History Nebraska

Publications

Who We Are

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.

  • Nebraska History Magazine (quarterly for History Nebraska members)
  • History Nebraska’s monthly email newsletter (full of history and the latest HN news)
  • Nebraska History Moments weekly emails (photo and short story)
  • Books

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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. 

Ice Cream Cones Seized, 1910

Ice cream cones, one of the few joys of summer available before air conditioning, became popular during the first decade of the twentieth century. Although the origin is ...

Ice Industry

For many years the cutting of ice from rivers and lakes was an important winter industry, especially in eastern Nebraska. Just when the natural ice industry began in ...

Ice Industry

The gradual introduction of home refrigerators powered by electricity eliminated the need for ice delivery to most Nebraska homes. The Nebraska State Journal of April ...

In the Middle of a Prairie Fire, 1876

Prairie fires were an ever-present danger in frontier Nebraska. Rolf Johnson of Phelps County knew this from experience. The Swedish immigrant provides a vivid ...

Indian Fighters and Pensions

Governmental bureaucracy is nothing new. Almost a hundred years ago, Nebraska veterans discovered missing records and "red tape" when they applied for military pensions. ...

Ionia Volcano

Unique sights between Omaha and Sioux City were described in the morning edition of the Omaha Daily Bee, on July 7, 1874. A letter writer, identified only as "RANGER," ...

Irish in Lincoln, 1890

"There was an enthusiastic and well attended meeting of the Lincoln branch of the Irish National league yesterday afternoon at Fitzgerald hall, Charles McGlave ...

Irrigation

One of the early difficulties with farming and development in Nebraska was associated with the semiarid climate. The possibilities of irrigation received almost ...

Irvine in Nebraska Territory in 1855

Clark Irvine arrived in Nebraska Territory in 1855 anxious to take advantage of whatever opportunities existed in a new land. His recollections of early Omaha, ...

J. D. Calhoun on Arbor Day

    "The Herald observed Arbor Day duly and regularly," reported editor J. D. Calhoun in the Lincoln Weekly Herald on April 26, 1890. In honor of the holiday Calhoun ...

J. H. Lemmon

J. H. Lemmon, one of Thayer County's earliest settlers, recorded his memories of the enormous numbers of buffalo in southeast Nebraska about 1860. In a reminiscence ...

Jackson, William H., Artist and Photographer

Artist and photographer William H. Jackson (1843-1942) was an outstanding figure of the American West and popularized many of its images. His autobiography, Time ...

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David Bristow | Publications
History Nebraska
1500 R St
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-4748
david.bristow@nebraska.gov
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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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