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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. 

Football Bowl Games

The annual debate over the best way to crown college football's national champion is nothing new. Bowl games and playoffs were the subjects of a poll of the nation's ...

Football in 1893

Nebraska football fans of 1893 could attend a number of high school and college games around the state. "The game of foot ball is only in its infancy in Nebraska," said ...

Football in Wilcox, 1904

Football fever took a while to catch on during the game's early years. At least one gets that impression from LeRoy Marshon, publisher of the Wilcox Banner, who in the ...

Football is Dangerous, According to Lincoln Call

"It may be a little early to prophesy with confidence the decline of foot ball as it is now played," commented the Sunday Morning Call (Lincoln) on December 3, 1893, ...

Football is Dangerous, According to Nebraska State Journal

Objections to high school football are seldom heard today. The popularity and widespread acceptance of the game at the secondary school level were predicted by ...

Football Spirit in Nebraska

The University of Nebraska football team was on a winning streak in 1902. Coach W. C. "Bummy" Booth's team went 9-0 that season and was unscored upon. The Lincoln Trade ...

Footrace in Lincoln, 1877

In late 1877 a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators turned out for several Lincoln footraces that pitted a local favorite against outside opponents. Heavy bets were ...

Ford and the 1976 Nebraska Primary

On July 14, 1913, Gerald R. Ford, then named Leslie King, Jr., was born in Omaha, the only person ever born in Nebraska who became president of the United States. ...

Foreign Investors

The 1980s witnessed considerable legislative and political struggle to protect Nebraska farmersfrom corporate and foreign investors. In 1889, the verdant farmlands of ...

Forests in Nebraska

Nebraska's forestry exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition, held in 1893 in Chicago's Jackson Park, was located in a special building among similar exhibits from ...

Fort Crook

Although plans were drawn for the 1888 establishment of Fort Crook (the predecessor of Offutt Air Base at Bellevue, Nebraska), no meaningful construction commenced until ...

Fort Kearny – Sydenham’s Memories

The growth of overland emigration to Oregon after 1842 resulted in the establishment of military posts across the West to protect travelers. Fort Kearny, first called ...

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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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