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. 

Mothers Day in 1909

In the United States the celebration of the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day dates to efforts by Anna Jarvis to establish such a day honoring her own and other ...

Motion Pictures

In the spring of 1916 the Omaha World-Herald commemorated its move from 1412 Farnam Street to 216 South Fifteenth Street with a number of special events, including a ...

Moving the Courthouse

Virtually every county in Nebraska has had a county seat fight. In Box Butte County Nonpareil was designated the first county seat after the county was formed in 1886, ...

Mrs. Stanton Speaks

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an ardent and articulate supporter of rights for women, campaignedtirelessly for women's suffrage. In June of 1871 she addressed "an intelligent, ...

Murder at the Lincoln Hotel: The Irvine-Montgomery Case

The trial of William H. Irvine for the murder of Charles E. Montgomery in October of 1892 in Lancaster County District Court captured statewide (and national) attention. ...

My Dear Cousin Hans

Before the telephone made it easy for Nebraskans to reach out and touch someone, letter writingprovided a vital link between family members and friends. Good news and ...

Mysterious Man in Red

Today's tabloids are no more flamboyant and sensational in tone than much of the nineteenth century press. For example, the Omaha Daily Bee, edited by Edward Rosewater, ...

Mystery Grave in Boyd County

Like something out of detective fiction, a crew digging a trench found an unmarked grave in a rural field where no graves were known to exist. This 2000 discovery near ...

Nahum Harwood in Nebraska Territory

Harwood's recollections (based on his contemporary diary) illustrate the rapid establishment of new towns and the feverish speculation in town lots that gripped Nebraska ...

Nan J. Aspinwall, Western Entertainer

"Nan Jane Aspinwall has successfully completed a ride on horseback from San Francisco to New York," said the Commoner (Lincoln), on July 28, 1911, in a brief paragraph ...

Nation, Carry

Carry Nation's visit to Kansas in early 1901 was marked by the anti-saloon forays (with her trademark hatchet) for which she is chiefly remembered. When finished in ...

Nation, Carry, in Nebraska City, 1902

Carry Nation's visits to Nebraska in early 1902 were among the few she made to this state. She was in Hastings in March, speaking at the Kerr Opera House and touring ...

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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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