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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. 

Growing Celery

Nebraska farmers have often experimented with new crops in their endeavor to obtain wealth from the land. The Kearney Daily Hub, on May 16, 1901, reported on the ...

Gubernatorial Race in Nebraska, 1892

Nebraska's gubernatorial race in 1892 was a four-way contest. The candidates were Republican Lorenzo Crounse, Democrat J. Sterling Morton, Populist Charles H. Van Wyck, ...

Gun or Packet, Which?

Who saw what? Who did what? These were the questions that filled the papers in 1907. Thecontroversial incident involved a doctor and a Nebraska National guardsman, both ...

H. P. Bennet and Nebraska’s First Territorial Legislature

Nebraska's first territorial legislature, convened in 1855 in Omaha, reflected the impermanent population that then inhabited the territory. Some of those elected had ...

H. Winnett Orr at the University of Nebraska

H. Winnett Orr (1877-1956), a pioneer Lincoln orthopedic surgeon, had decided early in life to follow the example of his uncle, Dr. H. J. Winnett, and study medicine. In ...

Halley’s Comet

The appearance of Halley's comet in Nebraska skies during the spring of 1910 generated much excitement, according to contemporary newspapers on microfilm at the Nebraska ...

Hallmark Cards

The three Hall brothers-Rollie, Will, and Joyce-combined their savings and experience to form a partnership called the Norfolk Post Card Company. Will Hall, who located ...

Halloween in Hickman, 1892

"It is on Hallowe'en that everything gets a move on itself," said E. F. Fassett, editor of the Hickman Enterprise on November 5, 1892. Fassett noted the proximity of ...

Halloween in Omaha, 1909

"Witches Revel Day Early," announced the Omaha Daily News on October 30, 1909. Because Halloween was on a Sunday that year, the traditional mischief occurred on the ...

Halloween, 1883

Nebraska's newspapers reveal frequent news and occasional comment on Halloween observances, legal and otherwise. The editorial column "Topics of the Times," in ...

Harden, Edward

When Nebraska Territory was organized in 1854 one of the judicial appointments went to Edward Randolph Harden of Georgia. Harden had grown up in Savannah and enjoyed its ...

Hardy, Harvey Wesley

Harvey Wesley Hardy (1825-1913), a pioneer Nebraska merchant, civic leader, and temperance advocate, was born at Perry, New York, in 1825. For the first forty years of ...

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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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