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. 

Kearney Cotton Mill

A cotton mill in Nebraska? It really happened in the 1890s. The two-story mill opened in the spring of 1892, employing hundreds of workers—many of them women and ...

Keeley Cure

Nebraska newspapers from the late nineteenth century include numerous advertisements for local Keeley hospitals or treatment centers for patients addicted to alcohol, ...

Keep Up Your Fires! 1874 admonition to homemakers

Before the days of central heating, keeping warm was a constant concern, even during the moderate days of spring and fall. Frugal housewives avoided consuming any more ...

Kimball, Thomas Rogers

Thomas Rogers Kimball became nationally known for his architectural work on the 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha. He came with his family to ...


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Kuska, Val

Val Kuska, an agricultural agent for the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad, was a notable figure in the history of Nebraska agriculture. He devoted his entire ...

La Flesche Sisters

St. Nicholas Magazine was perhaps the best known and one of the most highly regarded juvenile publications of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was ...

Labor Day Parade

Lincoln's Labor Day parade of 1890 was a joint effort by members of Lancaster County labor organizations and the Farmers Alliance, with some state, county, and city ...

Labor Day Parade, 1894

Omaha's Labor Day parade of 1894 was a "wonderfully successful affair, and was viewed from railings, steps, windows and sidewalks by fully 30,000 people," according to ...

Labor Day, 1889

Labor Day is a day of rest for most of us--the last holiday of the summer. But Nebraska's first Labor Day, a hundred years ago, offered little respite for those who ...

Labor Day, 1907

Labor Day is a holiday of long standing in Nebraska. Our law was introduced in the twenty-first regular session of the state legislature by Senator F. T. Ransom from ...

Labor Day, Objections to

Labor Day is a holiday of long standing in Nebraska. Indeed, the law in this state, signed in 1889, follows by only two years the first state legislation (the Oregon law ...

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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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