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. 

Highways, Named

There were twenty-five or so "name" highways in Nebraska and on its periphery when the highway map first made its appearance. By 1924 Nebraska had instituted a series of ...

Historical Marker

On May 26, 1885, four families of Bohemian emigrants traveling in three covered wagons drawn by ox teams, camped in Richmond Canyon between Bartley and Cambridge. About ...

Hobo Harvest Hands

Traveling harvest crews have long been part of Nebraska's agricultural scene. But the ways ofthese itinerant workers change with the times, as this 1925 account ...

Hollingworth, Leta

Leta Stetter Hollingworth, born and educated in Nebraska, was a well-known New York psychologist during the early years of the twentieth century. She is best remembered ...

Hollins in the Black Hills

William G. Hollins saw Civil War service in the First Nebraska Infantry, resigning his commission on April 26, 1862. In 1870 he served as city marshal of Omaha. A ...

Homan J. Walsh and the Kite that Helped Build a Bridge

When Homan J. Walsh died in Lincoln on March 8, 1899, local newspapers noted that he had been a thirty-year resident of the city, a real estate businessman, officer of ...

Hoot Gibson

The career of Edmund Richard "Hoot" Gibson (1892-1962), the cowboy film star, spanned the silent and sound era of motion pictures. Sometimes called the "Dean of Cowboy ...

Horner, Charles F.

Charles F. Horner came to Nebraska from Wisconsin in 1886 at the age of eight. He graduated from high school in Lexington in 1894 and later bought and sold land and ...

Horse Heaven

Dr. Enos Lowe (1804-80) was one of Omaha's pioneer settlers, who helped lay out the city in 1853 and served as its first mayor. Historian A. T. Andreas said of Lowe: ...

Horse Railways

A major cause of the advent of horse railways in Nebraska towns in the 1880s was the statewide urban real estate boom. In Hastings, for example, the owners of one of the ...

Horses Yield to Tractors

The gradual transition from horse to tractor power on Nebraska farms was well underway by 1916 for many reasons. Horses were expensive to buy, feed, and maintain. ...

Housing Problems

Do you have a housing problem? If you do-and who hasn't?-chances are it's still not as bad as that faced by Nebraska's territorial pioneers. People were pouring into ...

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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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