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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. 

Neihardt, Mona

Mona Martinsen Neihardt (1884-1958) was a noted sculptress and wife of John G. Neihardt, Nebraska's poet laureate. Her father had a successful banking career and became ...

Nellie Bly in Nebraska

Nellie Bly. Wikimedia Commons   “Nellie Bly” was the professional pseudonym of Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (1867-1922), one of Joseph Pulitzer’s best reporters at ...

New Washington in Nebraska

  A traveler to Republican City via Kearney described his journey in a letter published July 4, 1872, in the Nebraska Advertiser of Brownville. The author, "W. ...

New Year’s Balls at Alliance, 1903

On New Year's Eve in 1903 Alliance was the scene of two well-attended holiday balls. The Alliance Semi-Weekly Times of January 1, 1904, called the first, held in honor ...

New Year’s Calling Cards

An important part of the bygone custom of paying New Year's calls was the presentation of an appropriate calling or visiting card by the caller to the hostess. Inscribed ...

New Year’s Calls by Joseph Barker

Omaha resident Joseph Barker described his New Year's Day activities in an 1869 letter to his parents in England: "On new year's day I went out calling with Frank ...

New Year’s Calls, by Clement Chase

Clement C. Chase, pioneer Omaha resident and longtime editor of the Omaha Excelsior, on September 30, 1916, published in the Excelsior his recollections of early Omaha. ...

New Year’s Holiday

The Omaha Daily News, on December 31, 1900, reported on the city's plans to greet a new year. According to the News: "Amid imposing religious services, the ringing of ...

New Year’s Resolutions for 1907

"This is the day that many resolutions are made," said the Lincoln Evening News on January 1, 1907, "and The News has gathered a few on the fly that may aid in ...

New Year’s Welcome in 1914

The arrival of the New Year of 1914 in Omaha was joyous but marred by minor shooting mishaps that authorities were anxious to eliminate. The Sunday World-Herald on ...

Newspaper Portraits

The faces seen in illustrated newspapers of the late nineteenth century often seem surprisingly similar. Engravings of U.S. congressmen, patent medicine purveyors, ...

Newspaper Scandal and a Murder

Nebraska has seen many unusual murder cases through the years, each with its own unique causes. One, in Adams County in 1892, was prompted by local gossip about a young ...

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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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