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. 

Harriet S. Brooks, Woman Suffragist

Harriet S. Brooks (1828-1888) was the most senior of Nebraska's woman's rights activists in the years leading up to 1882. She promoted suffrage in the pages of the Omaha ...

Hartmann in Omaha

Readers of the Omaha Daily Republican on August 25, 1881, must have been startled by the news that a man identified as "The Dynamite Fiend" had briefly visited Omaha and ...

Harvey, Turlington

Turlington Harvey was a nineteenth century inventor and entrepreneur prominent in the history of Chicago and of Otoe County, Nebraska. Harvey had come from New York to ...

Harvey’s Description of Nebraska

A description of "The State of Nebraska" by Augustus F. Harvey (1830-1900) was included in the Second Annual Report of the State Board of Agriculture in 1869. Harvey ...

Hayes County Thanksgivings

Thanksgiving, with its combination of patriotic and religious sentiments, was a most popular19th-century American holiday. Only July 4th was more widely observed. Even ...

Hayes, Rutherford B.

Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-93), who served as the nineteenth president of the United States between 1877 and 1881, is remembered chiefly for ending Reconstruction twelve ...

Heat Wave

August 1909 brought a severe heat wave to Omaha. Daily life became a struggle to keep cool. "Every shady nook was sought and the parks and resorts at the lakes were ...

Henry D. Perky, the Shredded Wheat King

Henry D. Perky (1843-1906), a lawyer, businessman, railroad builder, and promoter, is best remembered for his invention of shredded wheat, a ready-to-eat cereal that ...

Henry Ford in Fremont

Henry Ford's arrival in Fremont in August of 1916 to vacation and to attend a widely advertised tractor show there attracted statewide attention. The show was one of ...

Henry Olerich, Utopian Reformer

Henry Olerich (1851-1927), a little-known utopian writer, saw his most famous book, A Cityless and Countryless World, published in 1893. It advocated the redistribution ...

Henry T. Clarke

Henry Tefft Clarke, pioneer legislator, freighter, and bridge builder, settled in Bellevue, Nebraska, in 1855. He became a steamboat agent at Bellevue and later began a ...

Hickman Gets the Fair

August and September are traditional months for county fairs in Nebraska, frequently-but not always-held in a county seat town. The Hickman Enterprise in the spring 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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