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. 

Fourth of July at Tecumseh, 1883

Independence Day activities were reported by the July 7, 1883, Tecumseh Chieftain: "We didn't celebrate very profusely, but still all had a comfortable, quiet, pleasant ...

Fourth of July Fireworks, 1887

"Those storekeepers who cater to the wants of the small boy are beginning to decorate their show windows with fireworks," observed the June 14, 1887, issue of ...

Fourth of July Hazards

One might think emphasis on a "safe" celebration of Independence Day is a recent development. In the 1990s some Nebraska communities limit or ban fireworks, except for ...

Fourth of July in Dundy County, 1922

In 1922 the community of Parks in Dundy County celebrated the Fourth of July not only with the traditional fireworks, but a Crazy Cat Carnival in the evening. According ...

Fourth of July in Knox County

Fourth of July celebrations in Knox County in 1878 were held at Bazile Mills, Niobrara, and Walnut Grove. The Niobrara Pioneer of July 5, 1878, reported the day's ...

Fourth of July in Southeast Nebraska, 1884

The Daily State Journal of Lincoln on July 1, 1884, remarked on the upcoming Independence Day: "As it has been decided that Lincoln will not celebrate the glorious ...

Fourth of July, in Stuart, Newport, 1901

A fireworks display is a central feature of most Fourth of July celebrations. The Stuart Ledger, July 5, 1901, described two pyrotechnic displays, one held in Stuart and ...

Francis Burt

Francis Burt, a native of Pendleton, South Carolina, served very briefly in 1854 as the first governor of Nebraska Territory. (President Franklin Pierce had first ...

Frank H. Spearman

Frank H. Spearman (1859-1937) was a prolific writer of heroic fiction, especially about railroads and about the men who built and ran them in the West in the late 1800s. ...

Fred Astaire’s Omaha Origins

The year 1999 marks the centenary of Fred Astaire's birth in Omaha, where he was born as Frederick Austerlitz on May 10. His sister, Adele, two years older than Fred, ...

Free Auto Camps

Long distance travel in the early days of the automobile was difficult, and comforts along the way were few. Motorists pitched their own tents and cooked their own meals ...


In 1860 Henry E. Palmer traveled from Omaha to Pike's Peak with James A. Maxwell's party. He was a careful observer of the people the group encountered and the sites ...

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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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