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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. 

Powell, Doane

Doane Powell, an Omaha-born cartoonist, illustrator, and artist, was graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in art in 1904. He later studied in Paris ...

Prairie Fire, 1864

When John S. Collins set out across the Plains in 1864, he never expected a narrow escape from a Nebraska prairie fire along the way. Collins, who traveled with an ...

Prairie Fires

The first settlers of Nebraska found a vast expanse of bluestem, which could be highly flammable. The danger was greatest during the late autumn of a dry season before ...

Prairie Stoves

The world is full of great ideas, but sometimes the best are ignored. One example involves the case of an extraordinarily efficient stove that was widely introduced by ...

Presley in Nebraska

The twentieth anniversary of Elvis Presley's August 1977 death revealed that the King of Rock and Roll's popularity remains high. Nebraskans may recall that Elvis ...

Prizefighting — Not in Omaha!

In its heyday, spanning the mid-eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries, bare-knuckle prizefighting was a popular sport, much as gloved boxing is today. The ...

Prohibition Party Candidates

In the November election of 2008, most voters will mark their ballots without much regard for candidates outside the Republican and Democratic parties. A century or more ...

Protecting the Pedestrian

The dawn of the automobile age in Nebraska brought with it wonderful new mobility--andwondrous new hazards as well. This none-too-serious look at the very real danger ...

Protection for Buffalo

The extermination of the buffalo on the Plains occurred largely between 1870 and 1885. The Nebraska State Journal of Lincoln on February 1, 1874, editorialized in vain ...

Public Holidays

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10 of that year be set aside for tree ...

Quesenbury, William M.

Surviving images and artistic renditions of Oregon-California Trail scenes are rare. A collection of previously unknown views by Arkansas artist William Minor Quesenbury ...

Rabbit Drives

Depression difficulties in some areas of western Nebraska included the overabundance of rabbits. The Nebraska State Historical Society Library/Archives includes a copy ...

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David Bristow | Publications
History Nebraska
1500 R St
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-4748
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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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