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. 

A Premature Fireworks Display

Independence Day celebrations began a day early in Omaha in 1901 when on July 3, a carelessly dropped match at H. Hardy's Ninety-nine Cent Store ignited a large stock of ...

A Question of Business: Will Machines Replace Stenographers?

In 1877 Thomas A. Edison invented a machine that could record and reproduce the human voice using a tinfoil-covered cylinder. Edison's phonograph, his trade name for his ...

A Racing Novelty

Horse racing has long been popular in Nebraska. Early newspapers include numerous accounts of such races, which took place in all parts of the state. The Omaha Daily ...

A Real Romance

Valentine's Day has long been the day to celebrate romantic love-but, as the Omaha Daily Bee pointed out on April 29, 1882, there's "Nothing Like a Little Common Sense ...

A Soldier’s Christmas

The Cornhusker, yearbook of the University of Nebraska, in 1918 was dedicated to "Nebraskans-Students, Alumni, Faculty-here and over there" who were serving in World War ...

A Surprising Foot Race

Many community celebrations and smaller gatherings in early Nebraska included foot racing. The popularity of foot racing as a competitive sport is revealed by a ...

A Tale of Domestic Woe, Divorce in 1900

A review of the columns of bygone Nebraska newspapers turns up many convoluted stories of domestic woe and the resulting legal hassles of divorce. The Sunday ...

A Trip on the Fast Mail

Much of America's mail was once sorted and distributed by the railway mail service. The first experiment in distributing U.S. mail in so-called "post offices on wheels" ...

Abbott, Othman A.

Othman A. Abbott (1842-1935), a practicing lawyer at Grand Island beginning in 1867, was not only one of Nebraska's influential pioneer lawyers but also one of the ...

Accidents along the Trail

The greatest dangers along the Overland Trail were disease and accident. Except for sanitary precautions, then little known, disease was perhaps unavoidable. Accidents, ...

Adams County’s Michigan Colony

The first white settlers in Adams County were Mortimer "Wild Bill" Kress and Jerome "California Joe" Fouts, who entered the area in 1869 and located claims on the Little ...

Advice to the Legislature

"Get government off our backs" has been a rallying cry of the 1980s, but fifty years ago therewere similar calls to reduce the number of laws on the books. A 1931 ...

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History Nebraska
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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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