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. 


"It has been understood for some time that the Omaha papers have been preparing to replace their printers with typesetting machines," said the Nebraska State Journal of ...

Liquor’s Last Days

Nebraska law prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages effective May 1917, two years before the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed ...

Little Egypt in Omaha

Little Egypt was the stage name for several popular exotic dancers, who had many imitators. The first Little Egypt appeared at the "Street in Cairo" exhibition at the ...

Lives Risked for a Drink of Water

"Forty miles to water, thirty miles to wood, twenty miles to hell, and I've gone there forgood." Plains author Mari Sandoz quotes this inscription, left behind by a ...

Livestock Transportation

Railroad cars have been used to transport livestock since the 1830s, but until about 1860, the majority of shipments were made in conventional boxcars that had been ...

Lockwood, Belva, Visits Lincoln, 1885

The presidential election of 1884 was a memorable one. Democrat Grover Cleveland narrowly defeated Republican James G. Blaine after a scandal-filled campaign. The ...

Logging on the Niobrara

Nebraska is hardly known as a lumberman's paradise, but that didn't stop enterprising settlersfrom giving logging a try. B. Y. Shelley was one such hearty soul. Seeking ...

Lost in the Mail: Soldiers’ Photographs from the Civil War

The spring of 1898 saw preparations well underway for the opening later that year of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha. The Omaha Daily ...

Lost on a Streetcar

"Churning about in a big tub of water at the offices of the Omaha Street Railway company, Twentieth and Harney streets, is a turtle of more than average size," said ...

Love Letters, 1909

The tender expressions of young love typically exchanged on Valentine's Day have not always been encouraged. The Omaha Daily News on November 21, 1909, announced a ...

Lowell, the History of a Boom Town

Few Nebraska towns had such a boom history as Lowell in Kearney County. It was selected as a townsite by the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in 1871, and its ...

Lubber, the World’s Largest Horse

"Lubber, Biggest of Horses, is Dead," said the Norfolk Press on June 9, 1927, headlining an obituary for an animal exhibited throughout Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, ...

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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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