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. 

George L. Miller, Reminiscences in 1905

Seward County historian W. W. Cox included reminiscences from pioneer Nebraskans in his classic history of Seward County, published in 1905. George L. Miller, physician ...

Gere, Charles Henry

Charles Henry Gere received his education in Pennsylvania, studied law in Baltimore, and served in the Civil War before coming to Nebraska in 1865. The New York native ...

Ghost in North Omaha

"'Do you believe in spooks?' is the question of all-absorbing interest now being excitedly discussed in Rod and Gun Club bungalows clustered together on the historic ...

Ghost in Prospect Hill Cemetery

Prospect Hill Cemetery, 1923 Readers of the morning edition of the Omaha Daily Bee on July 18, 1874, must have been startled to learn of a mysterious "woman in white" ...

Ghost Story

An early Nebraska ghost story was related in 1934 by Oscar Samson, a pioneer settler of Burt and Cuming counties, in an address before the Cuming County Historical ...

Gibson, George Howard

The Populist movement attracted social thinkers of many kinds, including George Howard Gibson. Gibson, a Christian Socialist, edited Nebraska's official Populist ...

Gillespie Diary

The Josiah B. Gillespie family of six moved by wagon and horseback from their home at Coxville, near Chadron, Nebraska, to west-central Oklahoma in 1899. Gillespie, ...

Gold Cure for the Liquor Habit

Nebraska was home during the late nineteenth century to a number of local Keeley hospitals or treatment centers for patients addicted to alcohol, nicotine, and narcotic ...

Gold Rush, 1858, by J. H. Presson

Rumors of gold strikes on several small creeks in what is now Colorado touched off the Pike's Peak gold rush in 1858. Nebraska City was the steamboat landing and ...

Gold Rush, 1898

The gold rush to Alaska and the Canadian Yukon, beginning in the summer of 1897, was reflected in the pages of Nebraska's newspapers. The fortune seekers usually ...

Gonne, Maud, in Omaha, 1900

When Maud Gonne (1865-1953), a well-known Irish nationalist, arrived in Omaha in early 1900 for a speaking engagement, the Nebraska Irish were clearly delighted to have ...

Good Old Clerking Days

Merchandising has come a long way from the days of the general store, as recalled here in the1930s files of the Works Progress Administration from the Nebraska State ...

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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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