical College--have laid away their football togs with a feeling ...

Football at the University of Nebraska, 1895

University of Nebraska football practice for the 1895 season got a late start, according to The University Monitor, a weekly student newspaper. The Monitor reported on ...

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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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