History Nebraska

Publications

Who We Are

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.

  • Nebraska History Magazine (quarterly for History Nebraska members)
  • History Nebraska’s monthly email newsletter (full of history and the latest HN news)
  • Nebraska History Moments weekly emails (photo and short story)
  • Books

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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. 

Santa Claus

By 1900 many department stores across America featured a live Santa Claus during the holiday season. Children typically sat on his lap and whispered their Christmas ...

Santa Fe Trail

French merchants operating along the Mississippi River in the 1730s felt sure they could make a profit if only a trade route could be opened to the Spanish provincial ...

Santee Sioux Musical Band

Noted musician and bandmaster John F. Lenger was born in 1849 in Bohemia. He attended a government school and music conservatory in Prague until he was fourteen, when he ...

Save Our Youth–Grow Watermelon

As you plan to plant your garden, don't forget to include some room for watermelon. You'll not only be rewarded with luscious fruit that's the perfect antidote to ...

Save the Buffalo

Some Nebraskans were aware of the values of wildlife conservation years before effective measures were enacted into law. The Daily Nebraska State Journal of Lincoln ...

Saving the State’s Money

An official review of Nebraska state expenditures in early 1908 uncovered several questionable purchases. The Nebraska State Journal on January 28, 1908, noted that the ...

Sawyer’s Timeline

Andrew J. Sawyer's Lincoln the Capitol City and Lancaster County, Nebraska, published in 1916, included a section entitled "Brief Happenings in Lancaster County ...

Searching for Prairie Gems

Compiled cookbooks, filled with recipes contributed by local cooks, have long been printed in Nebraska. These cookbooks present a fascinating look at what people cooked ...

Searching for Smuggled Hooch

U. S. Customs and Drug Enforcement Agency officials are kept busy these days searching for smuggled illegal drugs. Traffickers have hidden drugs in everything from ...

Second State Capitol

The first Nebraska state capitol, built in Lincoln in 1868 and 1869, was replaced by a second less than twenty years later. Because the first capitol was built so ...

Second Territorial Capitol

The second territorial capitol building was erected in Omaha in 1857-58 at a cost of about $130,000. Situated on what came to be called Capitol Hill, it continued to ...

Seeing Lincoln: Civil War Veterans Remember

Abraham Lincoln's birthday in February of 1925 was celebrated by the History Club of Kearney State Teachers College with a dinner attended not only by members of the ...

Contact Us

David Bristow | Publications
History Nebraska
1500 R St
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-4748
david.bristow@nebraska.gov
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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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Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.